Five cities to visit this Easter in Ourense

Here are five destinations for these spring vacations that are Easter. Five cities with much to see beyond the religious celebrations ofthese dates, with a lot of history, monuments, exhibitions, natural areas, gastronomy…

Ourense. In the capital of the province, the monumental area hosts the processions of the time, with a long tradition in the city. In it, the protagonist is the cathedral of San Martiño, with its colorful Pórtico del Paraíso and the altarpiece of Cornelis de Holanda, among other jewels. The visit to the temple is inexcusable, as it is located in the center, close to everything. We can also access the roofs, make a special tour with the title “From the Portico to Paradise”, or visit the church of Santa Maria Nai, considered the first cathedral of Ourense. Strolling through the historic center we find the Plaza Mayor, the Archaeological Museum, the convent of San Francisco, the church of Santa Eufemia…

Other essential points of the City of As Burgas are As Burgas, of course, in the urban core, with its fountains, its thermal pool and its interpretation center; and, further away from the center, by the river bank, the Thermal Walk, with the succession of thermal baths (A Chavasqueira, Muíño da Veiga, Outariz, Burgo de Canedo), to which we can move in the Train of the Thermal Baths. On the slopes surrounding the Miño, there are good views from Montealegre and from Santomé, here with castro included. Another different picture, closer, the one obtained from the Millennium Bridge.

Allariz. Allariz has the ideal conditions for a quiet Easter getaway: perfect size, rehabilitated and cared historical center; many hectares of natural spaces, in fact the “Área Allariz” is a biosphere reserve; active cultural life; commerce open even on Sundays…

It has several museums: Galician Toy Museum, Fashion Museum, Leather Museum, Vicente Risco House-Museum, Museum of Sacred Art of Santa Clara, Muíño do Burato. Already outdoors, you should take a walk along the Corredor temático del Arnoia, which goes from the eco-space O Rexo to the Garden Festival.

Between March 28 and 31, the program “Semana Santa ao vivo” will be launched, which enlivens the historic center with street performances, markets, exhibitions and various activities. On the other hand, there will be a children’s multisport campus on the 25th, 26th and 27th.

Ribadavia. In the capital of wine there is a special program to take advantage of the leisure time of Easter, with children’s activities, musical performances, theater, guided tours of the city (“the art of the monuments”)… You can not miss a walk through the Plaza Mayor, the Pazo de los Condes, the Jewish quarter, the convent of Santo Domingo, the church of San Juan, the wall… We can also take the opportunity to visit the historic vineyards and the surrounding thermal valleys.

As for the religious Holy Week, the most popular processions are usually those of Os Caladiños on Holy Thursday, and those of the Holy Meeting and the Holy Burial, in which baroque images are carried.

O Carballiño. In this land of octopus, wine and water, Holy Week has a long tradition. The events are mostly organized by the Brotherhood of the Veracruz that, besides being in charge of the processions, organizes concerts, exhibitions, conferences… and speaks of O Carballiño and its Holy Week as “synonyms of devotion, gastronomy and thermalism”.

Our tour of the city has to go through the Plaza Mayor, where are the Town Hall and the monument to the pulpeira; the church of San Cibrán; the Alameda; the Plaza de la Veracruz, with the church of the Veracuz, and, moving away a little from the center, the Gran Balneario de O Carballiño and the Municipal Park, where the Festa do Pulpo is held in summer.

Verín. Maybe we have already been in Verin in the Entroido, but it is worth repeating and return at Easter, and thus see another side of the city without disguise.  Verín forms with the Portuguese city of Chaves the first Galician Eurocity, which offers itself as a bio-healthy destination, due to the thermal wealth of both. By the way, in the Ecovía of the Támega, there is a nice walk along the river bank, to be done on foot or by bike, which connects the two cities. Besides the waters, (Sousas, Cabreiroá, Fontenova, Caldeliñas…); the castle of Monterrei, on a hill, considered the largest Galician acropolis; and the wine of Monterrei, are the symbols of Verín.

Strolling through the old town we find the church of Santa María la Mayor, the convent of the Mercedarios, the Casa de los Acevedo… and, of course, a sculpture that pays homage to the Cigarrón, the character of the entroido of Verín.

The municipality borders the natural park O Invernadeiro, a perfect destination for some spring hiking.

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