ROUTE CHARACTERISTICS

DIFFICULTY:
Easy
DURATION:
2 hours
DISTANCE:
30 Km
CATEGORY:
Driving

PRESENTATION

For History lovers, rural house A Parada das Bestas offers the opportunity to explore one of the most relevant scenarios in terms of territorial and political forming in modern Galicia, for its quality and the good conservation shown by the architectonical heritage it treasures. Thus, we can find in a 30 kilometres radius, prehistoric remains like “mamoas”, dolmens and “castros”. We can also find a roman path built in the period of Romanization which crossed towards the capital of the Empire in Gallaecia, Lugo. But the Middle Ages left the major monumental exponents in the house, thanks to the influence of the “Camino de Santiago”. As it is mentioned in the Codex Calixtinus, Vilar de Donas church, which dates back to the 12th century, is one of the most valuable exponents of the Romanesque style. Its establishment as a monastery has been attributed to some “donas” (as represented in the gothic paintings you can find in the major chapel). It has a Latin cross floor, with a main nave covered by a wooden armour and a rectangular transept with a ribbed vault; it also has three vaulted apses.

Other major architectural examples are remainings of fortresses, towers, castles, “pazos” and emblazoned houses such as tower–house of Filgueira, tower–house of Fontecuberta, Laia “pazo”, Ulloa house, Mariñao “pazo”, Castro de Seixas fortress, Pacheco “pazo”, and above all Pambre castle, built by Gonzalo Ozores de Ulloa in 1375, which is one of the best preserved fortresses of Galicia, that resisted “irmandiñas wars” in 1467. It is the best example of military medieval architecture in Galicia. Built on a steep rocky area, by Pambre river bank, which acts as a natural defence. If has a square plant, surrounded by a wall with an irregular floor adapted to the ground. The route also offers the opportunity to visit in Chorexe an old spa whose sulphurous water has a renowned prestige. Following Ulla river bank, across meadows and forests, we will find Mácara torrents, which are rapids of great beauty.