URBAN ROUTES IN SANXENXO
Inside the borough of Sanxenxo we can highlight the town of Portonovo.
Sanxenxo is a vanguard town that still keeps the essence of the fishing town that it once was. You still find in its steeped back streets and its fishing ports the charm of times gone by. The council of Sanxenxo offers to its visitors a spectacular nature together with the generosity of its people combined with tourism of cultural quality. For that, it is not surprising that in the summer season the number of inhabitants multiples by four. You will find an elegant architecture that it is typical Galician. The urban centre possesses a rich architectural heritage. We recommend a route on foot that takes you past the best monuments of the area. Walking through the historic centre in an area of 2km you are transported back in time and experience what it was like in years gone by. The following places form part of the monumental heritage of Sanxenxo.
Essential views: the stone cross of Pontevedra square and the manor house of the Patiño family, dating from the XVI century. The church of Saint Ginés (XIV-XVI) and the rectory house. The Florida House from the XVI to the XVIII century. The manor house of the Miraflores family that dates from the XVI.The manor house of Padriñan and the stone cross of Padriñan which dates from the XVI century.
The architecture of Sanxenxo and the bordering towns are a must to see. Religious buildings, ancestral houses, manor houses, stone crosses, “horreos”, archaeological ruins and museums show us the cultural richness of the RíasBaixas.
In the borough of Sanxenxo we have three cultural sites that are a must to see. The three of them are located in the area of La Lanzada in the council of Noalla. The hermit of the Lady of ALanzada, the temple is of the late Romanic period (XII). The manor house of Quintáns, built in the XVII century, surrounded by a magnificent well built granite dry stone wall, which is the only one free to the public and you are able to enter and take a look.
As well as visiting the archaeological ruins of A Lanzada, we have to point out the discovery of the necropolis and the Celtic settlement. The settlement dates from the VIII B.C.
The tombs found in the necropolis correspond to the century III-IV A.D. and conserve the ruins of the fort from the second half of the X century.
From La Lanzada we should go to the stone cross of Soutullo and Mourelos along the route of “A Rateira”, where we highlight the water mill of A Pasaxe, the fountain of A Fontiña, the ancestral house of Porta do Conde, the fountain and the stone washbasin of Vella and the church of Saint Estebo of Noalla dating from the XVIII century.
THE ROUTE OF THE ARMENTEIRA MONASTERY
The monastery of Saint Mary of Armenteira is situated in the borough of Meis. This is a place of natural beauty with the mountain sides of mount Castrove covered with pine trees. Built in the year 1150, founded by the famous bishop Saint Ero. According to the legend, written in the songs of Alfonso X “the wise man”, the bishop was spellbound listening to the song of a bird during more than three hundred years after asking the Virgin to show him the paradise.
The temple is a magnificent medieval building made up of three separated wings formed by pointed arches of a beautiful late Cistercian style. The monastery has an impressive medieval church and a cloister of a gothic neoclassical style.
ROUTE OF RIBADUMIA
Ribadumiahas important manor houses and churches that we should visit. The manor house of Barrantes, its more beautiful features are an enormous“horreo” made of stone and a chapel,dating from the end of the XV century. The manor house of Pedreira, where we can find an image of the Annunciation Virgin situated on the façade, is from the second half of the XV century. The very beautiful manor house of Quinteiro da Cruz has a beautiful English garden, from the end of the XVIII century, besides that, in its gardens there are fountains, stone crosses, “horreos”, sun dials, and a stone washbasin. We should admire the church of Saint Andrew of Barrantes. It is from the beginning of the XVIII century and possesses elements from the roman period to the baroque period.