Lands End Tour
This tour starts in the Pilgrimage
city of Santiago de Compostela, which to most people is the end of the
Camino (Way), but in reality many years before Santiago even existed another
Camino continued all the way to Finisterre (Lands End) ...Read
Spain Travel & Accommodation Guide
& Tours in Ourense & Ourense Province, Galicia, Spain
Galicia Visit Ourense by Scott James
Of all of the autonomous
regions of Spain, Galicia is considered the most remote and therein lies
the charm of Ourense, hidden away longing to be discovered. Galicia has
always been seen as a poor rural region, whose economy was dependent upon
agriculture and fishing and did not lend itself to modernisation and yet
as far as tourism is concerned it is this constant contact with the past
that gives the region its appeal and charm. The Galicians are fiercely
proud of their culture and language and their Celtic heritage; it is what
makes them unique (they feel) within modern day Spain. Galicia always seemed
to be a very closed and inward looking area being fiercely resistant to
any formal external invasion and in many ways this degree of isolation
was very much driven by the geographical location of the region. In what
has been a mountain to climb slowly but surely Galicia is now trying to
manage successfully the twin track of its regional lifestyle with a much
more modern society and thankfully this appears to have had very positive
results with regards to tourism with little sign of negative effects..
less well known town of Ourense is the provincial capital of Galicia's
innermost province and can be known in this over the region on the main
road leading eastward into the country from the port of Vigo.
According to popular tradition
than name Ourense is derived from the Hot springs that can be found there
and much loved by the Romans who called the town Aquae Urentes (warm waters).
The town retained its importance
both politically and geographically down through the centuries in various
guises leading to the fact that it is one of the four provincial capitals
that make up the modern day region known as Galicia.
Again likely to one of the
most striking visitor attractions within Ourense ease the cathedral. The
building work on the Cathedral de San Martino was started in the 12th century
and as a result most of its features are very traditional in a style that
has been described as late Roman and Early Gothic. The interior of the
cathedral is quite big and long and has been described as quite gloomy
by a great many visitors.
Ourense is one of those towns
that very much still follow the original roman architecture and design
with regards to town planning and layout.
Other parts of Ourense that
are worth taking note are the Praza de Magdalena which is just off the
main square and is characterised by beautiful overhanging buildings and
flowers. This square is dominated by yet another church as well as the
cathedral and this time the church is the Iglesia de Santa Maria Madre
which is an attractive church of Baroque design that is built on the site
of an earlier 11th Century original.
South of the old town you
will find the original hot springs which first attracted the Romans to
settle the area. They still pump out water at a healthy 65 degrees so don't
keep your hands under the water for too long!
All in all Ourense is definitely
well worth a visit.
|About the Author - Scott
James writes about a great many Internet Travel based issues and more on
the above can be found at Accommodation in Galicia . For a more complete
overlook at Tourism in Galicia try http://www.turgalicia.es
about Ourense / Search
for more hotels in Ourense
FEATURED HOTELS - GALICIA, SPAIN
Hotel Auriense, Ourense
The Hotel Auriense is a
modern high rise hotel with gray brick and sculpted glass frontage. It
has a wide tree-lined driveway and a fountain outside the entrance. The
hotel is located four kilometers from Ourense old town and the Cathedral.
Nearby attractions include Orense's Roman Bridge, which is five kilometers
away. Outdoors, the hotel has a swimming pool including a children's pool
and a terrace with chairs and parasols. Guests can also make use of the
tennis court, mini-football facilities and garden. The hotel houses
its own nightclub, lounge bar and gift shop. For those guests with business
needs, the hotel provides conference rooms and a range of audio-visual
equipment and secretarial services. The hotel has its own restaurant Enexbre
where guests can enjoy a modern menu of traditional and nouvelle cuisine
and an extensive wine list. Vegetarian and children's menus are also available.
There is also a cafeteria selling a selection of snacks and sandwiches.
Hotel San Martin Ourense
Offering comfortable accommodation
and convenient facilities, the GH San Martin Hotel provides you with all
of the quality amenities to make your stay a memorable one. Located in
the heart of the city, the GH San Martin Hotel Ourense is a perfect place
for you to reside and explore the surrounding areas. You can dine at the
onsite restaurant that serves a variety of delicacies. You can unwind at
the bar after a tiring day along with a fine drink. A well equipped business
centre as well as conference facilities are available for people travelling
on business purposes. Guests arriving with their own transportation can
avail of convenient parking facility on-site. The hotel has comfortable
guestrooms that are well furnished and equipped with modern amenities.
Attentive room service is also available for your convenience.
FEATURED HOTELS - GALICIA SPAIN (OURENSE PROVINCE)
for more hotels in Leiro
- In the Ourense Province
of Galicia - inland town with beautiful mountainous scenery and historic
areas. The remote hillside village of Leiro is eleven kilometres from the
historic village of Ribadavia, 16 kilometres from Arnoia Spa, and 30 kilometres
from Ourense. The Santiago de Compostela Airport is 110 kilometres.
Monumento Monasteiro de San Clodio, Leiro
The Monumento Monasterio
is a picturesque 12th century Cistercian monastery combining Baroque and
Renaissance cloisters in the remote hillside village of Leiro, eleven kilometres
from the historic village of Ribadavia. The hotel is 11 kilometres from
the historic village of Ribadavia, 16 kilometres from Arnoia Spa, and 30
kilometres from Ourense. The Santiago de Compostela Airport is 110 kilometres.
Guests can relax by the pool or explore the historic grounds and buildings
that make up the monastery. Among them guests will find conference and
banqueting facilities for up to 235. Restaurante San Clodio offers and
extensive à la carte menu fusing traditional local dishes with nouvelle
cuisine in relaxed rustic surroundings. Those keen to explore the surrounding
area can get local information and advice from the hotel's concierge desk.
The 25 guestrooms have a separate seating area with doors leading to balconies.
Almuzara - Guest House, Boboras, 6 kms from Leiro
The Pazo Almuzara Guest
House is located in Boboras, Spain, 50 kilometres from the Amanteira Monastery.
Ourense is 25 kilometres away and includes a cathedral and the Bellas Artes
Museum. Leiro is 6 kilometres away from the guest house. The guest
house has a swimming pool in the gardens and complimentary Internet in
the public areas. There are express check-out and check-in facilities.
There is also onsite complimentary parking. Pazo Almuzara Guest House
serves a continental complimentary breakfast in the dining room each morning.
The 19 guestrooms have televisions, DVD players, and complimentary Internet
access. The telephones offer free local calls and the guest house provides
complimentary bottled water.
DE RAMUIN FEATURED HOTELS - GALICIA, SPAIN (OURENSE)
for more hotels in Nogueira de Ramuin & Surrounding Areas
|Nogueira de Ramuín
is a municipality in Ourense (province) in the Galicia region of north-west
de Santo Estevo, Nogueira de Ramuin
This Benedictine monastery
in the middle of the Ribeira Sacra, an area of outstanding natural beauty
where the rivers Miño and Sil meet, is one of Galicia’s monastic
centres and now a holiday highlight. The existence of the Monastery has
been proven in the 10th century, although its origins appear to be in the
6th and 7th centuries. In the monastery styles range from Romanesque to
Baroque, with three remarkable cloisters (Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance).
The Hotel has a total of 77 rooms distributed around three cloisters of
different styles and periods. The rooms are particularly interesting as
they are all different, some with impressive views over the landscape and
the valleys of the river Sil. The Hotel has a restaurant with terrace
by the chestnut forest, a café with terrace in the entrance cloister,
lounges and beautiful gardens. The hotel also has a relaxing spa.
The restaurant offers river products, thanks to its position, and traditional
Galician dishes, with the local wines taking a starring role.
FEATURED HOTELS - GALICIA, SPAIN (OURENSE PROVINCE)
for more hotels in Verin & Surrounding Areas
is a town of services with declining agricultural activity. There is a
denominated wine region - Monterrey - located in the surrounding area.
Carnival here is one of the most original in Spain with masked figures
running through the streets brandishing whips and making an interesting
sound caused by cowbells tied to their waists. Everything has a medieval
air, with little influence from the Brazilian-style carnival, which has
become popular in other Spanish and Portuguese cities. Verín
has one major tourist sight, which is Monterrey Castle, a huge complex
looming over the rather non-descript urban area.
de Verín, Verín - Ourense
Opposite the medieval fortress
of Monterrei, the structure is like a pazo, the typical country house of
Galicia, with a crenellated tower, lovely views of the castle, Verín
and the prestigious vineyards of the valley. Some of the hotel bedrooms
have views of the swimming pool and gardens. The cooking of Galicia is
full of delicious treats - A few examples: posta de bacalao (cod), beef
Galician style, lacón con grelos (boiled ham and greens) and of
course, caldeirada de merluza (fish stew), all accompanied by the exquisite
fogaciños (a local kind of bread). And to finish, delicious filloas
a la crema flavoured with eau-de-vie. These must be tasted.