WHAT TO SEE?
HISTORICAL ROUTES, GASTRONOMY, TRADITION.
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O Retiro do Conde is located in the 17th century Pazo de los Espada in Vilaza, where we can find more mansions like: Pazo de los Limias, Pazo de los Bazal, symbol of the aristocratic past of the village.
Vilaza is full of interesting patrimony like the Church (it has a Templar Tower), or the ruins of a very important old water spa run by Juan Ramon Espada, owner of the pazo at that time.
In Monterrei, we will find a wide range of historical heritage. Starting with Monterrei Castle, a 14th-century fortress of enormous historical importance, churches such as Santa Maria de Mixós, Pre-Romanesque with Visigothic dyes, or Santa Maria de Gràcies in the castle and Romanesque.
From Castros (A Saceda, Cualedro), fruit of Celtic populations, to Roman settlements (Tamagos, Verín), they form the extensive and vast range of possibilities to visit.
The location of Monterrei, an extensive valley surrounded by mountains, native forests, idyllic landscapes, and a great variety of fauna, makes it an ideal area to enjoy nature.
There are easy routes through the valley and more complicated ones through mountains and gorges. Some of the best known are: Pozo do Demo, Ruta do Contrabando, the Ecovía that crosses the border to Chaves and those of the Parque natural do Invernadoiro, less than 20 minutes away.
It is characterized by local and ecological products. The Valley is an orchard in terms of the production of vegetables and fruits of great quality and variety.
Accompanied by sustainable farming, it converges into a kitchen of traditional dyeing with a modern touch that seeks its place in the Galician gastronomic scene.
For thousands of years, the history of the Monterrei Valley and its inhabitants has been linked to wine. The microclimate, the different types of soil, and a large number of native varieties make the wines of the D.O. Monterrei stand out for their aromas and complexity.
We have the largest concentration of cave presses in Europe, a millenary symbol of the wine production in the area.
This region is famous for being one of the largest concentrations of mineral-medicinal waters in the Peninsula Iberica. The most representative springs are Cabreiroá and Sousas, which still have a water bottling plant.
They represent a time when Spanish high society came to taste our waters and to rest in our lands.
This centenary celebration has a very particular style and belongs, together with the carnival of Laza and Xinto, to the so-called “Carnavales Enxebres”. Declared a festival of cultural interest, it is the best time to visit the region of Monterrei. The Cigarrones (popular costume of the Verín Carnival), parade through the streets full of markets and orchestras along with the village. Corredoiro Sunday, Compadres Thursday, Comadres Thursday, and from Saturday to Carnival Tuesday make it one of the longest celebrations and festivities in Spain. What are you going to dress up as?
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