10 Things to Do in Ourense That You Shouldn't Miss

October 20, 2017 Yuk Petri

Ourense (Galician: [owˈɾɛnse]; Spanish: Orense [oˈɾense]) is a city in northwestern Spain, the capital of the province of the same name in Galicia. It is on the Portuguese Way path of the Road of St James, the Camino de Santiago.
Restaurants in Ourense

1. Ourense Thermal Springs

Rua das Burgas s/n, 32005 Ourense, Spain +34 988 36 60 64
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 654 reviews

Ourense Thermal Springs

Reviewed By Mark v - Madrid, Spain

After 15 years of visiting and living in Galicia, went to the Springs for the first time and loved it. Should have gone many times before... They are not easy to find with Google Maps, look for the "aparcamiento termas de Outariz", which will take you to the free dirt parking, from there it is a short walk to the bridge over the river, where the Springs are.

2. Polo Santa Maria

Finca Los Pinos. Ctra. A 7, Sotogrande, San Roque, Spain +34 956 61 00 12
Excellent
74%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Polo Santa Maria

Reviewed By ms_arsenal - Casares, Spain

Love the polo club, especially when the high goal events are on. The shopping is good, the gin is great and the food is amazing. If you can get tickets to the after party then you should go! (It doesn't start until about 3am mind you)

3. Monasterio de San Pedro de Rocas

32720 Esgos, Spain +34 988 37 20 20
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

Monasterio de San Pedro de Rocas

Reviewed By Jimena G

early Cristian days remains, follow the path of the Church in Galicia, a great hike if you are on holidays nearby

4. Portico Del Paraiso

Praza do Trigo 32005, S/N, Ourense, 32005 Ourense, Spain +34 988 22 09 92
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
2%
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Portico Del Paraiso

Reviewed By Diana O - Sydney, Australia

Lovely church but in the evenings on the steps and in the plaza below there has been local entertainment every night we have been here. Local communities coming in to play music and do folk dances.

5. Ponte Romana

Rua Ponte Romana, 32001 Ourense, Spain
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4.5 based on 288 reviews

Ponte Romana

Reviewed By MijnlieverdFH - Amsterdam

On our way to Galicia from Portugal we came to pass by Ourense. The nice city as we enter passing over the River Minho.was an experience seeing the two contrasting structure. Great contrast. Great city. A pity we did not make a stop over.

Plaza do Trigo s/n, 32005 Ourense, Spain +34 988 22 09 92
Excellent
50%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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2%
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4.5 based on 471 reviews

Catedral de Ourense

Reviewed By i-Sheils - Barcelona, Spain

Planned to just visit the Cathedral to say some prayer but we are told that we have to pay to enter (they said locals don't have to pay)... We had no time for the complete tour so we decided not to enter... The woman just let me in as I said I wanted to pray. I had a chance to have a glimpse to the main altar... Next time I will make sure to have time to do the tour.

7. Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor, Ourense, Spain +34 988 36 60 64
Excellent
34%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
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4 based on 272 reviews

Plaza Mayor

Reviewed By Richard10024 - New York City, New York

This is average within the context of it not being anything unique or exceptional. The town itself has some nice local shops and restaurants (technically we only ate at one of them). But the old town itself is relatively small compared with towns like Oviedo and Leon.
The tourist train/tram to and from the thermal baths lets off in Plaza Mayor.
In general we were disappointed with our stay in Ourense because the thermal baths weren't hot enough. The Plaza Mayor or old part of Ourense is not enough to warrant going out of your way for a visit. However, if you need to get from the Atlantic Coast to Leon or Oviedo, then Oursense was a reasonable transit stop with some activities and a restaurant we enjoyed.

8. Claustro de San Francisco

Rua Emilia Pardo Bazan s/n, 32004 Ourense, Spain +34 988 38 81 36
Excellent
70%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Claustro de San Francisco

Reviewed By stonewithnomoss - USA

Ourense's old town is quite lovely but really not that much stands out in comparison to any other old town in Galicia. However, this cloister is just amazing. The only thing left is the colonnaded courtyard, but it is just amazing. It is really the best thing to see in Ourense -- just a little out of the way.
It is free and just a short walk up some steps and steep streets from the Plaza de Trigo and the Cathedral.

9. As Burgas Interpretation Centre

Rua Vilar 8, 32005 Ourense, Spain +34 988 25 01 03
Excellent
35%
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Satisfactory
14%
Poor
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4 based on 54 reviews

As Burgas Interpretation Centre

Reviewed By D M - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It's a small museum with pannels explaining the history and functioninng of the thermae. It contains a copy of a roman camafeo found there, as well as part of the old roman therma.
It's not really a great museum as such, but since it is located just next to one of the Burgas thermal baths, it's a nice place to walk around before/after staying in the water.

10. Parque Arqueoloxico Da Cultura Castrexa

San Amaro/Punxin, Ourense, Spain
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Parque Arqueoloxico Da Cultura Castrexa

Reviewed By Isambard40 - Boston, Massachusetts

If you have an interest in archaeology, especially the Celtic period of Western Europe, this place is definitely worth a visit. The is an extensive hill town that has been preserved. It is very close to Ourense, although a bit hard to find. Unfortunately, the website is all in Galician (not even in Spanish) so good luck understanding how to get there without Google's translator. The same is true of the very good museum, which makes it hard to get a lot out of.
Of course, due to the nature of the site, it isn't very accessible to those with limited mobility.

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