The 10 Best Things to Do in Province of Ourense, Spain

September 22, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

Ourense is a province of northwestern Spain, in the southeastern part of the autonomous community of Galicia. It is bordered by the provinces of Pontevedra in the west, Lugo in the north, León and Zamora in the east, and by Portugal in the south. With an area of 7,278 square km it is the only landlocked province in Galicia. The provincial capital, Ourense, is the largest population centre, with the rest of the province being predominantly rural.
Restaurants in Province of Ourense

1. Balcones de Madrid

Pista Senalizada Desde Pueblo de Parada de Sil, 32740 Parada de Sil, Spain +34 691 53 30 35
Excellent
65%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 225 reviews

Balcones de Madrid

Reviewed By Ray V - Chaves, Portugal

You arrive here by taking a good paved road from Parada de Sil. You leave your car and walk about 100 meters to the viewpoint. Below flows the winding Sil in a deep canyon before it enters the Minho north of Orense. The Balcones de Madrid is not named because you can see the capital of Spain from here but because it was the place chosed by the women to see their husbands go down the river in small boats on their way to work in Madrid.

2. Monasterio de Santa Cristina

Parada de Sil, Spain +34 988 20 80 10
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
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4.5 based on 240 reviews

Monasterio de Santa Cristina

Reviewed By leanneandtony - Cairns, Australia

The monastry is basically a shell but in excellent conditional. We visited in early spring so all of the chestnut trees were still bare. The scenery is spectacular on the drive to the monastry. How do they tend to their grape vines which grow on the steep cliffs either side of the river. There is also a couple of good wineries to visit.
Well worth the drive through the region and a visit to the monasteries and castle at Castro Caldelas. A good day's drive on the backroads. We had a decent lunch in Castro Caldelas at Pousada Vicente Risco. It was basic and cheap. No name local red wine was okay too. Get a bottle

3. 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.

4. Ruta de las pasarelas del rio Mao

Aldea Barxacova s/n, 32748 Parada de Sil, Spain
Excellent
57%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 122 reviews

Ruta de las pasarelas del rio Mao

Reviewed By joseluis_ucieda - Colmenar Viejo, Spain

The pasarela is a 10 minutes walk starting at the Albergue O Fabrica de la Luz and ending by the river Mao, where you can dive, or rent kayaks (ask at the Albergue). Also, enjoy the vineyards along the slopes of the Mountains.

5. Portico Del Paraiso

Praza do Trigo 32005, S/N, Ourense, 32005 Ourense, Spain +34 988 22 09 92
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
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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.

6. Monasterio de San Pedro de Rocas

32720 Esgos, Spain +34 988 37 20 20
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
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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

7. Ponte Romana

Rua Ponte Romana, 32001 Ourense, Spain
Excellent
48%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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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
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Satisfactory
8%
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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.

9. Monterrei Castle

Verin, Spain +34 988 36 13 60
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
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4 based on 188 reviews

Monterrei Castle

Reviewed By SOLIBOZ - Warsaw, Poland

Monterrey Castle is a fortress - palace , located in Monterrey (Orense ) ,I on a hill overlooking the valley of the Tamega River , at the confluence of the roads linking zamora, Orense and Chaves (Portugal ) . it has three walled enclosures on an elongated ridge. In the first and furthest from the central core is now the Parador de Verin, . The second area is accessed through a door flanked by two guard houses , reinforcing the remainder of the enclosure with several bastions. The last enclosure is accessed through a door with pointed arch formed by large segments , On the top of the hill a castlle with a big tower let you take photographs of the valley.
It is one of the best preserved fortresses in Galicia. It was declared a National Monument on June 3, 1931 and is currently a Cultural Interest , in the catalog of monuments of historical heritage of Spain

10. 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.

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