As I did the Portuguese route on my way to Santiago I was able to come pass by this marvel of strength. More than strength it is a surprise. Of course, nobody expected what was inside unless you already know. We all climbed up to meet with a wall, the surprise was that inside the wall was an entire medieval village full of houses, stately buildings, shops selling everything ... but mostly coffee and towels ... Lovely and beautiful strength, not wasted ...
On the other side of Tuy after you cross the Miño by the iron bridge is where you'll find Valença. In the fortress of the city center. Facades with tiles and many shops. But best to go shopping at the market on Wednesdays just outside.
The Shrine of Our Lady of the Head is in a privileged setting on the banks of the river Miño, more specifically in the top of a hill that is part of a recreation and entertainment zone known by the same name, accessed up a lot of stairs, painted in a way that seems to be a red carpet. On top and in the middle you will find the beautiful chapel of Nossa Senhora da type Cabeça Bon Sanctuary Jesus in Braga but a little smaller. The chapel is in great condition and every year around Easter a Pilgrimage is held in honor of the Virgin of the locals flocking in great numbers.
The municipal garden in Valença, bordered by Tui, can be found just outside the old town in the new part of the city, right on the main avenue where the international bridge was. The garden stands out because it has a medium-sized playground inside, several tree species, such as camellias and rhododendrons, the latter lovely this time of year (spring), a fountain or pond banks and towards the center a large music box.
To access this large gazebo and recreation area on Mount do Faro immediately outside the Portuguese town of Valença Monçao take the road on the right (signposted) and go up about 6 km. Look for Sant Ana with spectacular views of the river Miño. Recently, this winter, during the ascent I noticed that the acacia tree began to flourish, many of these trees (mimosas) that adorned the road. Took a few photographs. Upon reaching the top a spacious recreation room with fountains, picnic areas, large trees, a chapel, a [poi = 118891] restaurant [/ poi] and especially the view over the river Miño, scanning the horizon from [poi = 100965] Mount Aloia [/ poi] in Tui to Mount [poi = 101010] Resume [/ poi] (Tegra) in A Guarda. If you Valença, nearly 30 km from Vigo. Do not miss this place because among other things, the views are spectacular.
Once again we get to to this vantage point but this time to the top, since the last time we just got up to the Monte Faro Recreation area accessed immediately outside the Portuguese town Valença Monçao. We took the road on the right (signposted) and a rise of about 6 miles and we are on the lookout with incredible views of the valley of the Miño. At the summit of this mountain is in a state of neglect an old lighthouse surrounded by all kinds of antennas telecommunications and a little below there is a large place for recreation and leisure with fountains, picnic areas, trees, a chapel, a restaurant and a view of the Portuguese town on the river Miño. If you visit Valença, nearly 30 km from Vigo, and you like hiking and nature do not forget this place because among other things, the views are spectacular.
First of all, I'll tell you a little bit about Dr. Alfredo de Magalhaes, a marine biologist born in Lamego (Portugal) in the 19th century. He attended college in Lisbon, where he lived with his family. In 1911, he entered the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon, and graduated brilliantly in 1917. Medicine was not what he wanted to do, but rather was something imposed by his family. He planned to study engineering when his medical career ended. In 1920, he finished his Doctorate of Medicine, but his disinterest was compounded over time in civilian and military hospitals during the flu epidemic in 1918. On the other hand, while he spent time with Professor Augusto Celestino da Costa, he began to take increasing interest in Biology. His intense scientific work in the field of oceanography, in particular in Marine Biology, is the reason that this educated man is honoured. In 1959, he died at his home in Lisbon from a heart attack. This bust is located in the landscaped gardens within the fortress of Valença do Minho and beside a beautiful chapel.
This leisure and recreation area is is a beautiful natural landscape with small trees in bloom on the shores of the river Miño, with views of the Galician city of Tui. There's also a river beach and Yacht Club for nautical sporting competitions. Further up there are abundant tables of stone, a central monument with an image of the Virgin, a large playground and café and restaurant services. At the top of many stairs is the Shrine of Nossa Senhora da Cabeça where the day after Easter there is a pilgrimage in the Virgin's honor. If you go to Valença do not miss this beautiful natural setting on the banks of the river Miño.