It's one of the things that surprised me the most; how peaceful the cathedral was despite it being a busy time. There were no signs in the street, we just found the place. I had the opportunity to do a guided tour inside, which revealed all its secrets and history - I would definitely recommend this guided tour.
This is the place in which I live and have lived all my life, surrounded by spectacular nature. I love to wake up here every morning, open my windows, breathe the fresh air and listen to the quiet that is only broken by the twittering of birds.
Tui is a charming town of Pontevedra, that borders Portugal. In fact, the River Minho separates the two countries: on one side Tui and on the other Valenca. Strolling along the river, the city center road, see the trees growing around. A site that inspires tranquility and calm, ideal for a walk and get lost far in the horizon.
The monastery of Santo Domingo de Tui is worth a visit just for its beautiful cloister. Dating from the fourteenth century the monastery is built with Mendicant Gothic characteristics: Latin cross plan, highlighted transept and three primary polygonal chapels covered with ribbed vaults and illuminated by high double windows. Aside from its clear architectural and artistic interest I also recommend it for its spectacular city views.
Bridge over the River Minho. From Spain to Portugal, from Tui to Valença do Minho. Built by Eiffel, it is used by cars and trains. Today, since the construction of the highway, it has much less traffic than before, where once people formed queues for kilometers to cross the border.
I did not have great references for Tui and came upon it almost by accident. It would have been a great mistake not to have stopped and walked through the old town where,every step, you find nooks that carry you in time. The cathedral has an impressive appearance of strength and demonstrates the importance it played in the past.
Formerly called Porto de San Xoan and dating back to the twelfth century, this small jetty is a great place for activities and is often used for sports and leisure pursuits in the waters of the river Miño. Beyond the Place de l'Etoile is the beautiful river promenade, with a small beach next to the town known as "Marina Beach" and across the river are wonderful views of the fort in the Portuguese town of Valença do Minho.
The Wild Horse monument is located at the end of the Loch promenade, right in the Glorieta de Vigo, with wonderful views of the river Miño. It's a work in bronze by John Oliveira, creator of several works in different parts of Spain, including Barajas airport in Madrid. John Oliveira is also the creator of Los Caballos, located in the city of Vigo and the horses located on top of the old Teatro Garcia Barbon, today known as the Caixanova Cultural Center.
The Tui International Bridge is the work of a disciple of the creator of the renowned Eiffel Tower and is located between the border of Tui and Valenca do Minho. It is a long metal structure, lattice and box-shaped, resting on a thick pillars. It transports a large number of vehicles, especially on the day of the Fair (Wednesday) in the neighboring town of Valenca do Minho and joins Spain with Portugal, running parallel to the older bridge and passing through the river Minho. Currently the International Bridge is kept in good condition and dates back to 1886. The design is the work of the engineer Pelayo Mancebo.
In Galicia, the church of San Telmo is considered a unique example of Portuguese Baroque style. It is located in the vicinity of the Cathedral in the old town of Tui and was originally built over the house where the Saint died. The Portuguese master Frai Mateo de Mosteiro started to build the present church under Bishop Rodriguez Castanon's orders, he broke ground in June 1769. The initial project planned two lateral towers that were, due to lack of money, reduced to a smaller core. Altarpiece paintings of Portuguese Clemente Antonio de la Cruz (1834) are in the interior dome. A major restoration took place between 1996 and 1997 by the current Obradoiro school.
This large stone sculpture is located in the gardens of Troncoso, downstairs from the Glorieta de Vigo. Formerly a bust in honor of this great philosopher was installed in the gardens of Santo Domingo, which Benito Prieto felt a special weakness. The work was short-lived as one summer of, because of intolerance, it ended up in the waters of the river Miño, and was never recovered. So the monument to this great philosopher, was recreated with great assistance from personalities and neighbors of Tui, and of course with the help of the City which has provided the stone to make a replica bust of Socrates. But also with collaboration from the sculptor Rosendo Gonzalez and Instituto San Paio students.
San Xiao Chapel is located in Aloia Natural Park, about 30 km from Vigo. It is an eighteenth century structure, built on the remains of an ancient Roman temple. Nearby, is Via Crucis and the viewpoint of the Great Cross which dates from 1910, with a stunning view of the river Minho and Portugal. The exterior features buttresses, a simple arch and a belfry bell. The chapel consists of a nave and is surrounded by an indigenous forest of lush vegetation and beautiful traditional Galician stone.
I recommend that you do the drop in a kayak from Tui Caldelas to the pier of San Telmo (Tui). The journey takes an hour and a half, though it is worth taking your time to enjoy the surroundings as it is a real delight and a wonderful place to find peace and tranquility. You do not need to do any special physical preparation for this journey, as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. You can book through http://www.galiciaholiday.com
Tuy or Tui, as it is known in Galician, is a town in Pontevedra that's home to one of the most famous cathedrals in Galicia, the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tuy. This cathedral is one of the first monuments and places to visit in Tui and is notable for its medieval fortress with towers and passages inside. Other striking religious buildings and attractions in Tui are the Convent and Church of the Poor Clares, founded in 1524. One of the strangest things to see in Tui is this tunnel, which is located at the bottom of the street. It's an archway under the convent that connects the upper part of the city to the area between the walls. Visiting this tunnel is certainly one of the Tui activities that won't leave you indifferent. Another one of the peculiar Tui attractions that draws attention to visitors is the Wild Horse Memorial: a work of art by the local sculptor Juan Oliveira. Walking through the city's streets is where you can enjoy other things to do in Tui: sample the local cuisine. Typical local dishes include eel, salmon, lamprey and Minho shad. As for stuff to do in Tui that takes you into nature, we must emphasize visiting the Troncoso Gardens, a meeting place that's always available if you;re wondering about what to do in Tui today.