Redondela is the next major town after O’Porrino on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. With its privileged position close to the Vigo estuary, the origins of Redondela date back to the Bronze Age, as attested by the numerous remains showing the town’s link to the celtic culture.
Redondela has played a long role in the Portuguese Camino de Santiago as a place for pilgrims to stay as the town is at the end of a Camino stage.
So, let’s take a look at things to see and do in 24 hours in Redondela
The Town Of Viaducts
Redondela is known as the town of viaducts, as an extraordinary set of viaducts were built above the town in the 18th century which continue to loom over the town today as pictured above.
Redondela is a quaint, medieval town with many small squares filled with restaurants, cafes, and bars serving lunches and dinners for pilgrims on the Camino.
The Convento de Vilavella
The Convento de Vilavella (Convent of Old Town), also known as Conxunto de Vilavella (Ensemble of Old Town), is the name of a complex of buildings and monuments dating from the 16th century when a convent, church, and acruceiro were built.
The buildings include a garden with fountains, a hórreo and an interior courtyard with a cloister.
Iglesia de Santiago
There are many small chapels and churches dotted around Redondela. Most noteworthy is the Church of Santiago Apostle which highlights Redondela’s strong links to the medieval Camino de Santiago.
Archbishop Xelmirez (of Santiago) passed through Redondela while walking the Camino Portuguese. In 1114, he temporarily established his residence here and consecrated the Parish Church of Santiago Apostle.
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