Basic Route

Two thousand years of history can be felt in Ourense’s monumental architecture, a range of buildings that invite you to travel in time: Medieval Ourense, Renaissance Ourense, Baroque Ourense, Modernist Ourense … and even long before, the Roman and Pre-Roman city, famous for river Minho’s gold and As Burgas’ warm waters.

In order to discover it, if you have little time, we suggest a basic and comfortable route focused only on the Historic Centre, with ten essential spots that you should not miss.

1
As Burgas
2
Main Square
3
Archaelogical Museum – Former Bishop’s Palace
4
Church of Holy Mary, Mother of God
5
Magdalene Square
6
Wheat Square
7
Municipal Museum
8
St. Martin’s Cathedral
9
St Euphemia’s Church
10
Oca-Valladares Palace

As Burgas

Main Square

Archaelogical Museum – Former Bishop’s Palace

Church of Holy Mary, Mother of God

Magdalene Square

Wheat Square

Municipal Museum

St. Martin’s Cathedral

St Euphemia’s Church

Oca-Valladares Palace

Close

The origin of Ourense is related to these ancient sources flowing at more than 60 ° C.

Close

Centre and heart of monumental Ourense. Its sloping floor, a rarity among Spanish main squares, attracts attention.

Close

This Historic-Artistic Monument is the most complete example of Romanesque civil architecture in the city.

Close

Site of the original cathedral of Ourense, from which the columns of the façade remain.

Close

This square was an old cemetery and still retains the serene and peaceful atmosphere. It is one of the most beautiful in the city.

Close

Old grain market by the Cathedral’s southern façade, surrounded by noble houses.

Close

Contemporary art in a former Renaissance palace.

Close

Central monument of Ourense, around which the Historic Centre is articulated. It is the oldest in Galicia, with towers that give it an air of strength.

Close

Former Jesuit school with a remarkable façade, archetype of Galician Baroque. Its concave shape, used to give greater monumentality, attracts attention.

Close

It is common that Liceo programmes concerts, exhibitions and other cultural activities. Its café, in the central patio of columns, is a traditional place for social gatherings in the city.

Extended Route

If you feel like wanting more, we propose to continue discovering the monumental Ourense through an extended route with alternatives a little more distant from the city centre but equally interesting. In several spots you will find some of the best panoramic views of the city.

1
Alameda Park
2
Trinity Church
3
Saints Cosmas and Damian’s Square
4
St Francis’ Cloister
5
Blacksmiths’ Square
6
St Dominic’s Church
7
Franciscans’ Church
8
Marcos Valcárcel Cultural Centre
9
Old Bridge
10
Natural Archaelogical Site of Santomé

Alameda Park

Trinity Church

Saints Cosmas and Damian’s Square

St Francis’ Cloister

Blacksmiths’ Square

St Dominic’s Church

Franciscans’ Church

Marcos Valcárcel Cultural Centre

Old Bridge

Natural Archaelogical Site of Santomé

Close

Of medieval origin, this place still retains the charm of late 19th century, with beautiful examples of Modernist architecture.

Close

The statue of St Roch welcomes this unique church, built on an ancient Roman necropolis. The pediment is originally from the old hospital devoted to the saint, already disappeared.

Close

Known for being the site for Baltar’s nativity scene, it was during the Middle Ages one of the city gates.

Close

A cloister without a church, the last remain of the Franciscan convent that later became military headquarters. The beautiful decoration of the arches is worth a visit.

Close

An old market of farm tools, it is the natural entrance to “Os Viños”, the traditional area of tapas bars and taverns in Ourense.

Close

Church belonging to a former Dominican convent founded in the 17th century. The simplicity of its facade contrasts with the altarpieces inside, made in gilded Baroque style.

Close

Originally at St Francis’ Monastery, this small church hidden among huge modern buildings hides a bagpiper in the capitals of its façade.

Close

This old textile store transformed into an exhibition centre is a magnificent example of Modernism in Ourense.

Close

It was the first bridge on river Minho, an engineering milestone in antiquity. Of Roman origin but often reconstructed, the silhouette of its central arches is one of the symbols of Ourense.

Close

A place where the past and nature meet, Santomé is a magnificent indigenous forest that hides an archaeological site where the Celtic and the Galician-Roman cultures coexisted .