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Sancovade (Santiago)

The parish of Sancovade can be found by taking the road to Lugo. It lies around a kilometre from Vilalba and is famous for the preparation of its capon cocks.

On any tour of these lands a visit to the parish church is a must. It is dedicated to the Apostle Santiago and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, the virgin affectionately known as “la extremeña”.

Following the trail around the parish, the remains of a fort settlement or castro can be seen in Frouxeira, where the double defensive wall still stands. From the more recent past is the country house Pazo of Penas-Corveiras, located in the village of the same name. It is the former residence of Count Pallares and is currently privately owned and not open to visitors.

Noche (San Martiño)

Following the road to Lugo, once you have crossed the river Fabilos, you get to the parish of Noche. There are records of this parish from 1128, referring to the dividing out of churches by Afonso VII and other records from 1282, referring to a legal agreement between the Vilaba town council and the Monfero monastery.

The patron saint of these lands is San Martiño, to whom this parish church is dedicated. This temple is architecturally modern but a silver crucifix from the end of the XVII century is kept in its quarters.

Continuing with the religious theme, you can visit the church of San Cibrán without having to go beyond the boundaries of the parish.

Oleiros (San Mamede)

The parish of Oleiros is to the west of Noche. Its name pays homage to the pot makers of the old ceramics factory of the area.

Boasting prehistoric and roman remains, there are diverse documents from the Middle Ages referring to the town of San Mammes de Ollariis and the hunting reserve Oleiros.

The cultural heritage of these lands is represented by the parish church dedicated to San Mamede, dating back to the XVII century, where a baroque altarpiece can be found and various neoclassical artefacts.

Nete (San Cosme)

Heading southwest is the parish Nete where you can visit the parish church, dedicated to the worship of San Cosme. The church dates back to the XVII century and has a layout in the shape of a Latin cross as well as a double bell tower, which can be accessed via a spiral staircase within the wall. In its vestibule the visitor can see a cross bearing a crude figure of Christ during the flagellation.

The route through Nete continues with a visit to the fort settlement which has the same name as the parish, at Castro. Situated on a hill, the fortification has three walls, of which only the north wall remains

The visit to the parish ends at Legua Dereita, an area where there are numerous megalithic tombs.

Xoibán (San Salvador)

To visit Xoibán and experience its cultural heritage you have to leave the municipality of Vilalba and, taking the Lugo direction, head towards the area between the towns of Begonte and Cospeito, to the edge of Cuatro Señores de Fontefría, which is the point joining the parish with Vilalba.

A visit to the parish of Xoibán provides an opportunity to walk around the chapels of Rúa and San Paio as well as the parish church, which has a cross built in 1900 in its vestibule. The head of the cross is decorated with winged angel heads and the shaft with features from the Passion.

Casa de Montenegro represents the stately aspects of the area.

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