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The Pravia

The Pravia

Nothing could be better than going back to the time of the feudal lords of the area on a walk around the historic centre of Vilalba, where each one of the stones set there has a tale to tell about the glorious past dating back to the VI century.

The tour of the streets begins in Suso Gaioso Square, which is dominated by the Pravia, a hundred year old maple welcoming visitors to the town. Here you can also see the fountain Fuente de la Carretera, much treasured by the locals, and the Casa de la Cultura, which is the old local government building.

Near this square is the old tower Torre del Homenaje, from the castle of the Andrade family, dating back to the XIV century. It has an octagonal layout and rises 40 metres high. It is divided into four floors and is crowned with battlements. It also has various arrow points, an arched door on the second floor and a large stone wild boar at the top, the emblem of the Andrade family. It is currently used as a National Parador (a state owned hotel in a historic building) for tourism.

Inside the old walls

San Roque church

San Roque church

Not much further on, you reach the gateway Puerta de la Cima, which was one of the entrances to the old wall. You continue to Santa María square to see the parish church, dedicated to Our Lady, and an example of excellent workmanship dating back to the XVII and XVIII centuries.

The route continues along the street Calle del Sol. This street is lined with the oldest houses in the town centre, with typical townhouse facades. You will get to the remains of the roman wall at the end of the street.

The square La Plaza de la Constitución, the surroundings of the Auditorio and the churches of San Roque and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe are other landmarks that make up the town where part of the history of the feudal times remains today in the form of the typical capon cocks. The capons were one of the most valuable methods of payment to the feudal lords.

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