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Ladra (San Salvador)

After the turning to Xoibán, Ladra can be found on the way back to Vilalba. This parish is located on the left bank of the river which it takes its name from.

The country house or pazos of the Castros-Pita and Arán families are here, with a church built in the XIX century, representing the stately past of the area.

The tour may be resumed with the chapel at Picouro and the parish temple, dedicated to San Salvador, which houses Solomonic and neoclassical altarpieces.

From the church, turn left and follow the road until you reach Aguiar, and then take another left. The walk around Ladro ends with the fort settlement or castro of the same name. It has an oval layout and one defensive wall. Remains have been found here which provide evidence of romanisation in the past.

Insua (San Bartolomeu)

To the west of Ladra, between the rivers Ladra and Labrada, lies Insua, which owes its name to the small river islands found in the area.

A visit to the parish must include the parish church, dedicated to San Bartolomé, and the chapel of San Ramón, located on the Louseiras mountain.

The walk around Insua ends at the west exit at the bridge Saa, which crosses the Labrada river. Recently restored with respect for its original medieval layout, the structure has two half pointed arches and a dozen drains which are a testimony to the intense rainfall recorded in the area during the winter.

Soaxe (Santa María)

Once you have crossed the Labrada river, following the Cardosa road, you reach Soaxe, the most isolated parish in the municipality of Vilalba.

Located between Pígara and Belesar, this parish consists of harvested, mountainous lands in the folds of Terra Chá, with few inhabitants in the villages of Casas Novas, Gaian y A Igrexia.

A stop at the entrance to the parish church, which is dedicated to the worship of Santa María, must be made on this visit.

Belesar (San Martiño)

Towards the north, on the left bank of the river Labrada, we enter the parish of Belesar, the most extensive of this territory.

A visit here takes us to the country house Pazo of Meire, which is used today for the breeding of Spanish horses, and the parish church, a temple dating back to 1608, which has a XIX century altarpiece inside.

The walk around Belesar may be continued along the banks of the Labrada river where the many bridges scattered along the river can be admired: Pedrouzos, Das Baionas, Gondeboi, Pazos and Meire. This last one serves as a reference point to finish the journey in this parish at the fort settlement Castro de Belesar, which can be accessed via the steep hill that can be seen from this bridge.

The site, located on a hill, shows a double defensive wall. It is also known as “Santa Catarina”, because of the chapel dedicated to the worship of the saint which was built upon it, and of which only one wall remains.

A Torre (Santa María)

The parish of A Torre can be accessed through Pedrouzos, where the parish church is dedicated to Santa María.

The visit to the place takes us to a site next to the church, where the fort settlement Castro de San Nicolás is located. It owes its name to the chapel built in the vecinity of the site. The hermitage was built on a four metre rock, so there are steps accessing it. The castro has a circular layout, is located on a hill and has just one defensive wall.

Alba (San Xoán)

A little further ahead, going towards Vilalba, you reach San Juan de Alba, the parish where the Roza de las Modias is located. This is the most important example of prehistoric engravings in the North West of the Iberian Peninsula.

In Muíño Pequeno, located close to a farmhouse, a burial mound is clearly visible in the middle of fields to the left and can be easily identified because of the tree on top of it. From this point you can also see another six monuments which make up the complete necropolis.

The most outstanding aspect of the “Roza das Modias”, are the prehistoric engravings consisting of undulating patterns which decorate the stones of the chambers.

Boizán (Santiago)

You can get to the parish of Boizán taking the sign-posted turning two kilometres on the left from Vilalba, in the Coruña direction on the N-634 road. The area, known as Alto de Vixil, offers the visitor beautiful views of the capital town, and the fort settlement or castro of the same name is located there. Dating back to pre-roman times, it only has one defensive wall but the remains of dwellings, chimneys and ovens are still well preserved .

In Boizán you can also visit the chapel of las Nieves, near the castro, and the parish church, which is dedicated the worship of the Apostle Saint James. It dates back to the XVI century, with some later reforms. It is particularly worth visiting for the geometrical design of the beams in the roof, the covered portico on the south side of the nave, and its bell tower with two openings at the front.

 
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