A quick but tasty visit to Ourense

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Today I am going to tell my experience two years ago visiting the Galician city of Ourense, a city that normally is not among the destinations of those who visit Galicia. It is much less touristic than for example Santiago de Compostela, but it was a great surprise and left me a pleasant impression.

Our visit to Ourense was by chance. We wanted to go from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid by train. But there wasn't a direct train. We should have to change trains in Ourense. And since the train was very early in the morning, we decided to spend one night there.

We arrived in the city shortly after midday. And after check-in in at a hotel near the train station, we went to the historic downtown. To get there we had to cross one of the bridges that cross the Miño River that runs through the city. We crossed the most emblematic one, the Ponte Romana or Ponte Vella.

PonteRomano_Ourense.jpgPonte Romano, Ourense and a view from the bridge.

The Ponte Romano is a pedestrian medieval bridge that despite having undergone several reforms throughout history, its foundations were built by the Romans and is the oldest bridge in the city.

PonteRomanaOurense.jpegPonte Romano, Ourense

After crossing the bridge we walked through some streets until we reached the Praza do Ferro.

If there is something famous in Galicia are the tapas and Ourense is not an exception. From the Praza do Ferro there are several streets that lead to the surroundings of the Cathedral of Ourense and conforming within the historic center an area known as "Os Viños" which is the route of bars and tapas of this Galician city. With very emblematic locals as the Bar Orellas, where the specialty tapa of the house of course is the pig ears. Which I must say are not my favorite, but still, we went in for some wine.

PrazaDoFerro_Orellas.jpgPraza do Ferro / Bar Orellas

Then we continued walking towards the cathedral area of Ourense. We had seen the night before on a travel page on the internet a nearby place to it where we wanted to eat, the Casa do Pulpo.

RuaLepanto.jpgRua Lepanto with Ourense Cathedral in the background.

And there between wine and beer, we ate Pulpo a Feira (octopus Galician style) and some zamburiñas (sea scallops). Everything was so tasty. Then we continue our tour with a full belly and a happy heart.

CasaDoPulpo.pngCasa do Pulpo

We walked through several streets until we reached the hot springs that are in the city center, named As Burgas.

AsBurgas.jpgAs Burgas

The water here is at a temperature between 64 and 68ºC. These hot springs in the center of the city are as emblematic to the history of it as the Ponte Romano.

From what I have read the hot springs complex has three springs, we touched the water emanating from the Burga de Abaixo. The middle Burga is what today is a complex of pools that during our visit were closed to visitors. And the source of the Upper Burga (Burga de Arriba), although smaller, is the oldest.

AsBurgas_collage.jpg Burga de Abaixo / Thermal Pool / View from the thermal pool / Burga de Arriba

Our next stop on the tour was the Plaza Mayor of Ourense, where we sat down for a coffee in one of the local cafes. The square is nice and it has some cafes with outdoor tables.

PlazaMayorOurense.jpegPlaza Mayor, Ourense

The streets became busier as the afternoon progressed. We walked through some of them and passed in front of the baroque church of Santa Eufemia, whose facade called my attention more than that of the cathedral.

CallesOurense.png Street in Ourense / Santa Eufemia Church / Street in Ourense with Santa Eufemia church in the background

After sunset, bars began to fill up. We joined the atmosphere and had tapas and drinks in several places. If one deserves a special mention, it is Bar Fuentefria, known for its mini pork sandwiches. But what we liked the most there was a tapa called Tosta de Anchoa. It was a thin toast with a creamy tomato sauce, and on top, the tastiest anchovy I have ever tasted.

CalleOurense2.png Street in Ourense / Bar Fuentefria

The city was so lively and had a good vibe. We toured various places, trying some tapas before going to the hotel to rest a while before heading to the train station to take the train to Madrid.

This was our unplanned trip to Ourense. A city despite not being among the top-visited places in Galicia left a very good impression on us,

If you made it this far, thank you very much for reading.

Disclaimer: I'm not related to any place mentioned in this article. It's just some notes based on my experience.

All images and writing are my own unless otherwise stated.

All images are my own and were taken in a visit to Ourense in December 2019

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January 31, 2022



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Such a beautiful city, what a wonderful and interesting place.
I was reminded of some photos of Venice.
Beautiful memories, thank you for sharing with us this beautiful trip! 😍

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I worked in Galicia for six months and I don't believe I visited here, however the Roman bridge is familiar.
Tapas are delicious in Galicia, but did you know that the odds were that you ate Scottish food. Most of our shellfish and white seafood goes to Spain, they are a huge importer. And octopus street, I love it and it reminds me of the time I made Galician octopus and was dead chuffed when our Spanish vert friends said it was as good as their mothers versions. That was the ultimate compliment for me :)

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Where did you work there? I remember you told sometime about Scottish seafood being exported to Spain.

I made Galician octopus and was dead chuffed when our Spanish vert friends said it was as good as their mothers versions.

This definitely calls me to add to our Bucket wishes list eat a Galician style octopus prepared by you. 😋

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pulpo a la gallega duly added to our life wishes list Eli :)
It was actually in El Ferrol, where Franco was born!
They have big shipyard and it was where we had the ship built that I was working on in Andalucia, we transported all the process equipment up to El Ferrol and fitted them onto the ship being built there

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Oh, I know where it is but have never been there. We have friends living in La Coruña.
Look at you, I didn't know you had worked in ship building. I don't think I ever asked you exactly what you did in Spain. We half talked one time and I got the impression that you did something more marketing related. So ship building, hum. Is there something you haven't done, Ed? ;)

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Ah yes this was in my Project Management days. The ship was built in El Ferrol and all the process units were fabricated and assembled in El Puerto de Santa Maria down south then sailed up and fitted out onto the ship, well FPSO to give it its oil and gas title. The last time I lived there was not in oil and gas hehe I have done a lot Eli ;)

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I have no doubt that you have done a lot, Ed! ;) And what did you do your second time in Spain if I may ask?

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Second time was when I lived there for five years and owned a holiday equipment rental business

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Five years is quite some time, why did you leave?

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Parents not well and was time for a change - working with my brother was exhausting and mentally not good!

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Oh, I understand. Working with the family is usually not easy

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hehe that is putting it mildly🤣🤣🤣

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I wanted to be discreet, haha I remember you once told me that you don't talk to your brother anymore. So not easy is very mild indeed😉😊.

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