Ribadavia’s main square is a beautiful and atmospheric reminder of its medieval past. Its mixture of architectural styles and periods is nothing if not eclectic. It’s also a great place for people –watching, especially in the early evening or a Sunday morning. But don’t expect peace and quiet: the Spaniards love to congregate in large extended families, including toddlers and children of all ages, and everybody talks at once. This is a great place also to sample the local wines – most of the bars sell a wide selection of these. At the bottom end of the Plaza you enter a maze of cobbled streets and arcaded squares. Medieval churches and other interesting buildings are everywhere and there are great views of the river and its valley from several vantage points. Next to the Plaza Mayor is the Jewish quarter which was established in Ribadavia in the 12th and 13th centuries and inhabited by a small number of families who played a key role in the development of Ribadavia and in servicing the nobility. Also look out for the gateways of the original city walls– construction started in the 12th century and continued into the 15th.
Off Ribadavia’s main street, Rua de Progreso, just below the castle. Ribadavia is signposted from the A52 on the Vigo to Ourense road.
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