Travel in Spain, Day 4, Castro de Barona

We left Ribeira to drive along the Ria de Noia. The weather was deteriorating and visibility was restricted – not quite what I had in mind – and then we saw a signpost for Castro de Baroña and stopped to look. What an amazing sight!

 

Castro de Barona

Castro de Baroña was first excavated in 1933. There were a lot of these enclosures in Galicia, not all excavated yet, and this seems to have been quite a sophisticated culture with interesting carvings and jewellery.

The noticeboard had an aerial view of the site: 3.Second Wall, 4.Gate, 5.Inhabited enclosures, 6.Necropolis. Nos.1 & 2 were the Defensive ditch and First wall.

Castro de Barona, aerial views on noticeboard

The Defensive ditch and the First Wall were on a sandy neck of land joining the rocky outcrop to the main body of land.

The Defensive Ditch and the First Wall

The Defensive Ditch and the First Wall

The Entrance Gate.

The Entrance Gate

Inside the walls there are circular and oval enclosures, but no explanation about the purpose, and on this occasion the Tourist Office was firmly closed. It was very windy indeed and walking around was quite difficult, and the narrow path to see the necropolis seemed too dangerous in this weather.

The settlement was apparently abandoned because of damage by the sea and at this point, looking out to sea, one could see why.

Castro de Barona looking out to sea

 The coastline below the settlement.

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We drove back to Cambados in the rain but eventually the day settled into a quiet evening.

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You may be interested in
Castro de Baroña
The Megalithic Portal
Galicia Guide for information about lots of things Gallegan
Castros in Spain
Castro Culture
The Celts in Spain
Celtic Hill Forts in Galicia

 

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