Travel in Spain, Fefinans Square, Cambados

Cambados has been inhabited for a long time. The Celts settled in the area now called Galicia in the first millennium BC, and their artifacts have been found in the hills surrounding Cambados. Apparently the Phoenicians also settled in around the Umia River south of the town. (They were spreading through the Mediterranean in c.1500BC-300BC.)  Today there are three main ‘centres’: the historic centre around Fefiñáns Square, the old fishing village of San Tomé, and the newer town inbetween the two. There is an excellent article on the town here, with histories and photographs. These are my impressions during a brief stay.

The Pazo of Fefiñáns started building in 15C and included the battlement tower and four arched bridges, of which only one remains. Today the buildings include a bodega producing Albariño wine, the first bodega to market the brand.

Ffinans Square, Cambados, in the evening light

Pazo de Fefinans in its Square, Cambados, in the evening light

Ffinans Square, Cambados, in the evening light

Curved arch bridge of Pazo de Fefinans

The bodega in the Pazo de Fefiñáns.

A watchtower of the 16C, the Torre de Homenaje, is at the far end of the walled gardens of the Pazo de Fefiñáns.

Torre de Homenaje, Cambados

The Church of San Benito was originally a Romanesque Church, but restructured in 15C, and then 17C. Two large granite figures, balboas, armed with shield and club, protect those buried in the church and preside over both the church and the square.

The Church of San Benito

The Church of San Benito

And in a corner behind the square.

Moon Flowers

 

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