The Convent of Las Duenas in Salamanca is a closed order, but the cloister is open to the public. It is a charmingly unexpected place and it is well worth a visit.
Ribadeo is on the River Eo, just a short distance from the sea, and on the border between Galicia and Asturias. We only had two and a half days in the town and so I had just a glimmering of … Continued
The Museums in Lugo are fascinating and they are certainly worth the ticket price so don’t hesitate if you are in the city! We visited the Provincial Museum in Lugo but there is also the House of Mosaics, and the … Continued
We were based in Léon and wanted a day out of the city so visited several remarkable Romanesque Monasteries near Leon. It was a wonderful day trip of c. 90 kms on easy roads. I wrote individual posts about the … Continued
Le Tart Abbey in France was established in 1132 as the first Cistercian Convent for women, I believe. The first Cistercian Convent in Spain followed in 1151 in Tulebras. In 1168 Santa Maria la Real in Gradefes was founded and … Continued
Visiting an area or town for the first time usually means seeing the ‘obvious’ sights first, returning if there is time and I particularly enjoyed something, then I move on to the ‘secondary’ sights, and after that I am free … Continued
The Convento das Chagas de Cristo was founded by Dom Jaime, the 4th Duke of Braganza c.1514, apparently as a house for the ladies of the Court and unmarried daughters and with a Church where the wives of the Dukes of … Continued
The Tourist Office is very helpful and provided the map below. The town was interesting but did not seem particularly concerned about its past, although several buildings were being renovated. People were friendly and I found a jeweller who replaced … Continued