In this second article about the route shown on the Santiago Ruiz label, we are going to run through the towns on the interior route from Vigo to O Rosal. A journey via the villages that Isabel's guests would have passed through on their way to San Miguel de Tabagón.
O Porriño and Antonio Palacios
After leaving Vigo, the first stop on the journey is O Porriño, a town that straddles the Louro River, an affluent of the Miño, which forms part of the Camino portugués - the Pilgrim's Way on its route from Portugal. The Town Hall stands proudly in its historic centre. It is a modernist building by Antonio Palacios, an illustrious architect who was born in this municipality in 1874. Constructed in 1921 from local stone, it reminds us of the ancient fortress cathedrals from the start of the Middle Ages.
The same author is also behind the Templete de la Red San Luis, a former entrance to the Madrid Metro, which was moved to O Porriño in homage to Antonio Palacios. In addition, the Botica Nova, dating from 1912, designed as a pharmacy and home for his brother José.
On the way to Tui, you can find some of the most important prehistoric settlements in the area.
Tui and its Cathedral
Tui is famous for its Romanesque cathedral, Santa María de Tui, one of the most renowned in Galicia. From the end of the 11th Century, this fortified structure, with crenelated towers, walkways and passages - led the way for a regional style of construction. Inside, it retains the best Gothic cloister in Galicia, from the second half of the 13th century.
It is near to the paseo de la Corredera, the main pedestrianized street, flanked by noble buildings full of history, most of which are constructed from stone.
There is a river path along the Miño between the medieval wall and the river. The Miño is navigable from Tui to the estuary, which is why the town has a Yacht Club, called San Telmo.
On the outskirts, a bridge that united two countries: the Tui International Bridge, which spans the Miño to join Tui with the Portuguese town of Valença and was created by the Riojan engineer Pelayo Mancebo y Ágreda in 1884. A crossing point that served to unite Galicia and Portugal by rail and is now a shining example of civil engineering from the end of the 19th Century.
O Rosal, our destination
After Tui, we reach our destination: la Rua do Viticultor Santiago Ruiz en San Miguel de Tabagón, in the municipality of O Rosal where our winery is located. As climax to your journey, an ending point where you can enjoy a glass of wine or visit our museum.