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Silleda

A natural paradise

In Pontevedra, Galicia

Silleda is a town in Galicia, in the north of the province of Pontevedra, in the Region of Deza. This is a destination with a rich cultural and natural heritage, where you can get away completely from routine, breathe fresh air, practise sports, admire delightful landscapes, enjoy exquisite cuisine and visit interesting monuments and tourist attractions. Here is a sample of what you can do in Silleda.

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The Romanesque Route

One of the attractions of the area is its Romanesque churches, built between the 11th and 13th century, which include the churches of Abades, Ansemil, Fiestras, Breixa, Escuadro, Dornelas, Taboada and O Castro. The Convent of Carboeiro is one of the most characteristic monuments to Galician mediaeval art and one of the prettiest monasteries in Galicia, It lies on the banks of the river Deza, is in Romanesque style and was built in the 12th century. Another recommended activity is to stroll over the Roman bridges in Carboeiro, Chapa and Taboada.

The pazos

In Silleda and its surroundings one can see several pazos, a traditional Galician house, most of which have baroque styles and were erected in the 17th and 18th centuries. Especially noteworthy are the pazo of Trasfontao, protected by a walled enclosure and located in the parish of Silleda; the pazo of Sestelo, also known as the ‘Casa de Sestelo’, one of the best preserved examples of these buildings; the pazo of A Viña, with Hidalga civil architecture, the birth house of writer and politician Ramón de Valenzuela; and the pazo of Cascaxide, with its Compostela-style church and forest that’s a protected natural site.

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Active tourism

Canoeing, rafting, fishing, archery, bowls, hiking, bike trails… Silleda and the surrounding countryside offers visitors a wide variety of sports. The municipality has a number of trails and paths, such as the Senda de Deza (PR-G 18), which links the Toxa waterfall with the Monastery of Carboeiro, the Ruta del Agua (PR-G 124), the Senda de la Saleta and Castro de Toiriz. Silleda is also part of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage path. The Vía de la Plata (Silver Path), also called the South-Western or Mozarab Path, is an Asset of Cultural Interest.

Fine cuisine

Silleda offers excellent cuisine based on high quality meats and farm produce. One of the most important food festivals in Silleda is the Fiesta de la Empanada in Bandeira, which is held in August to celebrate the traditional Galician pasty. There are other food festivals, such as the Fiesta de la Rosquilla (Abades), with these typical doughnuts, also called melindre, being the confectionery par excellence of traditional Galician pilgrimages, the highly popular Fiesta de la Tortilla (Freixeiro-Laro), where attendees can enjoy Spanish omelette and wine free of charge, and the Fiesta del Lacón (Silleda), as smoked pork shoulder is a typical product of the region.

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