Route of the Castros of the Ría of Arousa
The Ría of Arousa is famous in Galicia for its beaches and its beautiful landscapes, but it hides other secrets you can discover with this route.
It is several forts, the most representative that sit on the banks of the estuary. Three sites, some of recent archaeological excavation, which brings us to the Castro culture, fortified villages, typical of the Iron Age in the current Galicia, and in this case also with the peculiarities of the maritime forts by type found next to the banks of the river.
The first stop will be at the Castro of Alobre in Vilagarcía de Arousa. This site is considered of great heritage and scientific interest, which, since 2001, the City Council promoted a series of performances to value it. It occupies the top of a hill known as O Montiño. It presents up to three enclosures of different heights.
The second town is Monte do Castro (Ribadumia). The fort, in the valley of the Umia, is one of the largest. It was the subject of an occupation from the fourth century BC until the first century AD, at which time it is destroyed and finally abandoned.
Finally, but not least will visit the Castro of A Lanzada, in the City Council of Sanxenxo. It is a native Iron Age settlement from the eighth century BC. It contains a cemetery that was used until the III-IV centuries AD. In it they were found traces of very different moments: a factory of marine products of II century BC, several celtic huts and the remains of a Galician-Roman settlement. It was restored in 2010.
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