What to see and do in Valga
Located near the mouth of the Ulla River, where it flows into the Ría de Arousa, it is a habitat of great environmental value, featuring an extensive wetland and its associated fauna. It forms part of the Ulla–Deza River System SCI, which is included in the Natura 2000 Network.
For years clay was extracted here by a local company from Valga, resulting in an enormous hole in the ground, which was gradually filled by water by means of natural processes until it formed the largest manmade lagoon in Pontevedra province.
Every year, from the first Sunday in December is set up this singular, spectacular crib, which has been declared a Cultural Heritage Site and Galician Tourist Festival.
It consists of four floors that highlight the territory and its natural surroundings, its history, the life and work of Ferro Consuelo, and, finally, the exciting personage called La Bella Otero.
Undoubtedly, one of the most international figures of Valga’s history.
She travelled the world as an exotic dancer, singer and even an actress. She can be considered Spain’s first internationally renowned artist and died in Nice in 1965.
Located between the villages of Parafita and Raxoi, which they are called after, it is a narrow, rugged canyon through which the water of the Valga River rushes through, forming continuous waterfalls.
In this area of pines featuring small routes and picnic areas, there is an old, restored windmill. It reflects the importance of this type of construction in Valga’s economy, being an example of the traditional use of renewable energy sources.
Also known as Capela dos Martores, it is a very simple stone construction with a rectangular floor plan.
Some authors place a Swabian necropolis in its vicinity and it is even said that one of the possible burials of Prisciliano could be here. His followers considered them martyrs and hence the place name of Martores could have come.
The Eel Festival has been held during the last weekend in August since 1989 to promote this delicious fish that is found in abundance in the Ulla River. A couple of years later, it incorporated the Local Eau-de-Vie Festival due to this spirit’s quality and popularity in all of Valga’s parishes, where different varieties are made.