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About the guru Mark
I'm Mark and was born in Scotland. I've been visiting Galicia since 1994 and moved here in 2010. I recently moved to Ribadavia having lived in Baiona. I've guiding groups for many years on gastronomic tours in the Old Town of Baiona and in Vigo. I guide walking tours too on the Camino de Santiago including on the Portuguese Way from Porto, Oia and Baiona and from Sarria,Tui... More »
I'm Mark and was born in Scotland. I've been visiting Galicia since 1994 and moved here in 2010. I recently moved to Ribadavia having lived in Baiona. I've guiding groups for many years on gastronomic tours in the Old Town of Baiona and in Vigo. I guide walking tours too on the Camino de Santiago including on the Portuguese Way from Porto, Oia and Baiona and from Sarria,Tui and Ourense including from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre and Muxia. I have also filmed all of the Caminos de Santiago in Spain. I'm also an expert on tourism in Galicia, having written over 1000 pages of content for My Guide Galicia, a leading English speaking travel website as well as other websites like EATourSpecialist. I'm an active Blogger for Galicia Gastro, a group of Galician Bloggers having been a judge at numerous tapas competitions throughout Galicia as well as promoting gastronomic events, winery visits, inaugurations etc. I'm a Geography graduate (UCL) and was a Chartered Town Planner in Bristol. I'm a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Chartered Geographer. I'm also a Level 10 Local Guide for Google Maps.
About the tour
Ribadavia is in the heart of the picturesque wine region of Ribiero where they produce my favourite white wines in Spain,if not the whole world ! It’s oozing with history and stories with an interesting Jewish past as well as playing a big part in the production of wine for over a 1000 years and is part of the Sephardic (jewish and hebrew) routes in Spain. We will discover the historic and well preserved Old Town and Jewish Quarter. Ribadavia as well as being the capital of the Ribeiro wine producing region was the ancient capital of Galicia and was known as the King’s village. It’s also famous for its annual,medieval festival.
Ribadavia lies at the confluence of the rivers Avia and Miño surrounded by mountains in the interior of Galicia. It’s medieval Old Town and Jewish quarter which was established in the 11th century are well preserved. We will explore its cobbled streets including the old, fortified Castle and admire some of it’s old churches like the 12th century Santiago Church and San Juan Church and other monuments like the House of the Inquisition. The old pilgrimage route from Portugal to Santiago, the Camino de Santiago, passes through the Old Town. We will visit the oldest tavern in Galicia, Papuxa which dates back over 1000 years. Try a jewish cake/sweet from the pastry shop, Tahonia Herminia or local speciality from As Nisas. We will start and finish the tour from the Praza Maior, the town’s main square where we can also have a coffee/drink in one of the numerous terraces there.
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