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Despite its population of just 838, this is an important point on the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago due to its superb monuments, several of which have been declared Assets of Cultural Interest, and the fact that it marks the end of the sixth stage described in the Codex Calixtinus.

WHAT TO SEE:

- Church of San Martín (11th century). One of the world’s finest examples of Romanesque architecture.

- Church of San Pedro (15th century).  There is a small religious art museum with 29 Hispano-Flemish style panels.

- Church of Nuestra Señora del Castillo (Late Gothic). It currently houses a centre exhibiting ‘Vestigia"– a multimedia project based on the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago.

- Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Otero (18th century). A 13th century image of the town’s patron saint.

- Ethnography and History Museum. A collection made up of more than a thousand exhibits based on the countryside. Castilla Canal (18th century).One of the finest works of engineering from the Age of Enlightenment.