Mugardos is a small town with a seafaring tradition located on the left bank of the Ferrol estuary. It is an area of ​​privileged nature with evergreen landscapes and a spectacular coastline. Also, the Camino de Santiago English it passes through its municipal term.

Your visit to Mugardos must include a visit to their port, which in its time was one of the most powerful of all Galicia, and its promenade, framed by typical houses with galleries. Both in one area and the other you will find numerous bars and restaurants where it is mandatory to order the octopus from the Mugardesa, which we will tell you about. A bath in the cozy Bestarruza beach and the visit to its monuments will complete your stay in Mugardos. If you want to get to know this beautiful Coruña town better, we invite you to follow us.

What to see and do in Mugardos

Both the beautiful Galician town and its surroundings have some monuments that we advise you to visit. Among them, coastal fortresses, chapels and unique buildings among which are pazos and modernist buildings. Let's get to know them.

Castle of La Palma

Its origins date back to the XNUMXth century, but the construction you can see today is from the XNUMXth century. It was a surveillance fortress that controlled the entrance to the Ferrol estuary next to the Castle of San Martín, which is close though it is in ruins, and that of San Felipe, on the other side of the estuary.

It is currently abandoned but its last assignment was to military jail. In fact, former Civil Guard Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina, one of the participants in the 23-F coup, was imprisoned there.

The castle of La Palma

Castle of La Palma

Modernist pazos and buildings

The urban area of ​​Mugardos has a good number of historical buildings, as we said. Among them, you have fifteenth century pazos like Rilo's, from the XNUMXth as the Mermaid's House, and from the beginning of the XIX as the Pazo of the Countesses.

But it also offers you interesting modernist-type constructions, such as the houses cudilleiro y Gelpi, the old Zárate cinema, Casino Progress or the call Chalet of Hope.

Roman Baths of Caldoval, the past of Mugardos

Different character has the Caldoval Interpretation Center, which houses the Roman baths discovered in the Santa Lucia Cove. They are the only ones with a fore found in the entire northwest of the Iberian Peninsula and they belonged to a rural town inhabited between the XNUMXst and XNUMXth centuries after Jesus Christ.

A visit to this center will allow you to discover what life was like for the Roman populations settled in the area during the decline of the Empire, from their games and distractions to their daily tasks.

Monastery of Santa Catalina de Montefaro

Although it is not in Mugardos, but in the neighboring council of AresWe advise you to visit this monastery built in the XNUMXth century, although profoundly renovated in the XNUMXth. Therefore, it presents a transitional bill between Romanesque and Gothic, although somewhat distorted by elements added in the XNUMXth century.

Of these, two precious baroque cloisters. For its part, the tower is churrigueresque style and many sculptural elements from its first Romanesque factory such as capitals, corbels and arches, can be seen in the Museum of San Antón, in La Coruña.

The monastery of Santa Catalina

Monastery of Santa Catalina de Montefaro

Churches and chapels in Mugardos

The beautiful Coruña town also offers you an interesting religious heritage. It stands out in him church of San Julián de Mugardos, of which, in addition, a hiking route starts. This runs through the Castle of La Palma, the paths of the Bath and A Redonda, the monastery of Montefaro to reach the Dancer batteries, where you will find a viewpoint that offers you wonderful views of the Ría Ferrolana.

The religious heritage of Mugardos is complemented by the Chapels of the Ascension and San Vitorio; The churches of San Juan de Piñeiro and Santiago de Franza and Hermitage of Our Lady of Mercy.

When is it better to travel to the town of Coruña

The climate in Mugardos presents cold and rainy winters, with temperatures that do not usually drop below two degrees. In contrast, summers are drier and quite warm. Therefore, the best months for you to visit the Galician town are those that go from June to September.

In addition, in the month of July the Carmen festivities y the Octopus, cataloged of Tourist Interest of Galicia. However, patron saint festivities of San Julián are in January and the popular pilgrimage of Chanteiro's vote it usually takes place in May.

What to eat in Mugardos

The Coruña town offers you all the typical Galician dishes. Among them the pies, Galician soup, Fish and seafood. But also magnificent meats like those of Capelada veal and vegetables like do Couto peppers and pig turnip greens.

Saint John of Pineiro

Church of San Juan de Piñeiro

However, the star dish of the town is, as we told you before, the octopus mugardesa. Its recipe is as simple as it is delicious. The cephalophode is cooked in sea water and then passed through the pan together with a refried onion, oil and sweet paprika. Once this is done, it is served with cachelos (potatoes) and peppers.

After this delicious dish, you can finish your meal with a serving of Castiñeira cake or rice pudding. And, to drink, you can choose a Ribeiro wine.

How to get to Mugardos

One of the funniest ways to get to the town of Coruña is boat from Ferrol. However, it only works at Easter and summer, although until not long ago it was a daily transport.

You can also travel in bus from Ferrol itself or from La Coruña. But, if you prefer to do it in your own car, you should take the Atlantic Highway (AP-9) and then go to VG-12 and finally take the AC-133 which will take you directly to Mugardos.

In conclusion, one of the best visits you can do in the province of La Coruna is Mugardos, with its marine environment, Its historical buildings, its lush green nature and its beautiful views over the Ferrol estuary. All this not to mention its tasty food. Don't you want to escape to the town of Coruña?




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