If travelling to a destination that is not constantly bombarded by tourists, relaxing in naturally heated thermal baths, and feasting on fresh, succulent octopus sounds like your kind of thing, then boy, do I have the perfect city for you to visit.
Ourense is located in the region of north-western Spain called Galicia. Galicia is home to volcanoes, beaches, amazing seafood, and the final destination of the Camino de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela. Like most Spanish cities, those found in the Galician region have historical town centres. These have plenty of charm to keep you captivated as you explore and lose yourself wandering down cobblestoned streets. I was lucky enough to spend the first day of my trip to Northern Spain, in Ourense. Although it’s not commonly visited by travellers, I’m so glad it was recommended to me by a friend who was born and grew up there, and swears by its amazing octopus. We got to attend the octopus fair, usually only frequented by locals, so you know it’s the real deal.
We stopped in Ourense for the day before continuing on to Santiago, given the cities’ close proximity to one another, but you could stay the night there too, as there were plenty of bars and restaurants we didn’t have the chance to try!
Take a look at my article that was recently published by travelista.club to learn more about this city’s charms, and spending the day living there like a local. Feel free to click here and check it out now.