Castro de Santa Trega

Point of interest en A Guarda

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Castro de Santa Trega

Castro de Santa Trega - AlbertoLoyo/iStock

Castro de Santa Trega - AlbertoLoyo/iStock

The Castro de Santa Trega is located in A Guardia, a place very visited by pilgrims since it offers a great variety of archaeological, religious values ​​and the beauty of its landscapes. The origin of this fort dates back to the 4th century B.C. and it occupies 20 hectares of surface, being an example of castreña culture of the peninsular Northwest.

Located at 314 meters above sea level, the Castro de Santa Trega welcomed around 5000 people in its most splendorous period - 1st century BC -, being one of the largest in the Northwest of the peninsula. The houses that made up this enclave were mostly oval, although they also had rectangular and rounded corners. Despite the fact that at first glance it seems that this town does not have any logical order, the houses were arranged in family units.

The best panoramic view between Galicia and Portugal

In addition to everything you can discover in this archaeological site, it offers unbeatable views of Galicia, from the port of A Guardia to the coast of Portugal. Not only the walkers now enjoy these wonderful views, as the inhabitants of the castros did in the past.

The location of this site is not due to the views, but was a strategic settlement to guarantee the safety of all its inhabitants. In this way, they could control maritime traffic and the mouth of the Miño River. The inhabitants of the Castro de Santa Trega had an autonomous economy, since they made ceramics, jewelry, instruments and fabrics.

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