Isla de San Simón

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Isla de San Simón

Islands of San Simón and San Antón, image from Wikimedia Commons

Islands of San Simón and San Antón, image from Wikimedia Commons

The stage of the Camino Portugués that leads from Mos to Pontevedra has a reputation for demanding . At the beginning of the stage, a pronounced descent to Redondela awaits us, viaduct village from there The stage continues towards Arcade, but another option is to cross the Vigo estuary to reach San Simón Island. Although it is not part of the Camino, it is a highly recommended visit due to all the history it hides.

All the uses of the island of San Simón throughout its history

In the Middle Ages it was the seat of a monastery, which was first occupied by the Templars and then by the Franciscans. When it was abandoned in the fourteenth century, suffered looting at the hands of English pirates. During the Modern Age it was the object of countless looting and robbery, both by the English and the Dutch. In between, it was once again inhabited by different monastic orders.

The conflicts were not only international. The island of San Simón was also the scene of the Irmandian Wars and the Spanish War of Independence. In this context, the French troops burned the convent and the church, and also burned all the valuable archives that were kept on the island.

Since then, in 1838, the island was used as a lazaretto, the neighborhood where lepers were confined. It was not closed. until 1927, when it was built. the bridge that connects the island of San Simón with that of San Antón.

During the Civil War the buildings on the island were used as a concentration camp and prison for political prisoners dissidents of the Franco regime from all over Spain. It was in operation until 1943, when the construction began. to give up slowly, until he readjusted himself. to be a home for orphans. It didn't take long long to be abandoned again, only twenty years later.

The island of San Simón today

In 1999, the islands of San Simón and San Antón were declared of cultural interest, and the process began. a project to recover existing buildings and natural landscapes. Now it is also known as Isla del Pensamiento, and serves as a tourist and cultural setting. is not It is inhabited, but it hosts all kinds of cultural activities to spread Galician artistic and cultural creation.

There are several places from which we can sail to visit the island. It is important to know that you must request an authorization from the Xunta before the visit, unless you go through one of the companies that organize the routes. It can be visited from Vigo, Cangas, Vilaboa, Chapela, Cesantes and, of course, from Redondela.< /p>

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