Vilalba and its La Pravia – a tree of the mythological origin

Vilalba (Sp. Villalba) is a municipality in Galicia (Spain), in the province of Lugo.

Main attractions

It is a small town with a quiet life and little social activity and whose most significant monuments are La Pravia, a tree of possibly mythological origin, the Torreón de los Condes de Andrade, linked to the County of Lemos and currently the Parador Nacional de Villalba, and the church of Santa María, vaguely Neoclassical in style, in the center of the medieval town.

Precisely that Pravia, which presides over the confluence between the “Rúa da Pravia” and the “Rúa de Galicia”, is perhaps the most representative symbol of the city, a totemic tree that in all probability represents the personality and character of this ancient people.

Regarding its botanical classification, it is a white maple that has gone through various vicissitudes, but is currently in good health.

The Coast Route of the Camino de Santiago enters the town hall of Villalbés from Abadín and passes through the old bridge of Martiñán, Goiriz, and leaves the council in the direction of Baamonde through San Juan de Alba, to Torre and from there to Guitiriz.

Best restaurants

There is one Michelin list restaurant in the city:

Mesón do Campo, Plaza San Juan 10, 55 – 75 EUR • Traditional Cuisine

How to get to?

The nearest airport is in A Coruña (LCG).

Other airports:

Asturias airport.
Santiago de Compostela airport.

Distance by car:

From Lugo 35 min (36.0 km) via A-6 and LU-541

From Santiago de Compostela 1 hr 15 min (121 km) via AP-9 and A-6

From Madrid 5 hr 15 min (534 km) via A-6

Main information

Area: 379 km² (municipality)

Coordinates: 43°17′47″N 7°40′43″W

Population: 14 079

Languages: Spanish, Galician

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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