The place known as Praça de Oca, is composed by the façade of the Palace, the chapell and the houses of whom used to be the workers of the palace. The Chapell-Church was built from 1713 to 1752, with a ground plant in the shape of a greek cross and in Galiza´s Baroque style. Today´s Pazo was built by the end of the 17th Century and begining of the 18th, over the remains of an ancient fort. It has important gardens with exotic species.
It costs around €3 to get in, it's worthy!!
Velis Nolis is a new restaurant located 5 minutes from city center.
I can describe its cousine as experimental. Jaume, the owner-cheff, is a great cook from Catalunya, just ask him for a recommendation when you order.
The restaurant has two different rooms/areas. One is the proper restaurant and in the other side has a cafeteria.
Nixon is located right at the Estrada city center. The base of its menu is salmon and local dishes. Make sure you call first before you go even during the week, it is not too big.
Favorite Dish: As I said before salmon here is excellent, this restaurant is always making up new dishes. Don't miss the "filhoas" for desert (traditional Galizan desert)
The best way to try everything it's getting the the tasting menu!!
There are more bars than people in Estrada therefore a great competition exist between bars.
Bars offer a free tapa for each drink, depending of the bar you will get different tapa, better or worse.
If you go to just four bars you already ate.
It is very usual to go drink a wine before lunch and dinner to a bar. From 12:30PM to 02:00PM and from 07:00PM to 09:30PM bars are full of people drinking wine a eating the complementary tapa.
The "Rapa das bestas" (Shearing fair) has its origin in a terrible plague, which affected the region on the 16th Century. At that time, two sisters offered two "bestas" (horses) up to St Lourenço, the Sabucedo's patron and saint with a great devotion in order to defend them from the plague. After the plague, the two sisters kept their promise giving to the priest the horses, which with the passing days had been multiplying in the mountains around. One century later the town began getting profits from the horses, so fair began!!
Today more than 600 horses, divided into 14 herds, running free in a more than 200 km2. space
Children start guided by the veterans in a very young age just with little horses.
Although they share with visitors some aspects of the organisation, such as looking for the Bestas in the mountains, they are the only ones allowed to be aloitadores (fighters), as it is a difficult task, which requires a knoledge. The fighters only with the help of their ability and of the force of their arms join a noble and singular battle with horse so as to shear it (their patron St. Lourenço protect them from eventual injuries...)
Sabucedo is 15min away from Estrada, it belongs to Estrada. The sharing fair is celebrated on the first weekend of July always. It's nice to camp the hold weekend on the montains and participate on the celebration.
CHECK SABUCEDO PAGE FOR MOR INFO AND PICTURES!!!
Favorite thing: Estrada has no beach, but instead it has a river beach few minutes far from city center. Water is cold...
Just been in this city is relax. Only five minutes far from Estrada are the montains, rivers, etc...
The common tips are riding horses, rafting, hiking, cycling.........
It's only 20min from Santiago the Galiza's capital.