Santa Marta de Ortigueira Travel Guide

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    by nomad7890 Written Aug 22, 2006

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    I want to say this is the church of Santa Marta de Ortigueira, and a local confirmed this was the correct name of the church - I just did not see any signs on the church with that name. So I can say I was told this was the church of Santa Marta de Ortigueira but still don't feel 100% sure. The church is very unassuming and quiet. Not sure when it opens in the morning, but if you get there mid-day it will be closed until 7 PM. The nice part about the area were the little houses and windows, the beautiful trees, and the peaceful atmosphere.

    It is from here that we found the steps to the windmill - when *facing* the church to your left.

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    by nomad7890 Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    The port in Ortigueira was very peaceful, with some people sailing, some fishing, and an occassionsl motor boat. It is such a nice and quiet place you could sit there and chill for a bit. Or walk across one of the many eating places and have some tapas and coffe or a nice Galician Ribadeo or Alvarino.

    If traveling with children there is a nice playground shaded by beautiful trees.

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    by nomad7890 Updated Aug 22, 2006

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    Overlooking Santa Marta de Ortigueira stands a beautiful windmill on top of a hill. There is no public transportation so the only way to get there is to hike, but no worries, it is a fairly easy trail. The hill is very quiet like the rest of the town and affords a beautiful view of the town and the surrounding areas. There are no businesses in the immediate area and nobody was there other than a family of cats - so before going up pack a nice lunch, then sit at the cut off trunk and enjoy your lunch with a beautiful view of the mountains and the "Ria".

    OK so my sister-in-law was a bit freaked out because there was a VERY large dog in one of the houses we passed on the way up. No worries, he was *not* that large and was not interested in us at all. The lady who was at the house said to just go up, that was the way to the windmill. (See picture).

    Medieval windmill This is the way to the windmill from the church! Going up the stairs ... pass the house Dog should not bother you ... ignored us!
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Santa Marta de Ortigueira Transportation

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    by nomad7890 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Getting to Ortigueira is quite easy and you have many options.
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    If you are not driving I would recommend taking the train TO Ortigueira, and the bus to return. Depending on your origination point, due to the train schedules you can waste considerable time waiting in Ferrol for the connecting train to your origination point. The train and bus stations in Ortigueira are right next to each other.
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    1. Train. Coming from the West (we came from ACoruna) - you take Renfe to Ferrol, then take the FEVE line towards Ribadeo and exit in Ortiqueira.
    PLUS: The train ride is beautiful!
    WARNING: Be aware of the train schedules.
    Renfe: http://www.renfe.es
    FEVE: http://www.feve.es/00/index.html - This is in Spanish - go to the bottom to the area labeled "Listado de Lineas" and use toe "pulldown" to select "Ferrol-Ortiqueira" for the trip TO Ortigueira. If you're coming from other locations you would of course have to change the selection.

    2. Bus: Try http://www.transportemetropolitano.xunta.es/tarxeta/Tarxeta/pid/53 or ask in your hotel for information - but again once in Ortigueira the bus stop is next to the train stop.

    Ortigueira is perfectly walkable!

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    by nomad7890 Written Aug 22, 2006

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    If you arrive by train or bus to Ortigueira the best way to get around is walking. It is a very small town and walking you see all the bakeries, restaurants, stores, and beautiful patios. Note that if you arrive by train, the tourist center is on the other end of town - this is not a problem, maybe around 10 small blocks. Even if you arrive by car, as you may just want to find a nice place to park and leave it.

    Stop by the tourist center and get a map. Although not really necessary it gives you a good idea of places not to miss. We loved the port and area near the children's playground with the beautiful trees, the windmill and the hike to the windmill, and the center of town. This was an unforgettable experience!

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    Favorite thing: *Update: The Tourist Center has now moved to the other end of town!

    The Tourist Info Center is located at the western entrance of the town (so if you come in from the train you have to walk a few blocks to the other end of town to get there!). They offer many good pieces of information on Ortigueira, including info on nearby places, such as those with more Celtic influence. Although the town is small and the map is not really necessary, a stop at the Tourist Center is a good idea to get some "official" information.

    Fondest memory: The passing of the wind thru the trees, the mountains and the sky, the peace of it all nurtures your being.

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