The day we visited Castro de Santa Trega, an archaeological site located on the outskirts of A Guarda, a thick fog presented itself against the slopes of the 341m high mountain where the ruins of the Celtic village are located.
On a clear day, the views towards Portugal, the Atlantic ocean and the O Rosal Valley, unfortunatly on the day we visited, we barely could see our own feet.
A Guarda is located at the most Southwestern tip of Galicia, where the river Mino creates a natural border between Portugal and Galicia.
There are 2 ways of reaching the settlement, by cart following the narrow mountain road which zigzags it's way up the mountain or the walk from A Guarda which is fabulous.
The settlement, which during it's heyday (first century BC) housed abouth 5000 people, was selected for it's strategic location.
Most of the dwellings were round in shape. The settlers who ones lived on top of this mountain were economic self-sufficient making pottery, jewellery, tools,...
On top of the mountain are many small stalls selling souvenirs or snacks., but in our view best avoided due to the exorbitant prices.
You are better off descending into A Guarda and enjoying a fabulous meal in one of the many local fish restaurants or take a picnic up the mountain.
There is nothing better than enjoying the views on a clear day while eating lovely fresh bread with some Tetilla cheese.
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We are Peter & Dolores De Bie. We love the great outdoors, discovering new parts of the world and writing about our adventures along the Wild Atlantic Way and further afield