Tui

TuiThe small city of Tui, in the south of the province of Pontevedra, on the border of Spain and Portugal, looks out over the River Mino across to the fortess town of Valenca on the other side, reached by an iron bridge built by Gustave Eiffel. Starting off as a Roman settlement called Tude, Tui, in its strategic position, had a turbulent history, but is now a much calmer place with its compact, historic old quarter of medieval lanes and houses. Not to be missed is its fortress like C13th Cathedral de Santa Maria with its battlements and fortifications. Perched high on a hill it is dedicated to San Telmo, the patron saint of fishermen. Other smaller churches, the romanesque San Bartolome and the gothic Santo Domingo are well worth a visit too. Tui is still a nicely old fashioned place with little shops and a good selection of bars and restaurants and a proper country market on Wednesdays.