Sanabrés Way - Xunqueira de Ambía

Information about Xunqueira de Ambía

We land in Xunqueira de Ambía, a small historical redoubt in the province Ourense. This town is characterized by its small, but charming and fascinating historic centre. Despite its small size, this small district stands out for its exemplary narrow streets and the ancient architecture that dominates the landscape.

This village owes its name to the legend of the Virgin of Xunqueira, who is said to have appeared in the lagoon’s reed bed, and a chapel was built there in her honour. Hence, many devotees decided to attend the event.

This legend fed the health of the Camino Sanabrés, as the pilgrims found here an obligatory place to rest, so the monks who sponsored the pilgrims here decided to build a church in the Romanesque style of Santiago de Compostela and a pilgrims’ hospital to welcome the pilgrims.

What to see and do in Xunqueira de Ambía

Santa María la Real Collegiate Church complex

Being the nerve centre of the village since time immemorial, this architectural complex is built around the church of Santa María la Real, one of the most important places of worship in Galicia. This complex has the aforementioned church and a Plateresque style cloister.

Collegiate Church Santa María Real - Xunqueira de Ambía

St. Peter’s Chapel

This small chapel of popular style is located in the place of O Campo, and is the host of the venerated image of Saint Peter Martyr of Verona.

Historic centre of Xunqueira de Ambía

One of the most worthwhile things to see when you arrive in Xunqueira de Ambía is, without a doubt, the town itself. With a small, but charming old town made of stone and hidden alleys, this place is the place where the pilgrim’s attention is drawn after a long stage.

Fluvial beach of Xunqueira de Ambía

Located on the outskirts of the locality we will find the fluvial beaches of the river Arnoia, where there is arranged a recreational area of great beauty. The river flows through this area, and gives us an outdoor green space to relax and enjoy nature. It has benches and a footbridge to cross it safely.

Fluvial beach - Xunqueira de Ambía

Pelamios Route

This small circular route around the village will give us to know the natural wooded environment of this area near the river Arnoia, as well as small details that surround Xunqueira de Ambía.

Pelamios - Xunqueira de Ambía Route


Undoubtedly, the municipality of Xunqueira de Ambía is one with many festivities, and we highlight among all of them its patron saint festivities and the Cycle of Organ and Ancient Music that takes place in the Collegiate Church of Santa María la Real, with free entrance.

Mapa de Xunqueira de Ambía