BRIÓN is a small municipality in A Coruña province, with an area of 74.97 km2. It is located to the west of Santiago de Compostela, on the way to the sea, and is bathed by the River Sar in the southwest and by the River Tambre in the north. Its territory is made up of 9 parishes and it has a population of 7,433 inhabitants (2013 Census).
It is 13 km from the capital of Galicia, with which it is linked by the C-543 road (daily bus service by Monbús and Ferrín) and the AG-56 dual carriageway (Santiago-Brión).
It enjoys a noticeably mild microclimate. Agriculture, followed by cattle breeding, are the local economy’s main activities. Today, it provides products for the city market, such as vegetables, dairy products and flowers.
Carballeira de Santa Minia
A beautiful setting where we find, in the shade of a hundred-year-old carballeira (oak grove), the chapel of Santa Minia, a bandstand, the fountains of Hermes or Mercury and Adam and Eve, and the modern Casa de Cultura and library, as an expression of architectural coexistence between tradition and modernity. This setting received the Europa Award for Conservation.
Torres de Altamira
The Altamira Towers are the most representative monument of Brión’s historic past, overlooking beautiful scenery. They are the remains of a castle that was built on a Celtic “castro” (settlement), around about the 9th century, and has been declared a Monument of Cultural Interest.
Church of Bastavales
The church of Bastavales –immortalised by Rosalía de Castro in one of the most popular poems of Galician literature- forms part of a monumental complex along with the chapel of El Carmen, stone crosses and fountains. This setting features one of the best panoramic views of Val da Amaía.
According to Jacobean tradition, Castro Lupario was where Queen Lupa lived when the Apostle James’ disciples brought his body to be buried in Galicia. Today we can see the remains of the walls. Declared a Monument of Cultural Interest.
Romería de Santa Minia
Romería de Santa Minia is Brión’s most important festival due to its popularity and number of visitors. Every September 26 and 27, thousands of pilgrims come to the chapel housing the martyr saint from different parts of Galicia, in order to participate in an event combining religious fervour and secular elements.