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Verín is a Spanish town of about 7,000 inhabitants located in the province of Ourense, Autonomous Community of Galicia, 80 kilometers east of the provincial capital of Ourense. It is 22 kilometers north of the Portuguese city of Chaves. The Tâmega River flows through the town. Map of Ourense Ourense ( Castilian, Ourense) is a province of northwestern Spain, in the southeastern part of the autonomous community of Galicia. ... Motto: Capital Santiago de Compostela Official languages Galician and Castilian Area  – Total  – % of Spain Ranked 7th  29 574 km²  5,8% Population  – Total (2003)  – % of Spain  – Density Ranked 5th  2 737 370  6,5%  92,36/km² Demonym  – English  – Galician  – Spanish  – Portuguese  Galician  galego  gallego  galego Statute of Autonomy April... Ourense (Galician official name Ourense; Spanish traditional name Orense) is a town in northwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Ourense in Galicia. ... (Photo taken by J.B.Cesar and kindly conceded to the author of this article) Chaves, Portugal, is the second most populous city in the district of Vila Real, after the district capital of the same name. ...

The town is linked with Madrid and Ourense by the four-lane Autovia das Rias Baixas and by the N525. The main railway line linking Ourense to Madrid passes through mountains north of the town, but the nearest station is at la Gudiña, 31 km. to the east.

Verín is a town of services with declining agricultural activity. There is a denominated region of wine—Monterrey—located in the surrounding area. There are also two mineral-water bottling plants in the town: Cabreiroá and Sousas.

Carnival here is one of the most original in Spain with masked figures running through the streets brandishing whips and making an interesting sound caused by cowbells tied to their waists (See zanpantzar for a similar tradition in the Pyrenees). Everything has a medieval air, with little influence from the Brazilian-style carnival, which has become popular in other Spanish and Portuguese cities. Swabian-Alemannic carnival clowns in Wolfach, Germany A carnival parade is a public celebration, combining some elements of a circus and public street party, generally during the Carnival Season. ... A whip is a cord or strap, usually with a stiff handle, used for delivering blows to human beings or animals as a means of control or punishment or torture. ... The cowbell is a percussion instrument. ... Central Pyrenees The Pyrenees (French: Pyrénées; Spanish: Pirineos; Occitan: Pirenèus or Pirenèas; Catalan Pirineus; Aragonese: Perinés; Basque: Pirinioak) are a range of mountains in southwest Europe that form a natural border between France and Spain. ... Samba School Parade The Brazilian Carnival is an annual feast, or eating a large amount of food, celebrated forty days before the Easter (marking the start of a religious period, the Lent), in Brazil. ...

Verín has one major tourist sight, which is Monterrey Castle, a huge complex looming over the rather non-descript urban area. To reach the castle you drive about two kilometers in the direction of Ourense on the old highway, turning off on the right to climb two kilometers, passing a winery on the left. There is a parador next to the castle. The Alcázar of Segovia, Spain A castle (from the Latin castellum, diminutive of castra, a military camp, in turn the plural of castrum or watchpost), is a fort, a camp and the logical development of a fortified enclosure. ...

Monterrey Castle played an important role throughout the Portuguese-Spanish wars, having been strategically built on the frontier for the purpose. It was more than a castle since included within the perimeter were a monastery, a hospital and a small town which was abandoned in the 19th century. The castle itself is more impressive from afar than at closer look, but the view from the heights is worth the drive up. At night it is lit up and you can see it for miles on clear nights, even from the hills of Chaves in neighboring Portugal.

External links

  • Carnival in Verín (http://www.galeon.com/carnaval_ourense/pro6.htm)
  • Verín (http://www.arrakis.es/~folgoso/)
  • Sights in Verín (http://www.portcult.com/14.SIGHTS19_VERIN.htm)
  • Concelhos de Galicia (http://www.crtvg.es/concellos/entrada.asp?identificador=3002)
  • Pueblos de Galicia: Verín (http://www.inorde.com/patronato/pueblos/verin_g.htm)



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