It is located to the northwest of the province of Lugo and forms part of the region of Ulloa, a fertile valley that crosses the river Ulla. With its forty-three parishes it is one of the most numerous municipalities in them. Although in Palas de Rei are witnesses of prehistoric settlements the numerous archaeological remains that are conserved, mámoas, dolmens and castro, as well as of the Roman period, the bridge of Ferreira or the votive altar of Curbián, because for here passed the Via Lucus Augusti, It was in the Middle Ages, thanks in part to the Way of Saint James, that the town experienced a period of prosperity and its history was linked to the Jacobean route. Alfonso IX notably favoured the town to such an extent that its name is linked to Pallatium Regis, " Palace of Rei ". The Second Carlist War also had its protagonism in Palas de Rei, when a Revolutionary Junta was constituted in 1846. Nowadays Palas de Rei has been declared municipality of tourist interest.
In the council of Palas de Rei important civil and religious monuments are mixed with an environment of true valuel landscape and natural . But in the town of Palas de Rei, only the 12th century Romanesque façade of the modern parish church of San Tirso recalls the past. The rise of the Way of Saint James in the area left numerous examples of religious art in Romanesque style among which stands out and well worth a visit the church of San Salvador, Vilar de Donas, which belonged to an old monastery, dating from the twelfth century, and is a historical-artistic site. Pazos such as Rouco from the 16th century, or Mariñao from the 18th century, or the castle of Pambre built by Gonzalo Ozores de Ulloa back in the year 1375, are true jewels that show the great rootedness that the nobility had for the place. For the lovers of the nature the surroundings of Palas de Rei gives them with beautiful walks like the route of the torrents and rapids of Mácara that in its journey it leaves the river Ulla. The visitor cannot say goodbye to Palas without enjoying its rich cheeses, as he is in their land.
In Palas de Rei, San Tirso is celebrated on January 28th, San Cristóbal is honored on the first Sunday in July and Eccehomo is in mid-September.
Palas de Rei shares with the municipalities of Monterroso and Antas de Ulloa the traditional Festival of the cheese of Arzua-Ulloa that every year is celebrated in a locality of the region. In addition to extolling the benefits of this typical product, other traditional cultural events are held.
In Palas de Rei A Gran Festa da Xuventude do Camiño is held at the beginning of summer, in which concerts, dinners and other activities share the limelight with the Jacobean route. The French Way says goodbye to Palas de Rei in Campo dos Romeiros, which was the place where pilgrims met and organized to travel at par the last stretch to Santiago.
Oral history tells that in Palas de Rei, Visigothic kingdom, had its palace King Witiza, who reigned between 702 and 710, and that here killed Favila, Duke of Galicia, father of Don Pelayo, and that the municipality took its name from this palace of King "Pallatium Regis".
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Palas de Rei can be reached by the N-547 road, which connects it to the west with the neighbouring towns of Melide and Arzua, reaching Santiago de Compostela, and to the east it reaches Gutín, where it connects with the N-540 that joins Lugo and Orense. Nowadays we can also follow from Lugo the A-54 motorway, whose section Lugo-Palas de Rei is already finished. Palas de Rei is also reached by different roads that connect it with the rest of the localities of the council.
Palas de Rei has bus services from different companies that communicate with Santiago, Lugo, Orense, A Coruña and Bilbao. The bus stop is next to the town hall.
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