On the Pilgrim's Way
, half-way between Los Arcos and Viana, stands Torres del Río. Part of it is high on a hill and the other part in a deep trough.
It is a delightful village with steep and narrow streets containing large Baroque houses with decorative coats of arms. These are protected from on high by the church of San Andrés
, a Gothic Renaissance building constructed over an earlier church.
At the bottom of the village, hidden between the tightly-packed houses, is a Romanesque jewel
of the 12th century: the church of the Holy Sepulchre
. Its octagonal layout evokes that of the basilica in Jerusalem, and it has always been closely linked to the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago. It contains a singular starred dome of Arabic origin.
The festivities of Torres del Río take place in mid-September.