This blog has been designed to provide information about the activities held at the social studies bilingual sections in CPI Tino Grandío (Guntín,Spain). The English language and Social Studies teachers have elaborated most of the resources you can see but our "auxiliares de conversa" also have their own page and posts. Therefore everyone is invited to have a look .

Guntín (our village)

Location and general data
Guntín de Pallares is a municipality situated 18 km to the southwest of the Roman city of Lugo on the N-540 road to Santiago de Compostela and Ourense.

It has a population of over 3,000 people distributed in 32 rural parishes where the main occupation is farming.

It has an area of 156 km² and an altitude which ranges from 540 to 580 m above sea level approximately. The highest mountain is Monte de Meda, or Picato and the most important river is Miño and some of its tributaries such as river Ferreira.

The weather is Atlantic, warm in the summer months and cold in winter nights, but seldom freezing. It is humid and rainy and often foggy, particularly in valleys.

Activities and Sports
In the council of Guntín there are three football pitches, in Pradeda, Grolos and Guntín. Thus, there are football matches every weekend.

There are also three outdoor swimming pools, which are open in the summer months.

If you like hunting, there are many game reserves in the hills of Guntín, run by the hunting associations.

Besides, you can go fishing for trout in the river Miño, river Ferreira and their tributaries.

Important dates to remember
o    Every month on the 23rd there is a traditional market in Grolos.  There are lots of stalls, and polbo á feira, or octopus, can be eaten.
o    The Mougán peppers festival is on the last Sunday of August.
o   The feast in honour of San Salvador in Guntín lasts several days at the beginning of July. There are usually concerts by the local band. At night you can watch and listen to groups and have a drink.
o   On the 15th of August many of the villages have their festivities in honour of the the Virgin.
Traditional baskets
Traditional music
Lathe operator

Making bobbin lace

o     The old Pilgrims’ way to Santiago de Compostela goes through San Román, Santa Cruz, Sirvián, Entrambasaugas, Sear, Pereiro, Eirexe, Penela… to the village of Guntín.
o      There’s an interesting route from the village of Guntín to the castle in A Mota, along river Ferreira.
o       There’s a short path from the swimming pools in Guntín to the Ponte Cabalar.

Places to see
Monasterial church of Santa María de Ferreira
This Romanic church is located in the village of Santa María de Ferreira. It was built in the 10th century. This church is bigger than most churches in the area. The most important part are the remains of the Renaissance cloister.  It also has a tall Neoclassical tower.

The Cabalar bridge
The Cabalar bridge over river Ferreira is on the Roman road from Braccara (Braga) to Lucus Augusti (Lugo). It was very important to maintain the development of this part of the Empire. It was made of slate stone and has four Roman archs.

A Mota castle
This castle is can be seen in A Mota. It was built in the Middle Ages. There were a lot of fantastic religious legends about it and it is inhabited at present.

The Church of Santa Cruz
This Romanic church is situated in Santa Cruz, near the way to Santiago de Compostela. The most interesting  element is the front door, its walls and the window  in the chancel.

The Church of Entrambasaugas
This church was built in two different styles: Romanic and Neoclassical. The most important Romanic elements are the doors. The second Neoclassical period started in 1764, when the chancel was built. This church has a painting on its side walls where you can see Santiago matamoros (=St James the Moor killer) in a battle and the burial of Christ.
Tino Grandío's house
The painter Constantino Grandío López, known as Tino Grandío, was born in this house in Lousada in 1925. He was a master in the use of grey. He painted both landscapes and dogs, flowers and people. Our school has been named after him.

The Roman miliarium in San Roman
This miliarium (a copy of the original one, kept in the Museo Diocesano in Astorga) is in the parish of San Román da Retorta, near the Pilgrims’s way to Santiago de Compostela. Miliariums used to mark the distance between  populations on the XIXth Roman Way. 

If you want to know more about our village you can download this leaflet that some students from CPI Tino Grandío wrote in 2005 or go to our Concello's website (in Galician/Spanish) or Wikipedia.