Castro de Lobosandaus

Castro de Lobosandaus

Monumental fortified village from the Iron Age located between the municipalities of Bande and Lobeira. It is located on a spur 830 meters above sea level open to the southeast, dominating the middle course of the Lima River.

The entire complex is surrounded by a large defensive system, excavated in the rock and more visible in the western sector, which was discovered by several archaeological excavations in the 1980s. Before that, some academics recognized a place called by the people of “Coroa de Santa Cristina “.

Today, several elliptical and angular circular constructions of three to four meters in diameter are still visible, between which a jamb decorated with trisceles and rosettes appeared. Among the most relevant finds to date are two antennae daggers, mallets, coins from Roman times and abundant ceramic remains.


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Legends / Linked Stories

In literature “from the border”, Lobosandaus appears in the novel by X. L. M. Ferrín, within a series of tales about the Raia Seca (“Arraianos”) between Galicia and Portugal, with so many stories and myths suspended in time.



Information of interest

Lobeira City Council designed a circular route that connects this fort to the top of Vilela and Penedo do Mouro. It is recommended to request information before starting the tour by calling 0034 988 443 001.

More information is available:

– On the website of the Gerês – Xurés Transfrontier Biosphere Reserve (RBTGX): https://www.reservabiosferageresxures.eu/en

– On the Portas do Xurés website (Rede of Portas da Parte Galega da RBTGX): http://portasxures.es/index.php/gl/



Méndez Ferrín, X.L. (2014) Arraianos. Ed. Xerais.

Vázquez Mato, Martiño Xosé: Estudo morfolóxico da escolma cerámica recuperada na “Coroa de Santa Cristiña” ou “Castro de Lobosandaus” (Bande-Lobeira, Ourense). Artigo na revista nº5 “Larouco. Revista anual da antigüidade galaica”.


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