The Roman ruins of Aquis Querquennis are in Bande, about 50km from Ourense (Galicia-Spain).
The place is known as A Cidá and was an important Roman base camp, whose existence dates back to the 1st century.
On-site there is a lake, as well as river beaches that the visitor can enjoy in the summer.
Keep in mind that some areas (like the spa) are submerged by the water from time to time.
There are free car parks on the river beach of Porto Quintela, as well as in the Interpretation Centre. Also next to the river beach is a picnic area for family picnics.
On the other hand, if you travel by motorhome, the Porto Quintela motorhome park is just a few meters away.
What to see in Aquis Querquennis
The complex extends over a vast area, and due to lack of knowledge, some visitors only visit part of the camp.
Therefore, we suggest that you start with the Interpretation Center – Aquis Querquennis Centro de Interpretación Aquae Querquennae. If you are interested in knowing the history of the region, call ahead to schedule your visit: 988 44 30 01/615 582 991.
You will have an area free of charge and another more complete area that costs 1€. It is a low price considering all you can learn about Roman times.
This visit also helps you to identify the ruins when you are on the ground.
After the center, you can follow the signposted route from the camp.
Several places of interest are identified, such as the Centurion’s house, the baths, and the military camp. All this with the beautiful lake as a backdrop!
Remember that the spa region (Caldas Romanas de Bande) is located a little further away and is a beautiful place, so don’t forget to walk there.
If you prefer, you can pick up your cell phone and take a guided tour with the help of QR codes that are next to the main places.
Things to do near Aquis Querquennis
Depending on how long you are planning to stay in the region, it may be interesting to include other tourist attractions in your itinerary.
The visit to the ruins only takes a few hours, but if you are thinking of enjoying the river beach, you can spend a whole day there.
So, on the Spanish side, you can take a detour to Caldaria de Lobios (20 km) to take a free dip in the thermal waters.
Alternatively, take a trip back in time to Aldeia Submersa de Aceredo (18 km) and Escusalla, a few km further on towards the border with Portugal, or pass by the Castelo de Lindoso (26 km) or take a look at the granaries from Soajo.
In terms of accommodation, consider looking for a hotel in Ourense if you are thinking of visiting several places, as the accommodation offer is more diverse.
How to get to Aquis Querquennis Spain
Leaving the city of Porto (Portugal), expect a journey of about 150 km, that is, it takes about two hours to reach the Roman ruins.
But if you are in Ourense, the journey is approximately 50 km, which means you have to drive 40 minutes.
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