Know Before You Go
The former Jewish Quarter is in the area spanning the Praza Maior and Praza da Madalena. An ethnological museum and a few renamed streets pay homage to this town’s Jewish past. In addition, A Tafona da Herminia, or Herminia’s Bakery, is dedicated to making typical Jewish baked goods from old family recipes, some of which use special ingredients shipped in all the way from Israel. Every year during the Festa da Istoria, a sort of Renaissance fair celebrating the town's rich history, fair-goers revel in the merriment of a reenactment of a medieval Jewish wedding, among other activities and performances. Some form of this festival has been celebrated on the last weekend of August since 1693. The original location of the town’s synagogue is unknown today. After the Inquisition, it was either sold and repurposed or destroyed.
Not far from Ribadavia are the nearby hot springs in Prexigueiro and Cortegada, highly prized for their therapeutic water full of minerals. Ribeiro wines can be enjoyed and tasted in Ribadavia, especially during the annual Wine Festival in early May. Ribeiro is a Denomination of Origin covering the area around the confluence of the Miño River and the Avia River.