Lucía Laín

The Memory
of Rivers

This interactive and speaking book proposes a journey in time. The overarching theme is the course of the river Minho, a noble, serene, melancholy, proud, international river ... Along the length and breadth of its span of over 300 km to its mouth, voices from yesterday and today find themselves in the reflection of its waters.

A natural cycle in constant movement. That is the life of a river. The enormous quartzites of Pedregal de Irimia stand guard over its first pulsing beats. Spring water, rain and its tributaries define its trajectory. Three Galician provinces and an international border await. This is the Minho, in some regions humble and silent, in others, savage and roaring. Read more

The Minho hugs the city of Lugo to the west, before dropping down southwards. We take a break on our journey to contemplate the view from the top of the city walls. A Roman bridge spans the river. At our feet we seem to hear murmurs from another age. It is the legacy of Hispania Romana. The constant gurgling of thermal waters heightens the sensation. Read more


Club Fluvial

Lugo, 1950ca


As it rolls through Ribeira Sacra, the lights and shadows become more intense. The steep slopes reveal enchanting views. The stillness, in tune with the birdsong, make this place a holy one, where the Romanesque perdures, and modernisation is tempered by the outlines of the landscape. Read more

Miguel Muñiz



The Sil arrives, peacefully and solemnly, before dying in the Peares. It has a total of 234 km behind it. The lands of León are to come and before merging with the Minho it has ploughed through a spectacular canyon. To quote Unamuno, it seems like the entrance to the heart of Galicia. Together, Minho and Sil, from now on just the Minho, begin their new journey towards the city of Ourense. Read more

Marqués de Santa María del Villar

Fishermen at the river Minho

Os Peares, 1915

Museo Arxeológico de Ourense

The bridges crossing the Minho in the city of Ourense show the signs of the passage of time. Ponte Vella is the first to receive the traveller. Next is Ponte Nova and two more until you reach, at the dawn of the 21st Century, the Puente del Milenio. However, the morning fog feels eternal. Read more

Nicolás Muller

As Burgas. Washing clothes in a thermal spring

Ourense, 1947-1958

Archivo Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid
Fondo Nicolás Muller

Following the course of the river we come into Ribeiro district. Both riverbanks are equally beautiful. We pause for a moment in the district capital Ribadavia, that introduces us into the steps of history, as though in a fairy tale. A cross-cultural city and the anteroom to a land of vines, thermal spas and peace. Read more

Foto Chao

Ribadavia, 1920-1930

Museo Etnolóxico de Ribadavia

Nearly 76 km of harmonious co-existence across the borders define the river’s last stretch. Centuries and kilometres of Raia culture and friendship. We call it the river Miño or the Minho depending on where we look, the natural border between Galicia and Portugal. We propose a journey back in time in the pages of this dynamic album, where poetry and photography are our main allies. Read more

Conde de Lemos

Fortifications. Area maps


AGS. Estado, Legajos, 00161, 79

Testimony from inhabitants of both riverbanks lets us enter their memories. The photographs they take with them sleep in cupboards or on a wall in their homes. They are memories of times of fishing, of tradition and festive processions. Read more

Sculpture by Zadok Ben David [2020]

Vila Nova de Cerveira, 2023

A panoramic view from the top of Mount Santa Tegra illustrates the end of our story. A century has passed since the picture was taken. The rive progresses along the estuary before finding its rest in the Atlantic. Far away we see a beach opening to the sea. Read more

The mouth of the Minho
seen from St. Tegra mount

A Guarda. Pontevedra, c. 1925

Col. Roisin/IEFC