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Vila de A Guarda

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On the Camino de Santiago

A Guarda - Pontevedra

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The spirit of A Guarda is intimately linked to the sea. Fishing has always been one of the main sources of income for its inhabitants. Therefore, it is a good idea to start by visiting the port, Galicia's southernmost one. At its most lively time, when the boats return and the fish is auctioned, the port becomes the village's centre of activity. Boxes of fish are moved back and forth in all directions, ready to be sent to the markets, and the auctioneers reel off their prices at vertiginous speed. As a tribute to the men of the sea, A Guarda has erected a Monument to the Fisherman.
Its links with the sea guarantee that in A Guarda one finds an excellent gastronomy, in which the catches that arrive at its port are put to good use. Though lobsters are, possibly, the star product, one cannot ignore others such as hake, swordfish, sea- bass, etc. To these, one must add freshwater species, such as eels, lamprey or salmon. The most popular desserts are the "mirabeles", made of fruit and syrup, and the "roscón de yema", a ring-shaped egg pastry.
Once we have replenished our energy, we continue our walk and visit the San Benito Convent, which is currently used as a hotel. Its church contains some interesting Baroque altarpieces as well as the tomb of Álvaro Ozores y Soutomaior, who founded the convent in 1588.
The Santa María de la Asunción Church was built in 1576 over the remains of another much earlier construction, thought to date back to around the 10th century. Some remains of the original Pre-Romanesque temple (capitals and stones) are still preserved today. The present construction is of Baroque style, which can clearly be seen in its façade. Its design is rectangular and it has a side tower with a balcony. The interior chapels contain various decorative elements and coats of arms, as well as the remains of altarpieces attributed to Portuguese artists.
The A Guarda Town Hall is an interesting cubic-shaped building. In the stones with which it was built the coats of arms of noble families, such as the Correo or the Ozores, can be distinguished.

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