"Pontevedra gives water to travellers" is a Galician proverb that perfectly expresses the essence of this city: its hospitality.
This welcoming tradition is reflected in the Pilgrim Virgin, emblem of The Portuguese way to Santiago and patron saint of the city. To honour her, a unique church was built, which has become a national monument, and whose floor is in the shape of a scallop shell!
In Pontevedra everything is just a step away and there is so much to see…Genuine treasures, such as the collection of gold and silver pieces in the Museum of Pontevedra, unique in Europe, with magnificent jewellery dating back 4,000 years. And other jewels, the Church of Santa María, Ruins of Santo Domingo and the Church of San Bartolomé.
But there is more still. Parks, tree-lined avenues, walks by the river in the middle of the city and a historic centre that, after that of Santiago, is Galicia's most important. Inhabited stone houses with coats of arms on their façades, fountains and gardens, squares that are full of life and pavement cafés with a lively atmosphere that lasts until the early hours.
This is the life. No one sleeps in Pontevedra.
Sixteenth century church with its main façade in ornate 'Plateresque' style, with a curious figure of San Xerónimo wearing spectacles. Includes an apse in 'Isabeline' style. Declared a national monument.
Begin in the thirteenth century, although most of the church dates from the fourteenth century. Includes interesting mediaeval tombs and murals from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Declared a National Monument.
State-run hotel in a building constructed between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Also known as the Casa do Barón de Casa Goda or Pazo de Maceda. Features a neoclassic portal and beautiful staircase.
Church built in the late thirteenth century. The fourteenth-century chancel of the church still stands, which contains part of the tombstone section of Pontevedra Museum. Declared a National Monument.
Late Baroque church, built in 1778. Includes neoclassic altars and a layout in the shape of a scallop shell, an allusion to the city's location on the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela. Curved façade. Declared a National Monument. Patron saint of the city.
Visitors to Pontevedra should not leave without walking along the banks of the River Lérez, recently recuperated for leisure use by city dwellers, offering walkers a highly evocative experience, with quiet stretches that have an almost dreamlike quality.
The northern bank has the best areas for a peaceful stroll, including the Illa das Esculturas, offering walks that combine nature and culture. This sevenhectare island contains a varied list of works by renowned Galician and foreign sculptors, set in a natural space of great ecological value.
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