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"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. 

  • The Basilica of Santa María A Maior

    The Basilica of Santa María A Maior

    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.

  • Convent of Santa Clara

    Convent of Santa Clara

    Sixteenth century church with a polygonal apse. Exuberant Baroque altars.

  • Church of San Bartolomeu

    Church of San Bartolomeu

    Baroque seventeenth-century church, which formerly belonged to the Order of the Jesuits. Contains a sculpture of Mary Magdalene by Gregorio Fernández.

  • Church of San Francisco.

    Church of San Francisco.

    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.

  • Pontevedra Museum

    Pontevedra Museum

    The main museum is housed in two urban mansions from the eighteenth century. Founded in 1927, it is a fundamental reference amongst Galician museums.

  • Parador


    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.

  • Mugartegui mansion

    Mugartegui mansion

    In the Pedreira Square. Dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it is a typical example of Baroque Galician urban architecture. Today it houses the Regulatory Authority of the "Rías Baixas" Protected Geographical Variety.

  • Ruins of Santo Domingo

    Ruins of Santo Domingo

    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.

  • Sanctuary of A Virxe da Peregrina.

    Sanctuary of A Virxe da Peregrina.

    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.

Do not miss..


  • Illa das Esculturas

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.

Ría e Terras de Pontevedra


Ría e Terras de Pontevedra

The lands of the Pontevedra estuary are marked by their seafaring tradition...


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