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On the Way of St. James


Pontedeume - A Coruña

43º 24' 21.0" N - 8º 10' 06.2" W

The Ways of St. James

The English Camino

To know

Parish Church of Santiago: built in the eighteenth century over a previously existing church from the sixteenth century on the orders of the Archbishop of Santiago, Bartolomé Raxoi e Losada, who was born in the town. The interior includes the sixteenth-century tomb of Fernando de Andrade, from the same time when the main altar was built. The Archbishop also ordered the construction of the Raxoi Palace in the town, more modest than its counterpart in Compostela, but of greater artistic merit. These monuments are located in the higher part of the town, from which a series of lanes descend to the Praza do Conde square, which contains the pazo or mansion of the Count and the Castle of the Andrade Family, of which today only the Torre dos Andrade remains, a beautiful tower of Gothic origin.

Convent of Santo Agostiño: situated at the other end of the town, it was founded in the sixteenth century by Fernando de Andrade. After the repossession of church lands in 1835 it ceased to belong to the church, and today is the home of the ?House of Culture?.

Church of As Virtudes or O Souto: situated at the end of the Alameda park. Built over a previous seventeenth-century church, it has an austere façade but contains an altarpiece in exuberant ?Churrigueresco? style.

Other buildings of interest are the Cátedra da Latinidade, the legacy of a studies professorship founded in the sixteenth century, a restrained, elegant building. The Edificio das Lonxas (Fish Market) is neo-Classic in style, with a markedly horizontal design, and the Edificio do Mercado (Market Building), constructed in colonial style in 1944.

Bridge over the River Eume : The town takes its name from the stone bridge, which for many years was the longest in Spain, spanning some 850 metres. Its origins date back to the fourteenth century, although the current version was completed in the nineteenth century. At the entrance to the bridge are a boar and bear, emblems of the House of Andrade.

Do not miss

The feirón, an attractive weekly market held every Saturday where it is possible to buy nearly everything, although the emphasis is on small stands selling local foodstuffs, and it is the ideal location to buy the local specialities known as costradas (pies made using puff pastry), or local pastries such as the proia mantecada (a flat, sweet butter cake), fritters, almond cakes or sponge cakes.

The Festa das Peras (Pear Festival) is held on the first Sunday in September in honour of the Virgin of As Virtudes and San Nicolás de Tolentino, where it is possible to enjoy the fruit prepared in a multitude of different ways. The festival is accompanied by the sound of bagpipes and drums, as well as sporting events that include climbing a greased pole over the water, fireworks and a large barbeque.

Singular village

Pontedeume serves as the gateway to the Fragas do Eume Natural Park, one of the last Atlantic forests remaining in Europe, whose origins lie in the Tertiary Age, with a dense covering of oaks, chestnut, laurel, strawberry trees and firs. It is also the home to an extensive range of fauna. The Romanesque-Baroque Monastery of Caaveiro in the heart of the forest offers excellent views over the area, giving visitors an idea of its grandiose nature.

The park area and the vicinity of Pontedeume play host to the pioneering project known as the Eume Cantina Network, with a series of typical restaurants offering local and regional dishes based on the strictest quality criteria, to the delight of visitors to the area.

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Last update: 04/05/2015