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On the Way of St. James


Vilagarcía de Arousa - Pontevedra

42º 35' 37.9" N - 8º 45' 56.4" W

The Ways of St. James

The Route of the Sea of Arousa and River Ulla

Do not miss

Festas Patronais de San Roque, a festival held in honour of the town?s patron saint on 16 August, with a wide range of events including flower battles, naval battles, outdoor dances, sports, religious celebrations and the curious Water Festival that attracts large numbers of young people who after following the procession of the saint to its hermitage, are then showered with thousands of litres of water from the balconies of the houses along the way. Declared as a Festival of Tourist Interest.

To know

The mansion and convent of Vista Alegre, situated to the south of the small River Cea or Con. The pazo or mansion is composed of a long, stylised building flanked by towers with battlements and a curious cylindrical chimney, as well as a superb Baroque coat of arms jutting out from the façade. Its origins date back to the sixteenth century, although it underwent reforms in the seventeenth century. A covered walkway, over the road, communicates it with the church and convent of the Agostiñas Recolectas de Vista Alegre, a seventeenth century building with a façade bearing the coats of arms of the family of its founder, the Archbishop Fernando de Andrade.

The town centre includes the church of Santa Baia de Arealonga, a Baroque construction from the seventeenth century, designed by the architect Pedro Monteagudo. Next to the church is the start of the attractive Castelao Street, part of the extension made to the town in the early twentieth century, with fine examples of buildings in eclectic and modernist style, including the Fantasio Cinema, an example of Art Deco.

Also recommended is a stroll along the seafront promenade around the town?s beaches of Compostela and A Concha, awarded a blue flag, which communicates Vilagarcía with the fishing village of Carril. Nearby there is also a famous marina, which also has a blue flag.

Singular village

A visit to Vilagarcía is not complete without exploring the lookout point of Monte Lobeira, situated 290 metres above sea level to the south of the town. From here it is possible to see the whole town and enjoy spectacular views over the Estuary of Arousa, the Isle of Ons, the isthmus of O Grove, and even the Barbanza Mountain Range and the Salnés Vally, when weather conditions permit. Next to the lookout point is a monument dedicated to those who die at sea, and a plaque from the British Admiralty in memory of the sailors who died as a result of the shipwreck of the training vessel, ?Serpent?.

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Last update: 04/05/2015