El Casco Histórico en 2 horas - PONTEVEDRA
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We find ourselves in the Plaza of Spain, opposite the town hall and begin our walk through the attractive old town area, which stands beyond the undoubted interest of monuments, for its harmonious stone whole, full of noble homes emblazoned , arcades and squares that have a strong urban vitality.

From this place, we will go to St. Mary A Maior, situated in one of the highest points of the city. It was built in the sixteenth century, paid for by the union of the skippers, whose district A Moureira settled at the foot of the south facade of the temple facade plateresca very successful bill. Looking for the noble character of the city we moved across the street Isabel II to the Plaza de O Teucer, the Greek city founder mythical, where we stop to contemplate several eighteenth-century baroque manor houses (Gago, Montenegro, the Count of San Roman and Pita). Following road and visiting places of Curros Enríquez and Méndez Núñez see traces of chivalry in many residences. It is interesting to stroll through these labyrinthine but evocative streets, esspecialmente beautiful in the evening hours, which is continuously open in cozy squares that in several cases keep the name of its traditional mercantile vocation, such as the Verdura, where it continues its sale, or of wood, very typical and popular character with good granitic stone houses, arcades, galleries and a stone cross in the center that make up one of the most famous postcards of the city.

Here is the Museum of Pontevedra, to be visited by the importance and variety of its collections. Nearby we have the Plaza de Ferrería takes its name from the forges that once existed in the arcades of the square. Formed by three places. It stands in the middle of the gardens of Castro Sampedro, the Fonte da Ferrería (XVI century), rebuilt in this place in 1930 after having been removed from the center of the square in the nineteenth century. Beside, we have the Convent of San Francisco, National Monument. Built during ss. XIII and XIV, in late Gothic style. Inside several medieval tombs, including striking in the area of ​​the cruise and to the left of the main chapel the tomb of Pai Gómez Charino, troubadour and Admiral retained. He was part of the old Monastery of San Francisco, recently repaired due to a fire occurred two years ago.

A 50 m. is the Church of A Peregrina, built from 1778 according to plans by Antonio de Souto with collaboration of Bernardo José de Mier. It combines typical formulas of the late Baroque and neoclassical suggestions. Its plan is inspired by a scallop, symbol par excellence of the pilgrims, in which a cross is inscribed. The eldest, neoclassical altarpiece was drawn in 1789 by Melchor de Prado, with variations carried out by his brother Manuel and Juan Pernas Gambino. Very curious is the basin of holy water, nothing less than a mollusk shell brought by Mendez Nunez Pacific. The main facade, the work of Anton Souto, is preceded by a simple atrium with staircase, perimetrado by balustrade with pinnacles. The cover houses atop the image of La Peregrina (s. XIX), patroness of the province of Pontevedra, in a niche. Highlight the stone fountain at the foot of the stairs of the main entrance.

We're back to Square A Ferreria, crossing diagonally, and following the street San Roman, cross the Plaza de la Verdura, and headed to the bridge of O Burgo, but rather by the way we visit the Plaza de A Pedreira, where stands the Baroque Mugartegui manor house, the headquarters delConsejo of the Designation of Origin Rias Baixas, and in one corner an old house forming an arch which indicates the output of the square, and the Grand Market, restored by the architect César Portela in 2003, continuing haca way O Burgo Bridge of Roman origin but replaced in s. XII by another with eleven arches, through which runs the St. James Portuguese Way in the beautiful chapel stands Santiaguiño.

Then we headed to the Parador Nacional de Turismo, built between the s. XVI and XVIII. Continuing up through the narrow streets, we reached the starting point, the Plaza of Spain A surround this iconic city buildings, including City Hall.

It also serves as the starting point of the Alameda, and a large pedestrian promenade. On one side of this square are the Gothic ruins of Santo Domingo. The Dominicans arrived in Pontevedra in the late twelfth century and began the construction of this Gothic church in the thirteenth century. In the eighteenth century they attempted a reconstruction of the neoclassical style, but remained unfinished, as it remained unfinished demolition of Gothic apse of the first church. the head of the church with five polygonal apses and a side wall with a small rosette cover and preserved. Archaeology section contains the Museum of Pontevedra and exhibition of Roman steles, Visigoth capitals, medieval tombs ...

To encaminarnos and at the end of the route continue along Avda. Da Raíña Victoria Eugeniay San Roque to the Plaza de Toros, near which we still have the good fortune to visit some of the traditional fishermen's houses in the neighborhood of A Moureira. This neighborhood is located on the banks of the river Lérez. The name comes from salmoira employed in the salting of sardines. It is made up of winding streets that hide many beautiful houses and skate, former residences of fishermen, alternating with other forms of earthly fishermen's houses as houses and homes with left over or between medians. Still retains the typical houses shaped turban topped that in the s. XV were called Outón.muy houses simple but full of local color and beauty, whitewashed and twofold. From here we return to the Alameda and the Plaza of Spain, beginning of our journey.


Plaza de España - PONTEVEDRA

Spain Square is chaired by the Municipal Pazo by architect Alejandro Sesmero would also leave its mark on other nearby buildings and street furniture .

We can observe the bustle and dynamism of this central point of the city from some of the nearby cafes .

Opposite the town hall the Monument to the Heroes of Pontesampaio the sculptor González Pola , which commemorates the victory over the French in the battle that gives it its name is located.

After admiring the ruins of San Domingos we can get closer to the Valle Institute , one of the few examples of modernist architecture in Pontevedra.

Passing the institute immediately find the Pazo of the council, majestic construction of the nineteenth century , by Domingo and Alejandro Sesmero . The ride ends at the headquarters of the Delegation of former Education School of Arts and Crafts opened in 1899 by Andrés Calvo.

Finally the Plaza de Spain has numerous green spaces. First the Alameda Architect Sesmero which occupies the former garden of the convent of San Domingos . Crossing the Gardens mall reach Dr. Marescot , small oasis that offers its comforting shade to the facade of the old building of the original Maestranza seventeenth century and underwent several changes over the centuries . Not far from this place Columbus Gardens and Gardens of Eduardo Vincenti crowning the pleasant walk polo green heart of the city are located.

Basílica de Santa María - PONTEVEDRA

The church of Santa María is, without any doubt, the best example of religious architecture in all the city. The Real Basílica de Santa María A Maior dates from the 16th century, and it was an initiative of the Mareantes society, inhabitants of A Moureira, an active sailor’s neighborhood. 
Declared artistic and historical monument in 1931, Santa María combines perfectly the late Gothic with the Renaissance. At this style belongs its principal facade (16th century), by Cornelis de Holanda and João Noble, considered one of the outstanding works of the plateresque style in Galicia, it has a curious image of Sano Xerome with glasses. On the inside, you can observe the Cristo del Desenclavo (16th century), the Cristo de los Marineros (18th century) and the cross vaults. -

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Plaza del Teucro - PONTEVEDRA

The square was created in the 18th century. According to legend, following the Trojan war, Teucer, the Greek archer and half brother of Ajax, travelled to the west and founded the city of Pontevedra. This myth was promoted by the elite in the Renaissance to give the town prestige. The square is made up of elegant aristocratic mansions, such as those of Gago and Montenegro (North), Pazo de San Román (South) and Pazo del Marqués de Aranda (East). This was one of the most noble squares in the city, and even today it retains many of the aristocratic homes that surrounded it in the 17th and 18th Centuries. In addition, this square is also a fine example of the rich heraldry of Pontevedra. The house known as Gago y Montenegro on northern side of the square is perhaps the outstanding example; not only is it the largest, it is an authentic gem of Galician Baroque from the 17th century. 

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Plaza de la Verdura - PONTEVEDRA

It is named for the street market held every morning ; it vegetables, nuts and fruits were sold. In the nineteenth century the factory of light was installed in the square , Pontevedra being one of the first Spanish cities to have this service.

The buildings surrounding the square stand out for its arcades with ancient local taverns . Also we found a source equal to that in the Plaza de Curros Enríquez

Plaza de la Leña - PONTEVEDRA

This square used to be used for selling wood, hence its name ("leña" is wood in Spanish). It is surrounded by houses that are typical of the old part of the city. A highlight is the location and buildings that comprise the Provincial Archaeological Museum. The outstanding feature of the square is the cross from the 16th century in its centre, which may have originally been located on the Burgo Bridge.

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Museo de Pontevedra

This museum, distributed over six different buildings, is one of the most important and interesting in Galicia. It has more than 16,000 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, etchings, archaeological objects, coins, musical instruments, everyday utensils, furniture and jewellery.
1- Castro Monteagudo Building (s. 18th): Archaeology, pre-Roman and Roman gold and silverware, popular and civil gold and silverware and Spanish, Italian and Flemish paintings from 15th to 18th centuries.
2- García Flórez Building (18th C.), adjoining the previous one, it contains jet, etchings, religious sculptures, Sargadelos ceramics, the office of Admiral Méndez Núñez and a reproduction of the chamber of the Numancia frigate.
3- Fernández López Building, in the same square as the previous ones, it is the museum’s administrative headquarters and research centre.
4- Sarmiento Building (18th C.) next to the church of San Bartolomeu, it is used for temporary exhibitions.
5- Ruins of the Convent of San Domingos (14th and 15th C.): Architectonic remains of varying origins.
6- Sixth building used for temporary exhibitions. The collections of Spanish paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries and Galician contemporary paintings will soon be part of the permanent exhibition in this building. 

Santiago de Compostela : 59 Km | Lugo : 148 Km | Ourense : 102 Km | Vigo : 34 Km | A Coruña : 121 Km | Ferrol : 154 Km |

“García Flórez” and “Castro Monteagudo” Buildings:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 21:00.
Sunday and public holidays: 11:00 to 14:00.
Closed on Monday
Sarmiento” and “Sexto” Buildings:
Tuesday to Friday: 17:00 to 21:00.
Saturday: 11:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 21:00.
Sunday and public holidays: 11:00 to 14:00.
Closed on Monday.

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Plaza - Soportales da Ferrería - PONTEVEDRA

The Praza da Ferrería takes its name from the old forges that used to exist in the square´s arcades. It is made up of three squares. Most notably is the Fonte da Ferrería (16th century) in the middle of the Castro Sanpedro gardens, which was rebuilt on this site in 1930 after being removed from the centre of the square in the 19th century. 

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Convento de San Francisco - PONTEVEDRA

A great part of this building was built in the 14th  century. It is a Franciscan conventual church that represents a masterpiece of the Mendicant order. This order arrived to the city in its first splendor period. The church was declared historical and artistic monument in 1896.
On the inside, it is remarkable the grave of Paio Gómez Chariño, situated in the crossing, at the left of the high altar. Paio Gómez Chariño was a troubadour and admiral. Here you will also find the graves of two noble married couples, presumedly from the late 13th or the early 14th century. It is also outstanding the image of the Nazareno (from the 19th century) and the mural painting from the 16th and 18th centuries, situated on the left part.

Capilla de la Peregrina - PONTEVEDRA

Built from 1778, this is one of the most relevant and symbolic buildings of the city. It is a piece made by the portuguese architect Antonio Souto, and it constitutes the sanctuary of the patron saint of Pontevedra. The work was paid by the brotherhood Cofradía de Nuestra Señora del Refugio y Divina Peregrina.

The floor is almost round, with the shape of a scallop shell, and it ends in a cross marked in the top and in the vestry. The convex Baroque facade has Neoclassical details from the 18th century, and it is framed by two towers. In the top part there are images of Santiago, San Roque, and the Peregrina, all of them dressed as pilgrims, protectors of the  faithful who travelled to Santiago through the Portuguese route. This decorated fachade is preceded by an atrium with stairs, surrounded by a balustrade with pinnacles. It is also remarkable the fountain situated at the foot of the stairs. 

Inside the temple, there is a great altarpiece designed by Melchor de Prado in the early 19th century. The interior was completely redesigned in 2008. It can be visited in the worship hours. - 

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Pazo de Mugartegui - PONTEVEDRA

It is located in the plaza of La Pedreira , named for the activities of a stone carving developed here stonemasons city .

-XVIII Built in the seventeenth century , it is a beautiful example of urban architecture of the baroque.

Now restored as an exhibition , lectures and concerts, the Pazo de Mugartegui has a facade where the shields of the families Figueroa Araujo , Miranda and Quiros are and , crowning the building , a magnificent example of sundial. It houses also the Wine Regulatory Board Designation of Origin Rias Baixas. -

Mercado de Abastos - PONTEVEDRA

The market of Pontevedra is situated on the banks of the Lerez river, it is an important revitalizing agent for the area, and a great number of commercial activities are developed here.
After 50 years working, in 2003 some alterations were made in the market by arquitect Cesar Portela. A subterranean car park with 2 floors was made under the building, and the market was reconstructed preserving the old facades and the interior staircase of stone.
The building is remarkable for its historic value, and for offering food of an excellent quality. The fish, flowers, and meat stalls are situated on the ground floor. The vegetables, fruits, meat, and cheese stalls are situated on the first floor. - See more at: http://www.visit-pontevedra.com/ing/8/8/discovers+pontevedra-monuments+museums+parks+trails+and+nearby.html#divDatosRecurso

Puente del Burgo - PONTEVEDRA

The symbol of the city and a deeply embedded myth is that the city was founded by Teucer, the Greek archer, following the Trojan war when he travelled to the west to found the town. Nevertheless, the Burgo bridge over the Lerez river was built by the Romans, who also established the Turoqua mansion on road XIX. As a result, the road and the bridge are the origins of the foundation of the city. The city is first mentioned under its current name during the 12th century, during the reign of Fernando II. The bridge consists of eleven low semicircular arches constructed from mediaeval masonry. It has been heavily modified by subsequent expansion.

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Parador de Pontevedra

The Parador stands in the historic center of the city and occupies a Renaissance manor of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries , which was the former residence of the Counts of Maceda , highlighting its neoclassical façade and a beautiful staircase. Distinguished , stately and illustrious are three adjectives which define an interior where fine details abound , antiques and regal furnishings , and also has relaxing views over the garden.

It highlights the carved stone staircase that accesses the cozy rooms and accentuates the stateliness and nobility own building . The Parador has an excellent restaurant, with brightly furnished in keeping with the rest of the rooms . In it you can taste the excellence of Galician cuisine .

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  • Circular route Yes
  • refreshment points along the route Yes
  • Rest areas on the way Yes