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Pontevedra Things to Do

  • Peregrina Church

    Rounded Baroque pilgrim church was erected in 1778. Its circular ground plan imitates the form of a scallop.The church is on the route of pilgrim walk to Compostella.

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  • San Francisco Church.

    San Francisco Church.The church of Saint Francis was founded by the Grey Friars or Friars Minor who became better known as the Franciscan monks or members of the Mendicant Order of Saint Francis of Assisi. Church itself was built in XIII century but it received today’s appearance after the reconstructions conducted between the XIV-th and XV-th...

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  • Museum of Pontevedra

    That wonderful museum situated in six different buildings including the ruins of Convento de Santo Domingo. You can see there the golden treasury of Pre-Roman Ibero-Celtic culture, early renaissance art, Romanesque and Gothic sculptures and even the real saloon of the XIX century ship. Museum has the biggest collection of the Alfonso R. Castelao...

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  • Heroes of Ponte Sampaio Monument.

    That military monument dedicated to Colonel Pablo Morillo, his soldiers of regular Royal Spanish Army and men of Galician Militia who took part in the battle of Ponte Sampaio on June 7-9, 1809. Battle of Ponte Sampaio took place during the Peninsular War of 1808-1813 (for Spaniards it was the War of Independence). In fact it was the skirmish...

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  • Military Monument, Pontevedra.

    This typical Spanish military monument dedicated to all fallen for the faith and Spain. This expressive and magnificent Military Monument is situated in the central part of Pontevedra at the intersection of Avenida Da Raina Victoria Eugenia and Gran Via de Montero Rios. Very important notice: the entrance and exit from the huge underground parking...

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  • The Basilica of Santa Maria la Mayor....

    The basilica of Santa Maria la Mayor is one of the jewels of Galician late Gothic and Plateresco architecture. Basilica was built in the sixteenth century and its construction was by financed by the guild of local fishermen one of the richest and most influential guilds of Pontevedra in XV-XVI centuries. The architects of the building were Joao...

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  • The Basilica of Santa Maria la Mayor

    The basilica of Santa Maria la Mayor is one of the jewels of Galician late Gothic and Plateresco architecture. Basilica was built in the sixteenth century and its construction was by financed by the guild of local fishermen one of the richest and most influential guilds of Pontevedra in XV-XVI centuries. The architects of the building were Joao...

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  • Santuario de la Virgen Peregrina....

    Sanctuary of the Virgin the Pilgrim is the church dedicated to the cult of the Virgin. Design of that church is very unusual. It’s floor plan is designed in the shape of the scallop shell the symbol and insignia of Saint James the Apostle (Santiago). Such design indicates that this church was build at the pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostela...

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  • Santuario de la Virgen Peregrina

    Sanctuary of the Virgin the Pilgrim is the church dedicated to the cult of the Virgin. Design of that church is very unusual. It’s floor plan is designed in the shape of the scallop shell the symbol and insignia of Saint James the Apostle (Santiago). Such design indicates that this church was build at the pilgrim’s route to Santiago de Compostela...

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  • San Francisco Church. The tombs.

    The church of Saint Francis was founded by the Grey Friars or Friars Minor who became better known as the Franciscan monks or members of the Mendicant Order of Saint Francis of Assisi. Church itself was built in XIII century but it received today’s appearance after the reconstructions conducted between the XIV-th and XV-th centuries. Church is...

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  • San Francisco Church. Interiors.

    The church of Saint Francis was founded by the Grey Friars or Friars Minor who became better known as the Franciscan monks or members of the Mendicant Order of Saint Francis of Assisi. Church itself was built in XIII century but it received today’s appearance after the reconstructions conducted between the XIV-th and XV-th centuries. Church is...

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  • Ruins of Santo Domingo. The tombs.

    The Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo was founded in 1281, although the work on the conserved temple did not begin until 1383, continuing through the 15th century. The Convent belonged to the Black Friars better known as Dominican order. It was built in Gothic style. Unfortunately, only the sanctuary with five polygonal chapels survived till...

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  • Ruins of Santo Domingo, column capitals

    The Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo was founded in 1281, although the work on the conserved temple did not begin until 1383, continuing through the 15th century. The Convent belonged to the Black Friars better known as Dominican order. It was built in Gothic style. Unfortunately, only the sanctuary with five polygonal chapels survived till...

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  • Ruins of Santo Domingo. Interiors.

    The Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo was founded in 1281, although the work on the conserved temple did not begin until 1383, continuing through the 15th century. The Convent belonged to the Black Friars better known as Dominican order. It was built in Gothic style. Unfortunately, only the sanctuary with five polygonal chapels survived till...

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  • Ruins of Santo Domingo

    The Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo was founded in 1281, although the work on the conserved temple did not begin until 1383, continuing through the 15th century. The Convent belonged to the Black Friars better known as Dominican order. It was built in Gothic style. Unfortunately, only the sanctuary with five polygonal chapels survived till...

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  • Church tour

    Pontevedra has a lot of beautiful churches to visit, even if you don't go inside, take your time to look at the facades, they're wonderful!

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  • Sanctuary of the Pilgrin Virgin

    Built in the 18th century, it's one of the most symbolic constructions in the city. According to tradition, it guided the pilgrins from Baiona to Santiago de Compostela and it's related with the portuguese Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James).The Chapel houses the image of the Pilgrin Virgin, the patron lady of Pontevedra.

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  • Basilica de Santa Maria la Mayor

    After crossing Praza de España and walking through Avenida de Santa Maria we arrive to Praza de Alonso de Fonseca where this beautiful late gothic style church with plateresque facade is located. The basilica was built during the 16th century

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  • Ruins of Santo Domingo Convent

    This church dates from the 14th century but its external framework has been reduced to the head of the old temple facade. Once the bigger dominican church in Galicia it houses some archaeological pieces. Located near Praza de España, this is the spot to start a visit to Pontevedra's city center.

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  • Iglesia de San Francisco

    The church was built in the 14th century. Inside can be found the tombs of some nobles, including the tomb of Paio Gómez Chariño, one of the conquerors of Sevilla in 1248.

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  • Praza da Ferreria

    Leaving Praza da Leña along the Rùa de Figueroa we arrive to a set of squares where Praza da Ferreria merges with Praza de Ourense, Praza da Estrela and the gardens of Casto Sampedro, forming a large urban space. In the middle rises a fountain dated from the 16th century and, in the Praza de Ourense, the Church of San Francisco dominates the...

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  • Praza das Cinco Ruas

    Walking down from the basilica we arrive to this square where its located the house where the writer Valle Inclán lived.In front of the house lies the famous cruceiro (market-cross) that was placed here in 1773 at the end of the civil war.

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  • Praza da Leña

    From Praza da Pedreira along the Rùa Gregorio F. we arrive to Praza da Leña.The square has the name of the product that was sold here - firewood. The square it's a significant place for tapas and wines.

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  • Sun Clock

    The facade has the coat-of-arms of the families of Figueroa, Araúxo, Miranda and Quirós, and on top a beautiful sun clock.

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  • Pazo de Mugartegui

    Continuing down on Rùa Don Gonzalo César Boente, near the municipal market, in Praza da Pedreira we find this building that dates back from the 18th century and it's an example of the galicean baroque.

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  • Praza Mendez Nuñez

    Leaving Praza do Teucro, still along the Rùa M. Quiroga Princesa we arrive to Praza de Curros Enriques an then we turn into the Rùa Don Gonzalo César Boente til we arrive to Praza Mendez Nuñez.This square was known by Praza das Galiñas (Chicken Square) due to the market that used to take place in it.The square is dominated by the house where the...

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  • Praza do Teucro

    From Praza das Cinco Ruas along the Rùa M. Quiroga Princesa we arrive to Praza do Teucro.According to the legend, the Trojan archer Teucro, Ajax's half-brother, after the trojan war came to the west and founded the city of Pontevedra. In the renaissance, the nobles of the town gave strenght to this myth in order to sanction the town.This square is...

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    by alectrevor Updated Feb 27, 2014

    Menu du Diaz 9 euro. Soup and main meal including beer. Great meal served by lovely people.They did not speak English and my 30 spanish words didnt help, but they showed examples of the food to me to choose.The restaurant is down stairs.

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Pontevedra Transportation

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    by maria_mullah Written Oct 28, 2005

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    Taking the train to/from Pontevedra to/from La Coruña is a great way of seeing the Galician countryside! It's cheap too and you don't need to book the tickets in advance, you buy them at the train station before departure.

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Pontevedra Off The Beaten Path

  • The land of St James

    If you have but one chance to see Northern Spain, the place to go is Santiaga de Compenstela. Her the remains of the Apostolate of St. James the Greater are found inside the second largest Basilica in Europe. And if the Anniversary of St. James, which is the 25th of July is on a Sunday, this will indicate a Holy Year and a spectacular celebration...

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  • Pre-historic rock paintings in Os...

    This is a little known tiny place called Os Ballotes in Vilagarcia de Arousa, a small town just above Cambados, which has a few rock engravings from around180-600 B.C. (Bronze age). It's a bit difficult to find the place, we were lost a few times, as there are no very good indications but the local people were ever so nice to give us directions. We...

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