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The best way to visit the city of Pontevedra is on foot. Its old town was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1951. Nowadays, the town still preserves some vestiges of the period of economic growth of the old port as well as its noble and regional architecture. The best starting point to get to know the city of Pontevedra is the Alameda, by the Ruins of San Domingos Church, which belong to the Museum of Pontevedra and are the first stop of a journey through the history of the province.
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- A Peregrina
- Ruins of San Domingos Church
- Square Praza da Leña
- Museum of Pontevedra
The town’s gem
The Basilica of Santa María A Maior is the town’s gem and a symbol of power of the Guild of Merchants in the 16th century. It is one of the best examples of the Galician Gothic architecture and was declared Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) in 1931. The façade is a stone altarpiece, created by Cornielles de Holanda and Joâo Nobre. It combines the Portuguese late Gothic and Plateresque styles. It was consecrated as a basilica in January 1962 by Pope John XXIII.
The endless squares in Pontevedra were designated with the names of the guilds or the activities that took place in these spaces, such is the case of the squares Praza da Leña or Praza da Ferrería, whose name comes from the old forges. The soportais (arcade-like structures), which were used to shelter in the event of rain, today house a large number of restaurants inside its renovated stone buildings. In one of these streets we find the Museum of Pontevedra, which comprises five buildings and the Ruins of San Domingos Church.
As a stop on the Way to Santiago de Compostela, if pilgrims follow the yellow arrows they will see many religious buildings such as the A Peregrina Church, a Baroque jewel dating from 1778, the San Bartolomé Church and the San Francisco Church, as well as the Santa Clara Convent.
Some of the most beautiful squares in Pontevedra were designated with the names of the guilds or the activities that took place in these spaces
Civil architecture has also been part of the history of the city. This is the case of the imposing building of the former local office of the Ministry of Finance, example of the late Gothic architecture and a historic and Artistic Monument since 1896, the manor house Pazo de Mugartegui, the theatre Teatro Principal or the City Hall .
The city of Pontevedra, which has been awarded worldwide for its accessibility, is the perfect place to be visited on foot. In this town, history is combined with a large number of restaurants and shops. Some must-visit spots are the squares Mendez Núñez and Verdura, the street Calle Real and the area surrounding the local theatre. In the afternoon, you can stroll around the A Peregrina Church and admire the statue of the famous parrot Ravachol.
As Rías Baixas are famous for having the best seafood in the world, as well as for its internationally renowned wines. However, its varied and rich food offer does not depend exclusively on the Atlantic and on its spectacular vineyards. The pastures of the province of Pontevedra feed the cattle from which excellent meat is obtained, and its traditional products even surprise the most exquisite palates.
The richness of its rías and the fertility of the land make As Rías Baixas the gastronomic destination par excellence. Here, traditional cuisine coexists in perfect harmony with gourmet dishes.
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- Maruja Limón (Vigo)
- Culler de Pau (O Grove)
- Yayo Daporta (Cambados)
- Casa Solla (Poio)
- Pepe Vieira (Poio)
- Eirado da Leña (Pontevedra)
- Silabario (Vigo)
Tradition, land, memories and taste. These are the hallmarks of the new Galician cuisine, which has managed to make a place for itself in the gourmet food world without renouncing to the local products. Those who are guided by the "stars" to plan their getaways have five must-visit restaurants in the province that will immerse them into a world of endless sensations.
“There is no avant-garde cuisine without tradition”, that is the motto of the restaurant Maruja Limón in Vigo, which summarises the philosophy of the chefs of the seven "Michelin Star" restaurants in Pontevedra. It is worth mentioning one of the most renowned and experienced ones, Pepe Vieira, and his "journey through the history and mythology of Galicia".
Grupo Nove, emotional cuisine
Although few Galician chefs are included in the Michelin Guide, and in the guide Soles Repsol, if we want to enjoy the Galician avant-garde cuisine there many more options. In 2003, the group of renowned chefs Grupo Nove was created to promote Galician gastronomy: a seasonal, creative, simple and emotional cuisine. Of the same group, it is worth mentioning the chefs of restaurants like Silabario or Eirado da Leña.
On his part, the chef Javier Olleros, in his restaurant Culler de Pau (O Grove), opts for " selecting products obtained from sustainable agriculture and fishing”. Other recommended restaurant for gourmet food lovers is Yayo Daporta’s restaurant in the town of Cambados.
Tradition, land, memories and taste. These are the hallmarks of the new Galician cuisine
“In the kitchen I crave clearness and substance”. This is how the most renowned chef in Galicia, Pepe Solla, introduces himself to his clients. He has inherited his parents and grandparents’ business. Today, he has turned the restaurant Casa Solla (Poio) into a meeting point for gourmet food lovers.
Moreover, Eirado da Leña (Pontevedra), run by chef Iñaki Bretal, and Silabario (Vigo), by Alberto González, have been awarded a star.