Things to see in Pontevedra: Places to visit, history, gastronomy, cultural events, amazing activities, accommodation recommendations.
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The city of Pontevedra is small in size (about 83000 inhabitants) but big, very big in history, monuments and culture, a paradise for lovers of cultural heritage. Lots of things to see in Pontevedra and all in a confined space, much of which is pedestrian.
In addition Pontevedra has combined past, present, future and quality of life, so much so, that has been awarded by UN-Habitat in 2014 and the international prize of excellence of the Center for Urban Active Design 2015. Apart from its urban and cultural quality, probably both juries also valued its exquisite cuisine, since it is something you can not overlook the case of Pontevedra.
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What to do in Pontevedra city
The monumental center of Pontevedra is the second most important in Galicia, only surpassed by Santiago. Since the arrival of the Romans to the present day, the city has been embellished with beautiful buildings, squares, streets and temples. But in addition to its architecture, there are also great museums to see in Pontevedra, among which the Museum of Pontevedra with a collection of metalwork unique in the world.
Some hints about Pontevedra gastronomy
It’s not a secret that in Pontevedra and A Coruña is given the best seafood in the world, but also the Galician seas give fantastic fish and their meadows feeds the exquisite Galician beef, their gardens breed spectacular vegetables and on its slopes and valleys occurs one of the best white wines in the world, a real gastronomic feast.
|Starters||Chesnut broth, “caldo calabazote” (pumpking soup), octopus, barnacles, ”vieiras”(scallops), “zamburiñas” (baby scallops), oysters from Arcade, soup of spidercrab.|
|Meats||Beef from Moaña, pork, the most typical is “lacón con grelos” (porkleg with turnip greens)|
|Fish||Turbot, conger with greenbeans, boiled hake with potatoes, see bass, sole, monkfish, pike, salmon from Ulla river. All sort of shellfish.|
|Desserts||Pumpink sweet, quince, “filloas”(very thin crepes), fried milk|
|Wines and Drinks||Wines from Barbanza and Iria and the most popular white wine “Albariño”.|
|Other Products||Galician traditional crafts such as leather, honey, ceramics and musical instruments.|
Accommodation in Pontevedra
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A few hints about the history of Pontevedra
With all there is to do in Pontevedra, you can not enjoy it without having at least a notion of it’s history. Although first demonstrated occupation dating from 26 BC, most probably these lands were occupied by Sefes (Proto people) before the sixth century BC.
|S. VI B.C.C.||Possible occupation of land by the Sefes, though not found sufficient archaeological evidence.|
|Roman rule under Augustus.|
|585||Transposition Visigoths after the victory of Leovigildo on the Swabian Andeca.|
|716||It falls under Arab domination, although Alfonso I of Asturias regained dominance of the region in the same century.|
|986||Almanzor expedition to Pontevedra.|
|1032||Danish Ulfo raid, so the Torres del Oeste fortified.|
|1134||Formation of a shipyard in Torres del Oeste, a result of the Saracens attacks.|
|1249||Tuy communal uprising against the dominion of the bishops.|
|1467||Granting the privilege of a frank fair by King Henry IV.|
|1585||First foray of Francis Drake.|
|1596||Second foray of Francis Drake.|
|1702||New English attack during the war of succession.|
|1833||Creation of the present province of Pontevedra.|
|1863||The railway Vigo-Orense was inaugurated.|
|1936||When the Spanish Civil War produced, Pontevedra is aligned in the national zone.|
More information about the history of Pontevedra
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