Spain Travel & Accommodation Guide
in Pontevedra & Pontevedra Province, Galicia, Spain
|Pontevedra is a provincial
capital of the Pontevreda province. The province is composed of the city
of Pontevedra and of fifteen rural parishes. Like much of the western
coast of Galicia, Pontevedra has a temperate, rainy climate, but with peculiarities
stemming from its location surrounded by mountains and the ría.
Temperatures are pleasant for most of the year (mild winters and summers).
An ancient town and medieval port, Pontevedra has been described as a "definitive
old gallego town". Sights include the pilgrim chapel in the Praza da Peregrina,
the historic Zona Monumental (old city), the Praza de Leña, the
market, and the Alameda, a promenade along the ría. One of Christopher
Columbus' ships (the "Santa María") was built in Pontevedra.
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Located in the city centre
and opened only recently, Hotel Vedra offers a first-class service far
above its category and ideal for guests on business or pleasure.
The special attention given by its staff and the care taken with every
detail make up a new concept of accommodation in Pontevedra that is both
exquisite and personal. Restaurant Braseria - The gastronomic offer
is an experience for the senses, the decoration, with ultimate detail,
gives a perfect equilibrium in distinctive spaces. The atmosphere
that surrounds the client is perfect to enjoy an unforgettable evening.
It has 34 cosy rooms with high-quality design and fittings. Warm, modern
and quiet rooms with a wide selection of facilities, including WiFi Internet
connection, 21" TV with Canal + and satellite and spacious wardrobes.
Villa Covelo, Poio, Pontevedra
The three-storey Husa Villa
Covelo overlooks the sea on the border of Pontevedra, and is situated 1.5
kilometres from the picturesque fishing village of Combarro. Santiago de
Compostela Airport is 84 kilometres away and can be reached in one hour
by car. The Husa Villa Covelo hotel features an outdoor pool and
a health club that includes a gym overlooking the fjord and mountains,
a sauna and a solarium. Wireless Internet access is available in the hotel's
public areas. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can look after valuables
in the hotel safe. A buffet breakfast is served each morning in the Villa
Covelo restaurant, which offers a choice of traditional Galician dishes
for lunch and dinner. The 50 air-conditioned guestrooms are furnished
in a simple style and offer sea views.
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16th century renaissance
palace - The Parador occupies a palace which was formerly the residence
of the Counts of Maceda. In the historic centre of the city, it combines
regal, noble lines with countless references to rural retreat in surroundings
which invite one to explore the many coves and beaches. Distinguished,
lordly and illustrious are three definitions of the interior, with a plethora
of fine details, antiques and regal furnishings, and relaxing garden views.
The carved stone staircase is noteworthy, leading to welcoming rooms and
accentuating the aristocratic character of the Parador. Let us come into
the restaurant, decorated with regal furniture, suited to the rest of the
common areas. The menu is very varied, giving us the chance to taste the
meats, fishes and shellfishes of the region, everything accompanied by
the excellent Albariño, Ribeiro or Mencía wines.
Larache - B&B - Rural Country House in Vilaboa - 13 kms from Pontevedra
Pazo Larache was constructed
in the 18th century and underwent several phases of extension at the beginning
of the 19th century, it was finally reconstructed between 2002 and 2006
which gave rise to the present construction. In the access to the estate
it is possible to enjoy the construction of a typical silo in Galicia (hórreo),
furthermore there is the entrance area with its great historical and architectonic
value. You can see a "lagar" of the 18th century in the access to
the house. The property has a beautiful garden with an extension
of fifty and five thousand square meters of land of great biological diversity
with centennial trees that dominate the Ría of Vigo. All this will
cause that you enjoy an pleasant and unique stay in Pazo Larache.
BAIONA - PONTEVEDRA PROVINCE
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of Vigo lies the city of Baiona, a small but interesting place, especially
in summer, when all the tourist facilities are fully offered to all visitors.
Some of the interest points of Baiona are its old beautiful buildings,
sculptures, cultural places, etc. The Fortress is the most appreciable
construction, walled and surrounded by the sea. Some of the more visible
facilities are the sailing port and the Monte Real yacht club.
de Baiona, Pontevedra Province
Situated on the Monterreal
peninsula, this is one of the most unique Paradors; the building is mid-way
between a medieval fortress and seigniorial Gallegan architecture. It commands
an impressive viewpoint above the ocean within a walled enclosure. It is
protected by the sea and has a beautiful pine forest on either side.
The hotel has magnificent, stylish rooms full of decorative features from
different eras. Manorial rooms and spacious bedrooms, many boasting spectacular
sea views, make up a grandiose interior along with its outstanding stone
staircase in the entrance hall. Specialities and traditional dishes
- Excellent Moaña Veal - You have to try the fantastic Gallegan
cuisine offered by the Parador. Sea bass with razor clams in rapini sauce,
shell fish dishes, tarta de Santiago (Galician almond tart), filloas (Galician
pancakes), and Moaña veal. A total delight for the palate.
CAMBADOS - PONTEVEDRA PROVINCE
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- in the heart of
Albariño wine country. This town offers a lot of possibilities of
finding out about its past and its tradition. View the noble stately home
of Figueroa, with several shields and original balconies in the tower,
and the neo-classical church of San Bieito.
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The former, Pazo de Bazán,
was an ancestral mansion built in the 17th Century; it is located on the
green landscapes of the Rías Baixas, on the Ría de Arousa.
The Gallegan coast is dotted with leafy pine trees, beaches and numerous
country houses. The Parador is in the centre of the small village
of Cambados, only a short distance from the Isla de la Toxa. It has a pretty
interior courtyard with and outstanding arcade and fountain, as well as
a slender palm tree. It also has pleasant and light bedrooms with
accommodating furniture. The other rooms feature stone columns, wooden
ceilings and beams, as well as the gardens and an inviting swimming pool.
There are many types of empanadas (breaded dishes). But none like the Gallegan
variety. The best of all is the breaded cockles. You can also enjoy delicious
seafood and fish dishes such as lenguado al Albariño (sole cooked
in Albariño wine).
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For Treasures in Pontevedra by Scott James
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regards to the tourist industry within Spain, Northern Spain and in particular
Galicia especially have been very much a hidden treasure and hidden within
lies a further particular treasure called Pontevedra. Of all of the autonomous
regions of Spain Galicia is considered the most remote and therein lies
the charm of Pontevedra hidden away longing to be discovered. Galicia has
always been seen as a poor rural region, whose economy was dependent upon
agriculture and fishing and did not lend itself to modernisation and yet
as far as tourism is concerned it is this constant contact with the past
that gives the region its appeal and charm. The Galicians are fiercely
proud of their culture and language and their Celtic heritage; it is what
makes them unique (they feel) within modern day Spain. Galicia always seemed
to be a very closed and inward looking area being fiercely resistant to
any formal external invasion and in many ways this degree of isolation
was very much driven by the geographical location of the region. In what
has been a mountain to climb slowly but surely Galicia is now trying to
manage successfully the twin track of its regional lifestyle with a much
more modern society and thankfully this appears to have had very positive
results with regards to tourism with little sign of negative effects..
those who wish to visit somewhere slightly interesting and possibly out
over the ordinary then a trip to Pontevedra is just the order for the day.
can be found on the main road leading from Vigo northwards to Santiago
de Compostela on the N550. If you believe the stories that surround the
town according to myths and legends and then Pontevedra was supposedly
built by a character called Teucro who was one of the heroes of the Trojan
reality however Pontevedra was actually constructed by the Romans who first
constructed a bridge across the Lerez River and the present day town began
to emerge round this bridge.
original bridge has now been restored almost to its original condition
and is now called A Ponte do Burgo and the bridge remains to this day one
of the town's principal landmarks. The town is also one off the four provincial
capitals within Galicia.
of Pontevedra is probably best started on what is called the Alameda Boulevard
which has often been described as the green lungs of the town. One of the
more established parts of the city the boulevard houses many lovely 19th
century buildings that are now home to many important offices.
one had to provide a potential top five of "must see" sites in Pontevedra
then I guess that the following would make it onto the list.
first site would possibly be the Ruinos do Santa Domingo which are the
ruins of a Gothic church which can be found at the end of the Alameda Boulevard.
These ruins form part of the Museo de Pontevedra where it is possible to
see Roman artefacts medieval coats of arms and tombs. The main buildings
of the museum which is highly regarded and viewed as one of the best in
Galicia can be found on the Praza da Lena.
in all museums and collections house rare artefacts including Gold Celtic
bracelets and necklaces and locally found Bronze Age treasures.
these ancient artefacts can be found rare paintings from down through the
centuries including paintings by Zurbarin and Goya.
are other attractions within Pontevedra amongst which is the huge Praza
da Ferraria with its huge fountain in the centre. Alongside this and worthy
of a mention is the Casa das Caras with its sculpted faces, the 14th Century
Iglesia de San Francisco.
the best site to see in Pontevedra is what could be described as one of
the greatest monuments to Galician Architecture is the 16th Century Basilica
de Santa Maria la Mayor.
church, dedicated to Pontevedra's patron saint, the Virgin de la Peregrina
and is built to a circular plan and features amongst its many highlights
a bow fronted façade that is well worth a visit.
in all Pontevedra is perhaps not the tiny, boring little town in the regions
that many assume it to be.
the Author - Scott James writes about a great many Internet Travel based
issues and more on the above can be found at Accommodation in Galicia .
For a more complete overlook at Tourism in Galicia try http://www.turgalicia.es