Centuries of history and culture lie behind everything you have to see in Pontevedra in one day. Its old area has been declared a Historic Artistic Site and walking through this city makes you go back in time and transport yourself to other times.
Its monuments, its emblazoned houses, its squares and its arcades give it a special air that invites you to stroll, rest and enjoy its streets full of life.
In addition, its historic center is pedestrianized, so you can admire the center without stress, without rushing and with the possibility of looking at all its details.
A walk to get to know Pontevedra in 1 day
1. The Plaza of Spain in Pontevedra
Although there are many places to start a 1-day tour of Pontevedra, we are going to start in the Plaza de España, located south of the Old Town of the city.
From there starts the Alameda, a park that unites the historic area with the modern area of Pontevedra and in the Plaza de España is the City Hall and the Gothic ruins of Santo Domingo, a very interesting place but of which there is not much left..
A few meters away is the Teatro Principal, from where we can start walking through the historic streets of Pontevedra.
2. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
The next point to go to visit Pontevedra is the Basilica of Santa María la Mayor, possibly the main religious monument in the city.
It is located at one of the highest points since the 16th century. Its Plateresque façade stands out, although the main style of the basilica is late Gothic.
The Basilica is located in a network of narrow and suggestive streets and you will not know where to continue. We recommend continuing along Calle Isabel II to the next point of our walk. Nearby is also the Parador de Pontevedra.
3. Teucro Square and its surroundings
From there we can go to the Plaza de O Teucro, whose name comes from the founder of the city and which stands out for the orange trees that decorate it and the Pazo de Gago y Montenegro, from the 17th century and which deserves to be turned to.
The next square that we can visit is that of Curros Enríquez where we find buildings with centuries of history typical of the historic center of Pontevedra.
It is convenient to get lost in the network of streets that we find in this place and continue admiring other squares with their arcades and galleries until reaching the Plaza de Leña, where one of the buildings that make up the Museum of Pontevedra is located, essential to understand the evolution and history from the city.
4. The Plaza de A Ferrería and the Convent of San Francisco
Of all the squares to see in Pontevedra, there is one that stands out above all and that we wanted to make a special mention of.
This is the Plaza de A Ferrería, which acts as the main square and the place around which the life of Pontevedra revolves.
From the Plaza de A Ferrería we must highlight the arcades that are found on two sides of the square as well as the Gardens of Casto San Pedro.
And above all, the 16th century fountain that is at one of its ends, forming a special complex with the Church of A Peregrina and the Convent of San Francisco. In this convent we must highlight its spectacular Gothic church and its rose window as well as the tombs of famous people from Pontevedra that are inside.
A Peregrina, curious for having the shape of a scallop, is an 18th century church dedicated to the patron saint of the city, the Virgen de la Peregrina, and which is located next to the Portuguese Way of Saint James. Its baroque façade also has the peculiarity of being curved.
5. The surroundings of the Lérez River
From the Plaza de A Ferrería we can walk in the direction of the Río Lérez where the Puente de O Burgo is located, which has Roman origins but was replaced by another in the 12th century and along which the Portuguese Way follows to go to Santiago de Compostela.
Nearby is the Mercado de Abastos, which always has a special charm in all cities. Next to it is the Plaza de A Pedreira, also known as Plaza de Mugartegui because of the country house of the same name that is located there. It is from the 17th century and many consider it to be the best Baroque building in Pontevedra.
We should not miss the opportunity to take a walk along the banks of the Lérez River admiring its bridges and the towers of the churches that emerge from the old town and reach the Illa das Sculptures, a park full of sculptural works of art by Galician artists but also from other areas.
You can find more information to visit Pontevedra on its official tourism page.