Pontevedra has an imposing historic center in an excellent state of conservation and a very intense commercial activity. The axis of the city revolves around the “Lérez” River and its mouth in the estuary. To visit the city, we will start from one of the five bridges that cross the river. For their interest, we emphasize the “Tirantes” bridge which is contemporary, the “Burgo” bridge, which is medieval, and the “A Barca” bridge which is modern. If we take the Sarmiento Street, we can see the “Church of San Bartolomé” (Baroque, XVII and XVIII centuries) and the “Pazo García Flores” (Baroque, XVIII century), which holds now one of the headquarters of the Provincial Museum of Pontevedra.
In the medieval “Eirado da Leña” we can see its beautiful crucifix (cruceiro) in the centre and we can enjoy the terraces of the many bars overlooking it. Just 100 metres away, we enter the nerve centre of Pontevedra’s society, “Praza da Ferrería”, which is flanked on two of its ends and presided over by a 16th-century fountain, with fourteen pipes, located in the garden area next to the “Convent of San Francisco”. At the other end we find the small “Praza da Estrela”, at the foot of “Casa das Caras”, which is of Renaissance origin and Baroque reform, with its characteristic row of medallions with effigies or stone faces carved on its façade. We continue through “Praza da Peregrina”, dated back to the 18th century, in Baroque and Neoclassical style; there is the church that gives it its name, with its scallop shell-shaped plant that distinguishes it and gives it great eye candy. Through Michelena Street we arrive at “Praza de España”, with the Town Hall inspired by the Louis XV French style and the monument to the heroes of “Ponte Sampaio” (which recalls the victory of Pontevedra’s people over the Napoleonic troops).
Following Bastida Street (side of the City Council), you can see “Casa das Campás”, from the XV century and Gothic-Renaissance style, which is considered the oldest one in Pontevedra and stands out for its ogee arches. From the “Travesía de Chariño” crossing, we move ahead to “Praza das Cinco Rúas”, square famous for its cruise, dated back to the 18th century that represents Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit, and the house where the writer Valle-Inclán lived. We continue along Rúa Real, where Fonte dos Tornos (a fountain built in granite in 1872) is located, and then “Praza do Teucro” square which is surrounded by many noble buildings such as “Pazo de los Gago y Montenegro”, an urban palace built in the 16th century whose facade showns a large Baroque style coat of arms. We pass through “Praza de Curros Enríquez”, with a French-style attic building on the north side and one of the four forge fountains. This fountain dated back to the XIX century has tongues with satyrs expelling water. We continue through “Praza da Verdura” , surrounded by multiple taverns and “tapas” bars. Here is located “Casa da Luz” which commemorates the fact that “Pontevedra” was the first city in Galicia to which electricity arrived in the XIX century. Today it hosts the headquarters of the Tourism of Pontevedra. We continue along Sarmiento Street, where we can see “Praza de Méndez Núñez” square and “Casa de los Cruz y Montenegro” house. Its pointed arch crosses Don Gonzalo Street, in whose center is located the bronze statue of the famous writer Valle-Inclán.