One of Galicia’s smallest cities and yet bustling with life and unique flavour, Pontevedra is western Spain’s greatest unknown. Often overshadowed by neighbouring Santiago de Compostela, the city is well worth a visit in its own right. Its old quarter is packed with quaint plazas, crooked cobbled lanes and enough forgotten corners to delight even the most seasoned traveller. Pontevedra’s history can be traced back to medieval times and many historical buildings still remain, with squares and streets taking their names from the traditional guilds that they used to house in ages gone by.
The surrounding area is home to a stunning countryside of rugged coastlines, wild forests and misty river lands that will delight nature lovers and hikers alike. The Rias Baixas region is dotted with tiny picturesque villages, stone farmhouses and ancient churches contained in a breath-taking natural setting.
Galician climate is as temperamental as its coastline; therefore packing a raincoat is always a good idea no matter the season. Summers are hot and sunny while winters are frosty and turbulent.
Holiday in Pontevedra
Make sure you wear comfortable shoes when you visit Pontevedra’s old quarter. The area is a wonderful treasure trove of architectural delights that will take you back to the Middle Ages and you will never tire of encountering yet another wonderful sight. Santuario da Virxe Peregrina is an almost spherical 18th century building that used to house a pilgrim chapel. As you head towards the heart of the old town you will be charmed by Praza da Leña, a story book square named after the firewood that was sold for old kitchen stoves. Praza da Leña is an ideal spot to sample some delicious tapas before visiting Museo de Pontevedra where you can heraldic shields and medieval nick-nacks in what remains of a 14th century church. In the afternoon stroll toards Mercado de los Abastos, a restored traditional market where you can make the most of your holiday accommodation by stocking up on delicious fresh produce to take back to your own kitchen where you can cook up an authentic Galician feast.
Pontevedra is no sleepy town and visitors can find a myriad of festival throughout the year, from bustling summer fiestas such as Festas da Peregrina and the snazzy jazz festival to the fall festival in November or colourful May Day festivities.
Renting holiday accommodation in Pontevedra
With Pontevedra being so far off the tourist trail, your best bet is to rent holiday accommodation. A holiday apartment will give you the freedom to plan your visit the way you want it and the luxury of having your own space. Galicia’s welcoming local people will be delighted to learn that you’ve chosen their stunning region for your holiday. A hotel is not such an attractive option when you can enjoy your very own holiday accommodation in which you can put your feet up after a long day out and about hiking, exploring enchanting architecture and discovering incredible beaches.
Only the locals will be able to tell you where to find the most delicious asador to sample the juiciest meats, or the local tasca to enjoy the finest tapas in town. And of course, having your very own holiday rental means that you can always do a load of laundry before heading out the next day to visit that charming little village that your neighbour mentioned over a glass of queimada, traditional wine-based liquor.