The historic centre of the town of Pontevedra is one of the best preserved in Spain and it was declared Site of Cultural Interest in 1951. Its charming arcaded streets lead to countless squares which keep the name of their former function: A Ferrería, the forge; A Verdura, the vegetable market; and A Leña, the timber market. In the latter, we can visit three of the buildings of the Museum of Pontevedra, one of the most important museums in Galicia devoted to archaeology, art and history.
Nearby, you can admire traditional and noble houses, as well as some remarkable churches. The Basilica of Santa María A Maior, whose construction began in the 15th century at the initiative of the Guild of Fishermen, is particularly interesting for its outstanding Plateresque façade. The Sanctuary of A Peregrina, featuring a floor plan in the shape of a scallop shell, is one of the must-stops not only for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela via the Portuguese route, but also for all travellers.
One of the most visited monuments in the town is the Ruins of San Domingos Church, displaying some archaeological exhibits. If you want to visit the building, you can book a free guided tour by contacting the Museum of Pontevedra from Tuesday to Sunday.
The historic centre is also the perfect place to taste some tapas, as here it is common to pair your drinks with an appetizer.