Galicia and Asturias: Places to Explore



At the head of its ría, Pontevedra is approached through prefab suburbs, but the old quarter is well preserved and largely unspoiled. The city got its start as a Roman settlement (its name comes from an old Roman bridge over the Río Lérez). As a powerful base for fishing and international trade, Pontevedra was a major presence in the Atlantic in the 16th century, but its estuary has since been silted up. Nowadays, speckled with bars, it can get very lively on weekends; curiously, it also has the only operating plaza de toros in Galicia.



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