Galicia and Asturias: Places to Explore

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Pontevedra

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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