Five cities to visit this Easter in Pontevedra

Sea, mountains, forests, rivers, estuaries, wines, delicacies, camellias, history, art… in the province of Pontevedra we find the perfect cocktail to spend Easter. We still don’t know Pontevedra, Vigo, Tui, Vilagarcía de Arousa or Lalín? Well, it’s about time!

Pontevedra. The most pedestrian capital of Galicia is always a welcoming destination. In it awaits us a very rich historic center, with many noble houses of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and many monuments and squares, such as O Teucro, Méndez Núñez, Cinco Rúas, La Leña, La Ferrería or Mugartegui. All with a lot of history and a lot of terrace. There are two sculptures by César Lombera that remind us of the importance of the city as a center of intellectuals: the one that represents the gathering of the Café Moderno, life-size at street level, with Castelao, Manuel Quiroga, Cabanillas, Paz Andrade, Bóveda and Casares, and the one of Valle-Inclán leaving the Muruais house, in the Plaza de Méndez Núñez.

The Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Peregrina, the Basilica of Santa María A Mayor, the ruins of Santo Domingo and the Museum of Pontevedra are obligatory stops.

As for the events of Holy Week, this year there are new features: on the one hand, the inclusion of men for the first time in the processions of the Brotherhood of the Mayor Dolor and, secondly, the change of route on Thursday and Friday by the works of the Liceo Casino. Incidentally, the paso de la Santa Cena is one of the oldest, dating from 1693, the work of an anonymous composer from Compostela.

Vigo. This year Maundy Thursday coincides with the Día da Reconquista (Day of the Reconquest), March 28, one of the most popular festivities in Vigo, Christmas apart. So, as the date of Holy Week was not going to be changed, the date of the Reconquista was changed to April 7.

In Vigo there is a tradition of processions in the center, in Teis and Bouzas. We can take the opportunity to visit the Casco Vello, down to O Berbés and the marina; walk along the promenade to Bouzas; approach the Museum of the Sea; to Samil… To contemplate good views of the estuary, we can go up to the viewpoint of O Castro or A Guía.

Since we have several holidays, it is a good time to take a hiking route through the Cíes and charge us with marine energy. Of course, you must remember to request prior authorization, to have a place on the boat.

Tui. Holy Week in Tui dates back to the 18th century. The most distinctive of it is the traditional visit to the monuments on Holy Thursday (visits to the cathedral, the church of the Poor Clares, the church of San Telmo, the chapel of the Residence of San Telmo, the church of San Domingos and San Bartolomeu) and the representation of the Garden of Olives in the Chapel of La Misericordia.

Walking through the streets that ascend to the cathedral fortress from the banks of the Minho seems to travel to the Middle Ages. One way to get to know the old town in depth is to follow the Jewish route, one of the most important in Galicia.

On the other hand, remember that Tui forms a Eurocity with Valença do Minho, which in fact were already linked since the nineteenth century by the international bridge. And, in addition to history, here we have a lot of nature, for example, on Mount Aloia, the first natural park in Galicia.

Vilagarcía de Arousa. Easter almost symbolizes the start of the tourist season in the Rías Baixas, especially in O Salnés. In addition, at this time, the area is more than crowded, because in March and April there are many sports tournaments, almost all soccer and basketball.

This material port of Santiago that is Vilagarcía can be discovered in many ways: making a historical route through the old fishing district, a route of the cruceiros, through the forts and archaeological remains of the area, such as the Castro de Alobre, along the promenade that goes along the beaches to the clam nurseries of Carril… If we are looking for a panoramic view, we have good viewpoints on Mount Xiabre, Lobeira or Carril. Nearby you can also visit wineries and canneries.

And since it is Easter, it is a must to taste the bolo de ovos de Arousa, a real Easter delight.

Lalín. In Lalín (or La Lune, as Laxeiro used to say) between cocido (Galician stew) and cocido, there is also Easter. It is a great opportunity to enter the capital of the region of Deza, close to the big Galician cities. Here we discover a very active urban core, populated by sculptures, such as the one dedicated to Joaquín Loriga de Asorey or the one dedicated to the Pig of Manolo Rial, for example; museums, such as the Ramón María Aller Ulloa Municipal Museum, the “Imaxina”, dedicated to the Toy and the Puppet, or the Casa del Patrón, ethnographic museum, and unique buildings such as the Pazo de Liñares, birthplace of Joaquín Loriga.

The good thing about Lalín is that it is surrounded by nature, with carballeiras and soutos everywhere. We must take the opportunity to visit these places, which are treasures that you never know how long they will last, such as the Souto de Quiroga, the Carballeira de Barcia, the Carballeira de Rodo, the Sobreirais do Arnego, the Fraga de Catasós and the Serra de Candán. To see the landscape with some distance, you should go to the viewpoints of Carrio, O Couto de Zobra, Candán, Pedroselo, A Cabaña or Cima de Valxanín.

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