Travel into the heart of Pontevedra (Spain)

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A trip to the interior of Pontevedra and Vigo in starting over in Ponte Caldelas. But do not miss the way points as, Arbo, Cañiza, Mos, Neves, and Ponteareas Porriño.
All this in an environment inside the village, the climate and the best time is to stay in the summer. What are 3 important factors of travel, the arts, Nature and Food.

Traveling by car or passenger car, it is most advisable to know the area.

General information Pontevedra:
The route is presented as a journey to discover the interior of the province of Pontevedra. The route that goes from Vigo to Ponte Caldelas through the towns of Mos, Porriño O, Ponteareas, As Neves, A Arbo and Cañiza.

The province of Pontevedra is a good example to understand the uniqueness of the autonomous community of Galicia. The trip will be a choice to discover a new facet of it, the transit zone from the Atlantic coast to the interior. From the beaches of the Rias Baixas to a more rugged but charming, with many points of interest in which to stop and look every way.

The route starts in Vigo, one of the most important in Galicia. This city, marking a modern industrial landscape offers visitors a different image to the other capitals in the region, is not exempt either of valuable historical and artistic elements.

The beautiful forests of Mos:
The path takes visitors to the town of Mos, just 20 km south of the capital. It is a municipality located in the valley of the River Louro, in a transition toward the rugged interior of the province of Pontevedra.

Indeed, Mos is located between the mountains do Galiñeiro, As Pereiras and do Galleiro. This space can begin to find heights and estimable, as those of Mount As Sete Paredes, 744m from the O Salgueirón, 621, and Castle, 543.

Visitors will find a place in this landscape that remains largely intact and are presented as the greatest point of interest from the stop. The best option is to enter, the lush forests of pine, eucalyptus, Carballo, acacia and chestnut trees, all native species.

O Porriño, pink granite:
The next break is on the road in the town of O Porriño beside the Mos. Is the next point to the interior of Pontevedra and is an important mining center, with la’rosa Porriño do ‘as a product. Is a variety of pink granite that is exported around the world.

The municipality is composed of scattered clusters of parishes, as Porriño, Torneiros, Atios or pudding, and it has several points of attention. The House Consistorial , school-Fernández Areal or Central Park, all of which the architect works from O Porriño, Antonio Palacios.

Other visits that we should not fail to perform in this small incursion are cruceiro to do Celeiro O Christ, the eighteenth century, the remains of the castle of Mirabel, in Cans, church or Chenla Pontellas of the XVII. Moreover, it is enjoyable excursion into the hills of Castro or Gándaras As wetland on the River Louro.

Ponteareas, traces of the past:
Heading further inland in an easterly direction to reach township Ponteareas. Is in the Valley of Tea, an enclave that is already beginning to be quite bumpy. Here you can see considerable heights, like Mount Galleiro, 744 m. The town is set among hills, where erosion has caused the formation of huge masses of granite shaped ball, which are known as’ Peneda ‘. In addition, the River Tea offers a couple of prints of great beauty, as are the beaches and river A Freixa As Partidas.

One of the biggest attractions of this tour is the kind of rich archaeological remains have been found in Paleolithic and Neolithic periods. Good examples are found in castros Angoares, Celeiros, Fózara, or Guillade Throne. Regarding the monuments stands the Romanesque church of San Pedro de Angoares, which houses valuable icons, the bridge of Remedios, in the thirteenth century, or the convent Canedo, the XVIII. Finally, there is the stately home of Porte Barreiro, shows high casona gallega.

This is a good place to enjoy the interior of Galician cuisine. This culinary variety has meat as the largest player, but the river fish such as lamprey, plays a major role. It is prepared in your blood, such as dry rolled or grilled. And nothing better than watering with a white wine from the area.

As Neves, with a council:
The trail continues until reaching the small town of As Neves, a few miles south of the previous stop in the border with Portugal. A council is located in a mountainous territory, with significant increases as the Pena da Lama, about 500 m, and mount the Navy.

This is a very charming town, with its tranquil atmosphere and its natural environment. The town is worth noting some items, such as the sanctuary of Nosa Señora das Neves, patron saint of the town and is dedicated to a popular pilgrimage in the month of August. The origin of this construction is usually in the fifteenth century, but subsequent touches. Images stored in its internal religious XIII to XVIII centuries.

A place not to be missed on this visit to As Neves is the monastery of Caaveiro prior to the tenth century and which is in the process of restoration.

Arbo, mountainous area:
The journey continues towards the Arbo township, situated on the border of neighboring Portugal, near the province of Ourense in Galicia. This town belongs to the region of Paradanta and municipality comprises the parishes of Barcelos, Cequeliños, Cabeiras, Arbo, Mourentán and Sela.

Their natural environment is characterized by being more rugged than the previous populations. Here you will find that reach heights of 900 m, belonging to the hacksaw A Paradanta. Moreover, these areas are watered by the river Minho and its tributaries, and the Deva Cea.

These lands are characterized by being very fertile and productive, of which there is a very popular variety of wine, which the village of Arbo is known beyond their autonomous region. So this is a good place to make a longer stop and enjoy the best cuisine in the area.

A Cañiza alongside Ourense:
Our route follows the path until you reach the population of A Cañiza, north of Arbo and near the border with Ourense. Its terrain is characterized by being quite mountainous, with heights averaging is en800 m. The mount is the most prominent of Paradanta.

The artistic and historical elements A Cañiza has greatly appreciated in his nomination that the traveler can not fail to contemplate. The most prized of these is the shrine of the Virgin of Franqueira A, located at the top of the montede Paradanta. Another attraction for the curious visitor is surely the church Parada das Achas of the nineteenth century.

The route is nearing completion and we are already squarely within the province of Pontevedra, where you can enjoy the mountainous landscape of fertile land and a local cuisine, based on more substantial dishes and most of the meat.

Ponte Caldelas municipality in high:
The road to the interior of Pontevedra ends in the town of Ponte Caldelas. The municipality of 87 km2, is characterized by a fairly abrupt, with very prominent elevations in the area, such as the Sierra da Castrelo of 633 m, A FraChan of 545 m, and the punishment of, 544 m. These lands are watered by rivers and Verdugo Oitavos, offering enviable space for lovers of fluvial fishing.

This town offers the possibility of outsider excellent examples of religious architecture. Among them, the Romanesque church of Tourón, built in the twelfth century. Other places of artistic interest are the church of Santa Eulalia, the A and the Insúa Xustáns. A stroll through the town center will take us to the plaza del Obispo, in the heart of the old population, an environment full of flavor.

Can be used to make the trip in August and enjoy the town during its patron saint festival, dedicated to Virgende Sorrows. Take place at the end of the month and participate in them and all their people can enjoy the best cuisine in the area, with river fish, especially trout-like protagonist.

Thus we come to the end of our journey from the coastal city of Vigo until one of the most mountainous in the interior of the Galician province of Pontevedra.

This has seen the change of scenery and variety of the natural environment Galician.

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