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An irreverent parrot and a bloodthirsty pirate, curiosities of a walk in Pontevedra

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Pontevedra Old Town

Pilgrims who make the Camino de Santiago, a trip as much or more interior than exterior, can also reach their goal from our neighbor in the Iberian Peninsula. He Portuguese way saves the 600 km that separate Lisbon from Santiago de Compostela and has one of the most important stops in the city where the Apostle Santiago rests.

When travelers arrive at night in the city they find a modern peculiarity of the centennial medieval city: in the old town the stars that illuminate the Way are located not in the sky but on the ground. Throughout hundreds of meters of the streets there are points of light that indicate, even in these times of GPS, the Way, with a capital ā€œcā€.

Stands in the old town of Pontevedra

That is one of the contrasts we can find when we give a walk through Pontevedra, historical and modern at the same time. Even in that modernity he has participated creating trends, as in the case of one of the architectural elements that we see in many of his buildings, the galleries.

Typical of the cold north of Spain, the galleries are closed and glazed balconies. They allow, on the one hand, to increase the amount of natural light that enters a house and on the other, by creating an isolated space, away from humidity and cold from the interior room.

Although the cities of Coruña and Ferrol are the ones that dispute the title of cradle of this innovation, in Pontevedra many of its oldest houses are equipped with wooden galleries. Sailor's house storage rooms, where the fish was dried and its arts were stored, today are balconies from which to see life pass without undergoing the cold outside.

And when the rigors of the cold they made him sick, the Pontevedra who sought to heal ended up going to see a parrot.

Ravachol Parrot and Pilgrim Virgin Church in Pontevedra

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