Thursday, 14 August 2014

Pontevedra, a quinessential Galician town


My summer performances had brought me to Galicia, northwest Spain, where I based myself in the pretty town of Cambados for a few good days.  Exploring the region is easy, with quick connections to the regional motorway (or autovia in Spanish) and scenic country roads.

20 minutes southeast of Cambados is the ancient town of Pontevedra.  Situated at the mouth of a river, there had been intense trading activities since antiquity.  It later became one of the main ports of Galicia.  It is a popular myth that Greek
heros of the Trojan war began trading in Pontevedra and hence the city as we know it was established, becoming a glowing example of a Galician town.

In the meandering streets one finds tapas restaurants and "Pulperia" - little eateries that specialize in serving Galician octopus.  Interesting antique shops add to the vintage feel of the old town, and the numerous Gothic churches and squares attest to the glorious past of the proud Galicians.  It was also here that the first book in Galician (or Galego) was published.

Half an hour from Vigo airport, lying on the main autovia of the region that branches out to fantastic little towns, resorts and beaches, Pontevedra is a must-visit for visitors to Galicia's Rias Baixas region. 

Official page: http://www.visit-pontevedra.com/ing/

今年夏季的演出把我帶到西班牙的加利西亞省來,在這裏過了很充實愉快的幾天。從下塌的坎瓦多斯小鎮出發,我使用了連接得很好的高速公路,很方便地遊覽了附近的幾個地方,欣賞了美不勝收的田園風光。

從坎瓦多斯向東南大約二十分鐘的車程,便來到了古老的小鎮蓬特韋德拉(Pontevedra)。因為這個小地方正正位於河流的出口,很久很久以前已有很多商人在這裏開始做貿易生意了,後來更成為加利西亞省一個重要的貿易港口!在希臘神話故事中,就有一位特洛伊戰爭的英雄在蓬特韋德拉這裏開始了貿易,因而就建立了我們今天所認識的蓬特韋德拉城了!
來到蓬特韋德拉,要做的事情有很多:看看幾座宏偉的哥德式教堂、參觀古鎮裏有趣的古玩及手工藝品商店、欣賞鎮裏的橫街小巷及見證了加利西亞輝煌歴史的廣場、找找小巷裏吃西班牙特色小食「tapas」的餐廳及吃加利西利八爪魚的「Pulperia」小食店。
蓬特韋德拉位於主要公路的旁邊,從維戈機場出發車程只需半小時,是遊覽加利西亞省 Rias Baixas 區不能錯過的一站。
蓬特韋德拉官方網頁:http://www.visit-pontevedra.com/ing/



























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