Things to do in Pontevedra

Our most recommended things to do in Pontevedra

Rías Baixas: Boat Trip, Mussels, Wine, and Winery Visit Tour

1. Rías Baixas: Boat Trip, Mussels, Wine, and Winery Visit Tour

Stop at O Grove Town, the perfect village for spending time in tranquility, and experiencing the sensations of the real and genuine Galicia. Enjoy the rural atmosphere away from tourism and have a pleasant break and Galician meal. Take a walk through the vineyards of the very prestigious Albariño. Have the opportunity to learn about the production of this excellent wine as well as engage in a tasting of three wines of the denomination Rias Baixas in good company.  Next, stop at the shrine of “la Lanzada.” Get a full overview of this mystical place, established in the 9th century, and take a beautiful walk. Cross part of the bay of Poio, and see beauty contained on a giant rock upon which it is built. See the granaries that surround it, the houses overlooking the sea, and the several stone crosses typical of Galicia, called Cruceiros, which are on the site. Tour the characteristic streets and squares of this place, and have the possibility to take a real and authentic journey through time, as well as visit an area of great ecological value.  Next stop at the island of Toja, famous for the production of soap and for its hot springs, located in an area called Red Natura 2000. Discover a small museum of the old soap factory and a chapel completely covered with shells. End with a tour of the sea, during which you will admire and face directly the production of mussels, oysters, and scallops, making different stops to contemplate the watering holes.  Taste steamed mussels in great quantity accompanied by one of the best local Albariño wines (Condes de Albarei) and shots of Crema de Orujo.

From Santiago: Rías Baixas Galicia Seafood & Wine Day Tour

2. From Santiago: Rías Baixas Galicia Seafood & Wine Day Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Santiago de Compostela and discover the best of Rías Baixas. Immerse yourself in Albariño wine and Galician seafood. Enjoy a scenic boat cruise along the estuary and learn about mussel, oyster and scallop growing at the best place of Europe for that. At the first stop, take a walk along local vines of Albariño grapes and learn about the production of this wonderful white wine from local guides of one of the most exclusive cellars in the region. After the visit, taste 3 amazing varieties of Albariño wine which can´t be found in normal markets or restaurants, wines which are sold at the best restaurants of Europe and the most exclusive markets of the world. Move onward to one of the most spectacular beaches in Galicia, the beach of La Lanzada. Travel back in time to the 10th century to get acquainted with its history and legends. Next, the island of La Toja waits for you with its thermal history and interesting industrial past in making Spain's best soap. Discover the world of shellfish breeding on a cruise. Sail on a route passing through countless "bateas" from where the best mussels, oysters and scallops come from. Eat as many mussels as you wish, freshly picked from the water and boiled in albariño wine. All this is accompanied by as much white local wine as you want, soft drinks, water and liqueur shots. Then make your way to the beautiful village of Combarro, built on a giant rock and dotted with "horreos", fishermen's houses and lots of stone crosses. Take a walk through tiny streets, squares, and an area of high ecological value. Centuries of history along stone streets, small shops and lots of beautiful bars and restaurants. Next, it's time to breathe in one of the only places of the Low Estuaries where we can find the native Galician forest. Enjoy the native nature of Galicia by a tiny river flowing through granite rocks and full of mills and small waterfalls.

From A Coruña: Rías Baixas Day Trip

3. From A Coruña: Rías Baixas Day Trip

Visit the region of Rías Baixas on this day trip from A Coruña. Take a guided tour in the historic center of Pontevedra, visit the fishing village of Combarro, and see the natural landscapes of Illa da Toxa. Also, enjoy a boat trip with a tasting of mussels and wine. The first stop of your day trip is in Pontevedra, where you will have a walking tour of its historic center. Wander through the city's pedestrian-friendly streets and see the Church of the Pilgrim Virgin, the Ruins of San Domingo, and many more important sites. After your tour head to Combarro. Arrive at the fishing village of Combarro and be charmed as you tour its cobbled streets and see the facades of its buildings. After your tour, leave Combarro and head to Illa da Toxa. Illa da Toxa is a popular travel destination, known for the Chapel of the Shells, the soap factory, and its natural landscapes. Take another guided tour and then take a boat trip through the Ría de Arousa. During your boat trip see the mussel rafts and enjoy a tasting of local quality wine and mussels. Make a stop in O Grove and have the opportunity to taste local dishes during your free time for lunch. Afterward, head to Cambados, the capital of Albariño, and one of the most important points of the Rías Baixas. Finish your day with a visit to an Albariño wine cellar, where you will taste 3 different varieties of wine. Learn the entire process of wine elaboration, labeling, and production.

Rías Baixas: Guided Day Tour from Santiago with Boat Ride

4. Rías Baixas: Guided Day Tour from Santiago with Boat Ride

You’ll depart Santiago de Compostela at 09:15 AM by bus for a 9-hour excursion to Rias Baixas, returning at around 07:00 PM. Detailed Itinerary Pontevedra: Visit the old town of Pontevedra and discover one of the best-preserved historic centers in Galicia. Founded in Roman times it was the main engine of the region for centuries. See the ruins of Santo Domingo, the Church of the Peregrina, and other monuments on a tour of the most interesting parts of the monumental area. Combarro: Stop to admire this picturesque town that’s the perfect example of popular architecture, and features an abundance of granaries and stone crosses. Take a river boat ride with a visit to the mussel rafts and the island of Tambo. Enjoy mussels and wine onboard. Afterwards, you’ll have free time for lunch. A Lanzada Beach: This is one of the most famous beaches in Galicia. Its fine sand, 2.5 kilometers (about 1.5 miles) of open water, amenities, and cleanliness make it worthy of the Blue Flag year after year. Cambados: Visit the Plaza de Fefiñanes, a charming space that’s home to the 17th-century manor giving the square its name. See the arch bridge, the Church of San Benito, and a group of houses built in the popular architectural style.

NEW!! Pontevedra: Private Walking Tour with local guide

5. NEW!! Pontevedra: Private Walking Tour with local guide

Experience the wonders of Pontevedra on this 2-hour private walking tour. Immerse yourself in the architecture, art history and discover the hidden gems of the city. Meet your expert tour guide in the center of Pontevedra at Praza da Ferrería or add an optional pickup at your hotel. Explore this ancient city, known as the good city. Learn how it has changed over the last two millennia from Roman times to the present day. Stroll through the streets to the historical old town and discover one of the best-preserved historic centers in Galicia. See the ruins of Santo Domingo, the Church of the Peregrina, and other intriguing monumental along the walk.

Granbazán Winery: Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

6. Granbazán Winery: Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore the Granbazán Winery on a guided tour that includes a tasting of its fine wines paired with typical Galician foods and the opportunity to unwind as you stroll throughout the vineyard.  Discover the origins of viticulture in the Rias Baixas as your guide leads you around the complex. See the winery and vineyards and taste the wines accompanied by a traditional Galician aperitif. Enjoy a relaxing hike through the forest, past the rivers and mill routes, as well as numerous nearby points with great architectural and cultural value. Admire the beautiful landscapes that make this winery even more special.

Rias Baixas Tour from Santiago de Compostela

7. Rias Baixas Tour from Santiago de Compostela

Visit Rias Baixas, known for its winemaking traditions and stunning natural landscapes. On this 9-hour excursion, enjoy the area's art, history, wine, and succulent seafood. Stop in Pontevedra, and explore this ancient town with an official guide. Visit Combarro, a picturesque place known for its unique architecture, Galician hórreos, and charming streets. Continue to Cambados, which was designated European City of Wine 2017.

Pontevedra: Galician Cooking Class with Chef Instructor

8. Pontevedra: Galician Cooking Class with Chef Instructor

Enjoy a hands-on cooking class and cookery workshop at a local chef's kitchen in Pontevedra and savor the fruits of your labor over a 3-course lunch. Learn the secrets of local seafood recipes that the chef inherited from her grandmother. Meet your friendly chef in a beautiful quinta (Spanish estate) overlooking the sea. Enjoy a glass of wine paired with local cheese before starting the workshop. Select seasonal ingredients to prepare and cook an authentic Galician meal. Learn the history and curiosities of of the food produced. Prepare a starter, main dish and a dessert to enjoy at the end of your class. Enjoy a glass of Albariño wine while you prepare your delicious recipes. Finish your class by sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your hard work over lunch, served with plenty of wine. Typical menu: • Tuna pie • Clams with codium seaweed • Steamed mussels • Seafood soup rice • Santiago cake

Galicia: Pontevedra & Vigo Christmas Lights Tour and Cruise

9. Galicia: Pontevedra & Vigo Christmas Lights Tour and Cruise

Explore one of the most spectacular old towns of Spain, amazing squares, incredible churches, amazing medieval streets... and no traffic. Enjoy the experience of crossing one city which is prepared for people, not for cars. After meeting your guide, head to the first stop of the tour: Pontevedra. After a nice walk we´ll meet back at the Town Hall and drive towards the Estuary of Vigo, to the fisherman town of Moaña. Experience crossing the estuary by boat. A short cruise between mussel farms and with amazing views of the Cíes Islands. After arriveing to Vigo, we´ll explore the old town of the city, one of the most important fishing ports of Europe. Our guide will carry us to the KM0 of the christmas lights. There, we will have free time to enjoy markets, street shows, gastronomy, and the most spectacular christmas ilumination of the world. Meet back at the meeting point (port of Vigo) and return by boat to Moaña first and then by bus to Pontevedra and Santiago

Galicia: Group Winery Tour and Tasting

10. Galicia: Group Winery Tour and Tasting

Experience Albarino wines with this group tour in the southwest of the province of Pontevedra, in the lush O Rosal valley. Savor some distinct local wines and leave with a bottle from the winery and an official corkscrew. Tour a winery that produces white wines with noble varieties within the Denomination of Origin Rías Baixas and one of five offical D.O of Galicia. See how the winery combines and balances traditional methods with advanced scientific processes. Be welcomed by your sommelier and guide. Drive by van through the vineyards, and a visit the winery. Sip two of the the finest wines produced by the winery paired with breadcrumbs.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 449 reviews

Great trip for the family! Unlimited fresh muscle on the boat, probably ate 2kg per person. It is a great opportunity to learn about Galician traditions.

Enjoyed the trip, especially the boat ride with mussels and drinks, it was so delicious! The view during the boat ride is beautiful!

We had a great time and it was a lots of fun. It was worth it all the way. I highly recommend this tour

Excellent, very professional guide in 2 language ( Spanish and Gallego).

Tour maravilloso!!! Vale la pena hacerlo!!! La guía excelente!!!