Pontevedra is the city that opens its province's interior to the sea. Pontevedra is a crossroads in a privileged, strategic location, on the last bend of the River Lérez before it flows into the ria. This location gave rise to its Roman origins, next to a bridge that crossed a roadway joining Braga, Lugo and Pontevedra. Legends and traditions, however, tell that it was founded by the Greek hero Teucer, who took part in the Trojan War.
The city of Pontevedra's old quarter is considered to be the second most interesting in Galicia, after Santiago de Compostela. Integrated totally within the city and having benefitted from an extensive rehabilitation and refurbishment programme, the old quarter of Pontevedra is almost entirely pedestrian. Pontevedra' old quarter comprises national monuments such as the Basilica of Santa María la Mayor or religious buildings like the Chapel of Las Apariciones, the Convent of Santa Clara, the Church of La Peregrina, the ruins of Santo Domingo and the Church of San Francisco.
Pontevedra's old quarter constitutes the finest example for understanding traditional urban structure in Galicia, which can be seen in its streets and squares such as Ferrería, Teucro, Leña, Verdura, Mugartegui or Méndez Núñez.