If you are looking for a unique historical, cultural, or gastronomic experience, then Mar de Santiago features all kinds of possibilities. Our region has 4 museums that will captivate you. Thanks to their variety of subjects and resources, and a meticulous selection of material, you will be able to discover the secrets of Pontecesures, Valga, Catoira, and Vilanova de Arousa.
And so that you do not miss out on anything, here are their main highlights:
- Valle-Inclán House Museum
If you decide to travel along the alternative spiritual route of the Way of St. James, in Vilanova you can discover the life and work of the author of Luces de Bohemia. Ramón María del Valle Inclán was born in the house known as Casa do Cuadrante and here he spent the first years of his life.
Its first floor features an exhibition about his life, including gems such as first editions of his publications, periodicals, and other documents of interest. On the first floor you can immerse yourself in the period of Valle-Inclán. You can see a recreation of a typical home of that time, featuring different objects that belonged to the author.
- Cultural Torres de Oeste Activation Centre
Continuing with your trip around Mar de Santiago, you can go back in time in Catoira. Here you will find the recently refurbished Torres de Oeste Cultural Activation Centre.
The ground floor features an exhibition area that recreates a Viking longship. There you can discover more about the history of the Torres de Oeste Fort, the Nordic invasions, and how this area has evolved over time. You will be surprised by the audio-visual room in the basement, where you will be immersed in the internationally renowned Viking Festival, by means of an immersive video.
- Valga History Museum:
Another journey back in time is possible thanks to the Valga History Museum. Its four floors feature different exhibition spaces. Immerse yourself in the spirit of its illustrious residents, with areas devoted to La Belle Otero, considered the first internationally acclaimed Spanish actress. In addition to her dresses, you can also see posters (which accurately depict the Belle Époque) advertising her performances.
And if you would like to discover a traditional Galician house, you can see a recreation right beside the museum. A complete tour of the history, culture, and tradition of Valga and its surroundings.
- Lamprey House:
If you love local cuisine, in Pontecesures you will find a place especially devoted to it. The Lamprey House highlights the qualities of this singular, ancient fish, also known as the Lady of the Ulla River.
This small museum is located beside Pontecesures’ “Praza de Abastos” (food market). It contains documentation and audio-visual resources about lamprey fishing and the Lamprey Festival.
So now you know… ¡Enrich your trip around Mar de Santiago by visiting some of these 4 museums!