This locality is called after the Roman bridge linking the provinces of A Coruña and Pontevedra. The Ulla River delimits one of the Galician regions where lamprey is the undisputed culinary star, the result of artisanal fishing techniques that go back for centuries; it also has its own gastronomy festival.

Viewpoints featuring panoramic views of the fantastic valley surrounding Pontecesures, a food market with the best local produce and numerous heritage sites related to the history of this municipality that goes back to the 1st century AD, complete the tourist sights of this destination where the Mar de Santiago sea-river route links with the Portuguese Way.

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Roman bridge

Erected in the 1st c. AD, Pontecesures’ bridge is an outstanding example of Roman civil engineering. It was originally several kilometres long and its 12 remaining arches still make up an infrastructure linking the municipalities of Pontecesures and Padrón. It is therefore an obligatory crossing point for those following the Portuguese route of the
Camino (Way of St. James).

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Casa de la Lamprea

Pontecesures’ “Plaza de Abastos” (food market), right beside the river port, is the perfect place for buying lamprey. Outside the building there is an annexe known precisely as “Casa de la Lamprea” (Lamprey House), which features photographs and detailed information about this ancient fish that inhabits the Ulla River.

Pontecesures’ “Plaza de Abastos” (food market), right beside the river port, is the perfect place for buying lamprey. Outside the building there is an annexe known precisely as “Casa de la Lamprea” (Lamprey House), which features photographs and detailed information about this ancient fish that inhabits the Ulla River.

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Plaza de abastos y Casa de la Lamprea

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River port

In addition to being the last stop of the Mar de Santiago destination and the point of arrival for the boats sailing along our sea-river route, the port of Pontecesures is where you can frequently see the vessels used by the so-called “valeiros,” the fishermen specialising in catching lamprey. From the port walkway you can usually see them working during the fishing season.

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Lamprey Festival

The Lamprey Festival is one of the Mar de Santiago destination’s main gastronomy events. It is held between late March and early April, in a large tent that is set up in the surroundings of the river port so that all visitors can enjoy different lamprey recipes, especially the traditional one: lamprey in Bordelaise sauce.

The Lamprey Festival is one of the Mar de Santiago destination’s main gastronomy events. It is held between late March and early April, in a large tent that is set up in the surroundings of the river port so that all visitors can enjoy different lamprey recipes, especially the traditional one: lamprey in Bordelaise sauce.

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Lamprey Festival

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