Discover the charming Ponte Maceira
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Introduction to Ponte Maceira
Ponte Maceira is a small and scenic town located in the province of A Coruña , in the autonomous community of Galicia, in northwestern Spain.
The village is on the banks of the river Tambre, in a natural environment that invites you to rest and relax.
A few kilometers away is the city of Santiago de Compostela , in fact many pilgrims pass through Ponte Maceira along the pilgrimage journey to Santiago de Compostela.
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The most important attraction of Ponte Maceira is its beautiful medieval bridge, which dates back to the 14th century.
And it is also an attration that we visit in our famous tour of Finisterre and Costa da Morte .
These are the best preserved medieval bridges of Galicia .
It is composed of three stone arches and stands on the river Tambre, offering wonderful views to tourists.
The bridge was built in the Middle Ages to allow the passage of people and goods between the two banks of the river.
Today, the bridge is a place to stroll and contemplate.
Despite its age, the bridge has withstood floods and storms that have affected the area over the years.
Another tourist attraction of Ponte Maceira is the water mill, an 18th century mill that still works today.
The mill is located on the bank of the Tambre River and is used to grind corn and wheat.
It is possible to see how the mill works and you can also buy freshly ground flour to take home.
SAN PEDRO'S CHURCH
The town of Ponte Maceira is also characterized by other tourist attractions, such as the church of San Pedro, a Romanesque church of the twelfth century, which is in the town square.
The church stands out for its stone structure and its sculptures.
Inside, there is the main altarpiece, a baroque work worth visiting.
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EL PAZO BALADRÓN
In the community of Galicia , the pazos are stately buildings that belonged to the wealthiest families.
This is another highlight of the community’s architectural heritage, so you’ll see them in any town or city.
This pazo is an impressive example of Galician architecture, with a granite façade, a central courtyard and a tower in the northwest corner of the building.
The interior of the house is equally impressive, with a series of rooms decorated with frescoes and antique tapestries, and an impressive collection of antique furniture.
HÓRREOS, CRUCEIROS AND PALOMARES
Hórreos, cruceiros and palomares are symbols of Galician identity.
The hórreos are facilities typical of Galicia, which were used to store food and farm tools.
These structures are erected on stone columns and have a wooden and stone structure that allows them to resist moisture and insects.
The granaries of Ponte Maceira are very famous for their incredible beauty and for their large number.
Some of them date from the 18th and 19th centuries and have been carefully restored to maintain their historical and cultural value.
The cruceiros are stone crosses that are placed on the roads and squares of Galician towns.
These crosses have great symbolic and religious significance, since they represent the cross of Christ and the way of salvation.
In Ponte Maceira you can find several cruzeiros of great beauty and antiquity, which are true jewels of the cultural heritage of Galicia.
Finally, dovecotes (better said pombal ) are buildings that were used for the breeding of pigeons, a practice widespread in Galicia until some years ago.
These buildings have a masonry structure and are usually erected on stone pillars, to prevent predators from accessing them.
In Ponte Maceira you can see several dovecotes that are a sample of the traditional way of life of the region.
The hórreos, cruceiros and palomares of Ponte Maceira are very important because they reflect the way of life of their people and their relationship with the environment.
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Apart from the monuments, in Ponte Maceira you can find a beautiful natural environment, with the river Tambre as the protagonist.
You can enjoy walks along the paths that are near the river, observing the flora and fauna of the place.
In conclusion, Ponte Maceira is a jewel of Galicia that you should not miss.