Betanzos

Information about Betanzos

On a hill overlooking the rivers Mendo and Mandeo is the elegant city of Betanzos, former capital of the Kingdom of Galicia, which welcomes pilgrims from all over the world with its stately bearing. A place where you will discover the moving story of the brothers who made it progress, an enigmatic park that was once the best in the world and the world’s richest tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette).

A great part of the history of Betanzos goes hand in hand with the Naveira brothers, Juan and Jesús. Two brothers who, like so many Galician people, decided to emigrate to America in 1869. There they managed to make a certain fortune and 24 years later they returned to their homeland determined not only to build their own Indian houses, but also to invest a large part of their fortune in constructing a series of social buildings to create jobs and improve the lives of their neighbours.

What to see and do in Betanzos

Betanzos Old Town

Declared ahistoric-artistic site in 1970, it is one of the best preserved historic centres in Galicia. In its oldest buildings the Gothic style dominates, as well as good examples of popular architecture reflected in its glazed galleries, its wooden balconies and its hórreos (granaries).

Constitution Square

In the Plaza de la Constitución is the 18th century Town Hall, the work of Ventura Rodríguez, and the Bendaña Palace, from the 15th century and rebuilt in the 17th century. Next to it stands the Centro Internacional de Estampa Contemporánea, in the old Casa Núñez. The square is dominated by the 16th century Clock Tower, which is attached to the church of Santiago.

Plaza del Campo

Also called Naveira Square, it is dominated by a statue of the Naveira brothers, the great benefactors of Betanzos. It is located in the nerve centre of the city and is the place where the fair is held. In the center we find the Fountain of Diana Cazadora.