Ponteceso is a town located at the beginning of the Ría de Corme and Laxe, in the estuary of the Anllóns River. Its toponym, from the Latin Pontem Caesum (cut bridge) or perhaps from “bridge over the River Zeso” (old name of the River Anllóns), shows the historical importance of its bridge since Roman times, as a connector of both banks of the estuary.
With a vast historical heritage, you can find a lot of prehistoric remains and pre-Roman castreña culture, but Ponteceso is especially known for being the birthplace of the bard Eduardo Pondal, author of the lyrics of the Galician Hymn.
what to see and do in ponteceso
To know the life and work of Eduardo Pondal is to get closer to the Galician feeling of love to the land. This is the mission of the Eduardo Pondal Foundation, which seeks to honour and exalt the figure of this nineteenth-century poet and Galician culture. In addition, the house where the author was born is still preserved, where you can learn more about the Bard of Bergantiños.
Ethnoludic Museum of Galicia (MELGA)
This museum has the mission to preserve, investigate and spread the traditional games and sports of Galicia, as well as the history of the toy. It is a commitment to the recreational past, and not only in Galicia, as it contains funds from other parts of Spain and even the world. It contains the collection that for 35 years the local researcher Ricardo Pérez y Verdes gathered and then gave it to this unique museum.
Dunes of A Barra
Set of dunes of almost 2000 meters long and 400 meters wide that go from the top of Monte Branco to the Alto de As Travesas. It is a place of transit of birds, with an enormous ornithological importance. A walk to them, through the Malecón de Ponteceso Promenade, is a pleasant proposal for recreation, as the landscape is unique in beauty.
Beaches, dunes, streams, mountains… the rich natural heritage of Ponteceso will take you from the noisy bravura of the ocean to the calm of the estuary of the Anllóns River, where you can still hear the ringing of the bard Pondal’s bells together with the sound of the varied winged fauna.