The aim of the interpretation centres distributed throughout the province of Pontevedra is to show visitors the cultural and historical heritage of our ancestors in an innovative and creative way. The lamprey, the wine, the petroglyphs, the canning industry, the fortified heritage or the decisive role of women in the traditional farming activities are just some of the aspects of our history that can be discovered during our visit to these centres through guided tours, workshops and a wide range of resources and audio-visual media.
Centro de Interpretación do Viño e da Lamprea (Arbo)
The Arabo Interpretation Centre is dedicated to the lamprey, a mysterious being of the Miño River, and to the wine of the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin produced in the are Condado do Tea. Located in the old school of the town, its main aim is to make known the strong bonds that the locals have with wine and lamprey. It is a three-storey building that provides information on the history of Arbo, the history of wine and the life of the lamprey, which is also the star of a food festival declared of National Tourist Interest in 2016. It also has an auditorium and a wine shop where you can taste the wines produced in up to nine wineries from the region.
Parque Arqueolóxico de Campo Lameiro
Covering an area of 20 hectares, the petroglyphs in the town of Campo Lameiro represent the greatest concentration of open-air rock art in Europe. The archaeological park of rock art offers detailed information on the petroglyphs and their meanings in an innovative way: how they were made, their most characteristic motifs and their meanings, so as to understand our ancestors’ lives. It also organises guided tours, theatre plays, evening visits and school workshops where visitors can learn in a collaborative and didactic way.
Centro de Interpretación da Conserva (A Illa de Arousa)
The entire production process of a 19th-century cannery is what we will discover if we visit Centro de Interpretación de la Conserva in A Illa de Arousa, whose Catalonian modernist building used to house the former Goday Factory, the first industrialised canning plant in Galicia. Nearby is the Muelle de Pau, a wooden jetty built in the early 20th century, where one can enjoy the natural and sea landscape in the inlet Ría de Arousa.
Centro de interpretación das Torres Arcebispais (Pontevedra)
One of the must-visits in the town of Pontevedra is the Centro de Interpretación das Torres Arcebispais, an underground museum that displays the walls that used to be part of the defensive moat of the ancient medieval fortress. The 12th century-castle was destroyed in the 18th century by the English, but its keep would remain as a prison until the 19th century, when it was demolished. At present, an audiovisual presentation of about 15 minutes explains in detail the purposes of the defensive wall.
Museo Meirande, Centro de Interpretación Batalla de Rande (Redondela)
The Meirande Museum is located in the impressive cove of San Simón, in the old premises of the Boyé cannery, popularly known as the German's factory. This museum is also known as the Interpretation Centre of the Battle of Vigo Bay, an important battle that took place in the Rande Strait on October 23, 1702 between the Anglo-Dutch and Spanish-French armies. This battle is described by Jules Verne in his novel Two Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. This space shows some examples of the rich industrial and naval heritage of the Ría de Vigo, such as 19th century steam engines, models of galleons and a replica of one of their holds, replicas of ingots and a navigation room with a large number of cartographic elements (compasses, navigation charts, astrolabes, etc.)
Centro de Interpretación das Telleiras (Sanxenxo)
Over the years, locals took advantage of the Intertidal Complex Umia-O Grove to extract the clay sediment in order to obtain bricks and tiles that were then processed in the so-called factories or telleiras. One of the purposes of the interpretation centre As Telleiras, located in an old factory on the coast of Sanxenxo, is to show the importance that this industry had for the economic development of the region. In the building, which covers an area of 2,600 m2, visitors can learn about the manufacture of tiles and bricks. Nearby, one can also visit the remains of an original 19th century kiln.
Centro de Interpretación dos Muíños (Meis)
On the left bank of the Armenteira River, there is a set of watermills built in 1700 to grind different types of grain. A good option to get to know these buildings, while enjoying the natural beauty of the province of Pontevedra, is to walk along the 6.5 kilometre-route known as Ruta da Pedra e da Auga, surrounded by a beautiful landscape. In one of these mills, known as the Muíño da Casa, is the Centro de Interpretación dos Muiños, which hosts a permanent exhibition in which you can observe the parts and functioning of a mill and learn more about this important activity in the province.
Centro de Interpretación da Muller Labrega (Meaño)
The objective of the Centro de Interpretación da Muller Labrega, located inland in the region of O Salnés, is to acknowledge the work of the Galician women. For years, they have sustained the whole family working both at home and in the fields. The centre, located in the baroque Pazo de Lis, in Meaño, hosts a newspaper library, a conference room and a permanent exhibition of linen, bread and sewing tools. Visitors can also watch a video which shows the role that women have played in the progress of the Galician society.
Centro de Interpretación Fluvial del río Umia (Ribadumia)
The Umia River rises near O Candán Hill, in Forcarei, and flows through the municipalities of A Estrada, Cuntis, Moraña, Caldas de Reis, Portas, Meis, Ribadumia and Cambados, to create a 404 km² basin surrounded by a beautiful landscape with a rich wildlife. There, an old fishermen's shelter hosts the interpretation centre of the Umia River. In addition, visitors will learn more about the importance that watermills, bridges, and fishing had for the locals’ sustenance.
Centro de Interpretación da Cultura Popular (Mondariz)
One of the gems of the fortified heritage in the province of Pontevedra is the Castle of Sobroso, which hosts the Centro de Interpretación da Cultura Popular. This museum has a permanent collection of garments and tools. It comprises four rooms, including examples of garments wore by locals in the 19th century, linen production or traditional trades (including tools used by basket makers, clog makers, carpenters or seamstresses, among others). There are also replicas of the rooms of a traditional Galician country house.
Centro de Interpretación do Castro de Vigo
In the very heart of the city of Vigo is the Monte do Castro, a hill at 150 metres above sea level, which offers stunning panoramic views. Moreover, it is also considered the green lung of the city because of the great variety of plants that grow there. On the slope of this hill is the pre-Roman archaeological site O Castro, of about 1,800 m2, dating from the 2nd century BC to the 3rd century AD. The interpretation centre includes the reconstruction of three castro buildings which show us how people lived 2,000 years ago.
Centro de Interpretación do Patrimonio de Taboexa (As Neves)
This heritage interpretation centre, in As Neves, was opened with the aim to make the cultural and historical heritage of the area known to current generations in a creative way. It hosts a permanent exhibition including archaeological and architectural elements that are part of our heritage, such a as castros, petroglyphs, chapels, cruceiros (stone crosses), petos de ánima (wayside shrines) or watermills…). Its four main aims are to research, protect, disseminate and promote this heritage by organising guided tours by prior appointment.
Centro de Interpretación O Quinteiro de Temperán (O Grove)
The Centro de Interpretación O Quinteiro de Temperán, in O Grove, is an 18th century old farmhouse that shows how life in the countryside used to be in Galicia. There, visitors will discover how houses were, as places where the family lived and economic activities were carried out for their own well-being and sustenance. In addition, this space serves as a museum to learn more about the ethnography of the area.