Praza dos Irmáns García Naveira

The sprawling main square is named after two Betanzos brothers whose statue stands in its centre. Juan and Jesús García Naveira made a fortune in Argentina then returned home to do good works in the late 19th century. Around 50,000 people cram into the square as midnight approaches on 16 August to witness the release of an enormous paper hot-air balloon during the Fiestas de San Roque.

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1. Museo das Mariñas

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Just around the corner from the main square, this museum peers into traditional Galician life with exhibits ranging from the mundane (old coffee mugs) to…

2. Old Town

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Take Rúa Castro up from the central Praza Irmáns García Naveira to the handsome Praza da Constitución, flanked by a couple of appealing cafes along with…

3. Igrexa de San Francisco

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4. Torreón dos Andrade

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The stout, 18m-high Andrade Tower was erected in the late 14th century, probably by Fernán Pérez de Andrade 'O Boo' (The Good), who fought on the winning…

5. Mosteiro de Monfero

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6. Museo Arqueológico e Histórico

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7. Museo Militar

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The Military Museum showcases an assembly of arms, uniforms, banners and other military gear from the 18th to 20th centuries.

8. Xardín de San Carlos

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The British General Sir John Moore (killed in the nearby Battle of Elviña in 1809, leading a British force against the French who had invaded Spain) lies…