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Old Town in Betanzos

Old Town

Take Rúa Castro up from the central plaza into the oldest part of town. Handsome Praza da Constitución is flanked by a couple of appealing cafes along with the Romanesque/Gothic Igrexa de Santiago, whose main portic…
Church in Betanzos

Igrexa de San Francisco

This 14th-century Gothic church contains many carved-stone sepulchres of Galician nobility. Don't miss the sepulchre of Fernán Pérez de Andrade 'O Boo' (The Good), the local strongman who had the town's main three c…
Square in Betanzos

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 centur…
Galician in Betanzos

O Pote

One of several inviting taverns on two narrow streets descending from the central plaza, O Pote does a classic tortilla de Betanzos (the town's particularly gooey version of the standard Spanish potato omelette), pl…
Museum in Betanzos

Museo das Mariñas

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 the culturally significant (typical costumes), plus archaeolo…
Fiesta in Betanzos

Fiestas de San Roque

Betanzos parties in honour of its patron saint in August. As midnight approaches on 16 August around 50,000 people cram into the central square to witness the release of an enormous paper hot-air balloon 25m high.