The Feira Franca is festival that takes place the first weekend in September. It is based on the privilege granted by King Henry IV in 1467, under which authorized the holding of a free tax market for a month-long, two weeks before and two weeks after the August 24, the feast of St. Bartholomew.
The granting of the Feira Franca coincides with a period of economic strength of the city, which lasted until the final decades of the sixteenth century. Fishing and trade were then the two pillars of economic development in Pontevedra, at that time the most populous town in Galicia.
The construction of the Basilica of Santa Maria during the sixteenth century, driven by the powerful Brotherhood of the Holy Body, is the artistic highlight of that period of glory.
Retrieved in the early twenty-first century, the Feira Franca is a great medieval market where crafts, food, knightly tournaments, recreation of the transportation of wine, street entertainment and other historical and cultural activities match in a festival in that a great number of neighbours and visitors, compete for the originality of their medieval dresses in a true spectacle of flavours and colours.
Entertainment and cultural events are part of the tight schedule for this fair, which begins Friday and ends on Saturday night, which, how couldn´t it be otherwise in the case of Pontevedra, the gastronomy has a special role.
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