Wander around the beautiful countryside
surrounding Eido Vello. If you climb up into the hills you may come across examples of the many rock drawings that are to be found in this area.
Have lunch on the patio
and you can enjoy the wonderful views over the valley below.
The Gondomar Valley is a tranquil haven
that produces a wine known as Val Miñor. Pick up a bottle or two in Gondomar town and whilst there, pay a visit to the enormous Gondomar Manor House dating from the 16 century. Gondomar is a good place to buy wickerwork too.
Call into the port where colourful fishing boats line up at the edge of the beach. It's a good spot to enjoy a lingering lunch with some excellent open-air restaurants offering an amazing choice of seafood.
Patos beach close to Nigrán is the place to go. It's known as the 'beach of the waves' and there are a couple of surf schools based there too. Added bonus is the view over the Cies, plus the lovely white sand.
Gondomar is famous in Galicia for its 'rosquillas',
a sweet delicacy similar to a doughnut - and on the first Sunday in July you try as many as you want in the 'Fiesta de Rosquillas'.
If you are a fishing enthusiast
then river fishing is possible along a 6.90 km stretch of the Rio Miñor. Licences are available from the Cafetería in the Hotel Cristaleiro in Gondomar.
Get close to nature
in the Monte Aloia National Park just a short distance away. With around 10 kms of paths, there are 5 walking routes running alongside streams, water mills or pre-historic excavations plus a 'botanical garden' path.
Take an evening stroll along the promenade in Baiona
the seafront has great views over the bay and the boats arriving in the Marina. It's around 12 kms long so you might feel the need to stop for a cool glass of local wine in one of the cafés which line the street.
In 1493 a ship called the Pinta
made its way into Baiona port to announce the discovery of the New World. You can visit a replica of the vessel in Baiona Harbour decked out as it was in the days of Christopher Columbus, with models of the crew, native Americans and even the exotic animals of the newly discovered land.
Rising above the seaside town of A Guarda is Santa Tecla,
a Celtic settlement now restored and with a museum and a shrine, one of the best of its type in Galicia. The entry price is very low and the views from the top of the hill over the River Miño towards Portugal and the Atlantic are wonderful. Not far from Baiona, on the coast road south. Follow up with an excellent fish dish in A Guarda, renowned for its seafood.
Pazos, the large manor houses.
During the Middle Ages, the lands around Gondomar were divided between various noble families who all built large manor houses which still survive today. A little further afield (near A Estrada) the Pazo de Oca, is particularly worthy of a visit as it has the oldest garden in Galicia. In it you'll find species of native and exotic trees that are now centuries old, beautiful ponds and fountains all of which contribute to its nickname of 'the Galician Versailles'.
The best known monument of Baiona is probably the Virgen de la Roca,
inaugurated in 1930. You can climb up the 15 metres high statue and take in the views from from the boat-shaped look out point in her right hand. If you still have the energy after the climb you can take the children to the huge playground built nearby. On the last Sunday in August a festival is held at the Roca in honour of Our Lady.
Vigo is justly proud of its Museum 'Quiñones de León' housed in a Galician Manor house, one of the best preserved of its type. It has nearly 300,000 square metres of parkland and gardens, including English, French and Rose gardens. Also, every summer live performances of all types of music, dancing and theatre are held there.
Head to the beach..
Nearby Nigran has 3 of the best Blue Flag beaches in the vicinity. Playa America is 1.7 kms long and joins up with the neighbouring beach at Panxon, itself 1 km long. A short distance over a headland lies Patos beach which faces the Atlantic and therefore has larger waves great for bodyboarding and surfing. In 2013, Baiona was awarded the 'Quality Coast Award' coming 2nd in Spain only behind Fuerteventura.
Pontevedra lies on the Pilgrim's route
from Portugal to Santiago and the old part is probably the most beautiful and best preserved in Galicia. The Zona Monumental contains many noteworthy buildings of historical interest and is well worth a visit. Much of the city is now pedestrianised, so pick up a map and a walking route from the tourist office for a step-by-step sightseer's guide. A stop for a tapas lunch in the beautiful Plaza de la Leña is a must.
For fans of Modern Art...
the Museo de Arte Contemporanea in Vigo is housed in a former prison which has been converted into several spacious galleries.Entry is free and exhibitions are changed regularly. There is also an excellent coffee shop and restaurant on the site. The museum is located in the heart of the city's commercial quarter, i.e.the pedestrian and centrally situated Principe Street,
Explore the coast road from Baiona to Tui
First, stop at the Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia, declared a Historic-Artistic Monument of National Interest in 1931. Its location on the sea and in an elevated area for defensive reasons, makes it a very unique monastery. You can visit the cloisters, monastic garden and several rooms of the monastery. Visit the Iron Age fort at Monte Tecla and lunch on lobster in A Guarda. Continue on to Tui, passing through the wine growing area of O Rosal, where you can call in to a bodega to sample the wines. Tui itself is a stopover point on the Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela and the old town is well worth a visit.
Take a ferry from Baiona to the Cies Islands,
now a National Park, to enjoy a lazy day on the fabulous beaches of fine white sand. Or walk through the sand dunes to sweet-smelling eucalyptus groves, watch for rare species of birds or enjoy a meal in the islands' restaurant.
Sit back and enjoy a cruise along the Minho River,
probably the most beautiful of the Galician Rías, and view Spain from one side and Portugal from the other! Tours start from the port at Camposancos.
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