Discover the beaches of Baiona town.
There are 6 stretches of sand in the town itself, sheltered from the wind and currents. The 'pirate' Francis Drake landed on the Santa Marta beach in an attempt to attack Baiona. The beach is now one of many Blue Flag beaches in the area.
Explore the regional capital Vigo,
the second largest fishing port in the world. Soak up the atmosphere of the cobbled streets around the Rua Pescaderia and walk through the adjacent park to capture some amazing views of the Ria.
Sample some of the best sea food available in Europe
in the many tapas bars and restaurants of Vigo, much of which is uniquely bred in the local Rias. Try the oysters, delicious with a glass of the local Ribeiro wine!
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.
Indulge yourself in one of the many spas in the region
which claim to offer benefits not only to your skin but also to your general well-being. Most of all though it is a perfect way to relax. There is one just outside Baiona (Talaso Atlantico) with a sea-water swimming pool and a gym included . It also offers child minding facilities and an excellent restaurant too.
The beach of the Friars, in Baiona town,
just 80 metres wide, was the favourite bathing place of the Franciscan monks who lived in the nearby Fort of Monterreal. They reached the beach via a door in the fortress walls. The monks had moved by the mid 19th century but the door is still in existence
Walking routes on the Island of Ons.
Although the beaches are so inviting there are excellent marked walking routes to tempt you away, including the route to the lighthouse, nature and historical routes. There are also guides available to conduct guided tours if preferred.
A Ramallosa, on the way to América beach,
has a splendid medieval bridge across the Miño river and is a source for one of the many Galicia legends. It is here that women who were three months pregnant would come to perform superstitious rites in the hope of guaranteeing a safe and easy birth. Look for St. Telmo's cross on the bridge and the 'All Saints Chest' under it too.
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.
Tui is a pretty border town on the edge of the Minho River.
Dating from Roman times, and one of the seven ancient capitals of Galicia, the town has much worthwhile architecture scattered through its narrow, granite lanes. If you find the Clares Convent be sure to buy some of the almond cakes made by the nuns who live there.
Seafood at O Grove
For late season visitors to Galicia, indulge yourself at O Grove which becomes seafood party central during the first two weeks of October! Seafood menus, stalls on the quayside, cookery demonstrations and delicious local wines, O Grove has them all. Expect fresh langoustines, crabs, shrimp, octopus and squid plus inshore and deep sea fish. Plus barnacles, a local delicacy.
Head down to the Paseo Maritimo to watch the sunset
Start at the northern most end of Playa America, and stroll along the pedestrianised promenade which follows the line of the beach all the way around the bay, and stop off here and there when you find a nice coffee or wine bar or restaurant where you could have something to drink, a meal or just a snack overlooking the sunset to the West of Spain.
Virgen de la Roca
The statue was designed by Antonio Palacios and built between 1910 and 1930 and stands at an impressive fifteen and a half metres, which makes for some creative picture taking! You can reach the top of the statue by climbing the steps which circles up to a platform from which you will see a fantastic view of the Atlantic ocean, another amazing opportunity for photos over the enormous stretch of blue water and sky. Inside the statue there is a small box in which you will find a selection of silver and gold coins, and information telling you about the Virgin.
Visit the Castillo de Monte Real
Originally built in the 1500s as a fort to protect Baiona from enemy pirate ships. Nowadays there is 4-star luxury hotel inside the walls, but a walk along the beach in front of the old historic exterior still offers some impressive views. It is located on the Monte Boi peninsula and is a short drive from the house. There is a small charge for entrance but it is well worth the visit for the beautiful views and the amazing sunsets over the Ria.
Watch the sun go down in Samil.
From the terraces that line the beach where you can sip a cocktail and see the spectacular sunset over the Atlantic ocean in a unique setting.
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. The boat departs at regular intervals and also returns frequently back to the mainland.
There are 437 square miles of Forest Parks in the hills behind Vigo with fountains, rivers and streams to make your walk even more enjoyable. With a total of 12 parks, there are nature trails suitable for children, picnic/barbecue areas and plenty of viewing areas from which to admire the views.
Explore the nearby Morrazo Peninsular
Situated between the two rias of Pontevedra and Vigo, it possesses some of the most attractive and varied beaches of the Rias Baixas. Two of the nicest (Barra and Nerga, the former a naturist beach) are approached through the shade of the pine trees and dunes that form their backdrop.There are many other beaches to explore such as the pretty beach of Menduina and the beach at Bon which has calm seas and a play area - fun for children.
If you fancy some surfing action...
If you find yourself with itchy feet staring out across the Atlantic why not try out, or get some extra practice in surfing! Prado Surf, just north of Baiona on the Playa de Patos in Nigrán offers surfing, paddle surfing, long boarding and body boarding lessons and courses. They have 15 years of experience teaching people how to master the waves, so if you fancy a go you will be in very capable hands. Prices are on request. The instructors are all Spanish so it is probably advised to be able to speak a bit of Spanish yourself to make sure you understand their instructions.
Minho River Trip
Take a boat trip along the Minho river, the winding stretch of water which separates Spain and Portugal. The trip starts in A Guarda and takes you up the river and into mainland Spain/Portugal. The trips are either one hour or a full day. There are some beautiful views to be seen of the local landscape and nearby nature and wildlife along the way so take a camera as it will be a great photo opportunity!
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