Stroll down to the port area of Aguete
and watch the boats arriving as the evening sun begins to set.
Climb the Monte Faro lighthouse
on the Islas Cies, a 90 minute ascent rewarded by spectacular views of the Vigo estuary..
La Toja is home to a 'Balneario'
of spas and thermal waters. Take the bridge over to the island to take the waters, renowned for their healing effects on the skin. You can buy some pampering goodies to take home with you here in the little shop which also serves as an informative museum.
Portonovo on the opposite bank
of the Ria de Pontevedra must be visited to sample traditional food a la Gallega with skate and floury potatoes all delicately cooked in a deliciously rich sauce.
A trip to Santiago is obligatory!
The jewel of Galicia where, for more than 1000 years, pilgrims have gathered from all over Europe. Visit the impressive cathedral, the Plaza del Obradoiro and the old pilgrims' hospital, now a luxurious Parador.
Interested in nautical history? Visit the Maritime Museum in Bueu
which has grown from the area's fish processing industry. The museum contains maritime ethnography, nautical instruments and furniture and interesting archaelogical remains.
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.
The Morrazo Peninsular,
situated between the two rias of Pontevedra and Vigo,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.
The Monastery of Poio.
A fascinating and atmospheric monastery officially declared to be of historic and artistic interest dating from the year 942 or possibly even earlier. It has a interesting library containing the smallest book in the World, an impressive mural of mosaic depicting the French road to Santiago and possibly the largest horreo to be found in Galicia.
The fish auction in Bueu
is one of the best in the region. Be there for the afternoon arrival of the catch at 5 pm.
Try some typical Galician dishes -
octopus, potatoes and chorizo, Galician stew and empanadas. Empanada is a pie which can contain anything and everything - but is most likely to have tuna, seafood or pork.
Spend a relaxing day river bathing and picnicking on the banks of the River Verdugo
near Pontecaldelas. Follow the signs for 'Praia Fluvial' by the bridge - there is parking there too and fields and woodland to wander through.
It takes just 30 minutes or so to walk (or you can drive) over the iron bridge (built by Gustave Eiffel) to the Portuguese walled town of Valença, a quaint and picturesque place with lovely views over to Tui. And if you happen to need some more towels for the beach this is the place to buy them.
Follow the Albariño wine tour,
'the wine of the sea', as far as the fishing village of Combarro. The Rias Baixas produce one of the finest white wines in Spain and you can often buy fresh local produce in little stores which will be unique to the area.
Sanxenxo has a stunning beach with white sand
and clear waters and an upmarket holiday atmosphere. The promenade and numerous cafés bordering the beach are great for strolling and people watching too!
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.
With its beautiful old town,
Pontevedra is not only a feast to the eyes but also the taste buds! Try some Iberian pork, some delicious Spanish cheeses or the unforgettable home smoked salmon from the Meson area situated behind the Town Hall. If you would like to see a bull ring, take the opportunity whilst visiting - Galica's only bull ring is here and the tradition of bull fighting is still strong.
Galicia has many thermal springs
with reputed medicinal qualities. The Thermal Village in Cuntis dates back to Roman times and many have claimed to have rid themselves of their aches and pains over the years. Now a new spa has been built which you can try for yourselves.
Baiona is a great place for it and for even more choice try Vigo. Four shopping centres here selling all kinds of goods plus take a look at the street dedicated to baskets. While there, pay a visit to the gallery displaying Sargadelos ceramics With exceptionally attractive figurines, plates and jewellery of a design unique to this part of Galicia you will find it hard to resist bringing home a piece! (Theres also a shop in Baiona.)
Windsurfers should head for La Lanzada beach
between Sanxenxo and O Grove. A spectacular beach, backed by sand dunes, from where you can still see the ruins of an old tower-fortress which was once part of the defense system of Santiago de Compostela
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.
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