Head to the beach
With 3 fantastic beaches within walking distance and many more just a short drive away, you are spoilt for choice!
Stroll along the walkway by the sea from Sanxenxo to Portonovo
as the sun sets for an apéritif before returning for dinner in one of Sanxenxo's many restaurants.
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.
Stop off at the preserved fishing village of Combarro
to see the famous view of its horreos (grain stores) lined up in perfect formation overlooking the banks of the Ria of Pontevedra. Call in to one of the little bodegas for a typical 'empanada'.
Music, processions, food-tasting, fireworks and traditional dancing
are just some of the events taking place in the many fiestas held in and around Sanxenxo in the summer months. Watch for musicians in traditional costume playing the 'gaita galega' (bagpipes).
Try the famous peppers
Padrón is home to the famous 'Pimientas de Padrón'. These tasty little peppers, originally from Mexico, are now grown throughout the region to meet the high demand. Try them roasted in oil but watch out for the occasional really hot one! Dedicated pepper fans can visit the pepper festival held in the town in August.
Enjoy some of the best seafood available anywhere in the world!
Galicia is world renowned for its seafood, famed for its excellent quality and intensity of flavour. With so many great restaurants nearby offering freshly caught local produce, you'd be mad not to try it.
Try some Galician wines
For lovers of white wine there's the famous and fruity Albariño whilst fans of red can opt for a glass of Mencía. One thing that both these wines have in common is their crisp style and fresh character making them very drinkable indeed!
La Lanzada beach
Galicia is steeped in legends - it is said, for example, that when God put his hand down on the earth between the Atlantic sea and Galicia he formed the Rias with his fingers. La Lanzada beach between Sanxenxo and O Grove has its legends too and women still go there to perform the Ritual of the Nine Waves to guarantee their fertility. It is a glorious sandy beach backed by dunes and great for beach and seaside activities.
Pay a visit to the aquarium at O'Grove,
built on a strip of land almost entirely surrounded by the sea. The children will love to watch the otters playing and get a close up view of octopus!
Soak up the atmosphere in the cobbled streets around the Rua Pescaderia and walk through the adjacent park to capture some amazing views of the Ria which plays such an important part in the life of this fascinating city, the second largest fishing port in the world.
Relax on one of the world's best beaches
A short ferry crossing from Vigo or Baiona will take you to the stunning Cies Islands and the world famous Playa de Rodas, named the best beach in the world by the Guardian Newspaper in 2007.
Learn about wine at the Wine Museum in Cambados.
All you need to know about cultivation, history and processing of the Albariño wine. Combine with a visit to a bodega - there are many on the roads around Cambados or Tui. (A tour lasts about an hour.)
Sanxenxo 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!
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 hórreo (grain store) to be found in Galicia.
Enjoy the thrills of Quad-biking through the dunes
on the beach of La Lanzada, and afterwards relax while sipping a cold drink in the shade of the local beach bars.
Look for the 'Cruceiros'
As you drive around the countryside look out for the 'Cruceiros' . Made of stone, these crosses are generally found at the entrance to churches or on crossroads and are respresentative of Galician culture and art. They are also full of legends and offer amongst many other things, protection for the weary traveller.
Ons Island on the Pontevedra Ria,
presents contrasting coastlines - craggy rocks to the West with steep cliffs and caves, and fine white sandy beaches to the East. During summer months boats leave from many of the mainland towns - the journey lasts around 40 minutes.
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.
Make time to visit Santiago
A trip to Santiago is an absolute must! 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. It'll take a little over an hour via the motorway.
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