Visit the historic mills of Folón and Picón
Just a short stroll from the house, these 60 historic mills wind their way uphill through beautiful countryside offering a number of enticing walking routes. The local people see walking these routes as the perfect way to make contact with nature, culture and the rich history of their ancestors.
Follow the Rías Baixas wine route
The house is situated in Galicia's most important wine making region. Visit a number of bodegas, soak up their rich legacy and sample some of the region's finest wines. The nearest Bodega to the house is Lagar de Cervera at Estrada de Loureza 86, 36770 O Rosal. See more details on the wine tours at: www.lagardecervera.com/en Find more info on the wine route at www.rutadelvinoriasbaixas.com
Explore the route of the fishermen
Taking in the beauty of the Miño and Tamuxe Rivers, the Sendeiro de Pescadores can be followed on foot or by Kayak. The route gives you the chance to enjoy some of the stunning countryside that this area has to offer.
Cool off in some stunning natural pools
The O Rosal region is dotted with numerous beautiful waterfalls and natural pools. You can head out for a walk to find them or simply enjoy the two lovely natural pools which you'll find in the gardens at the house!
Look for the 'Cruceiros'
Made of stone, these crosses are generally found at the entrance to churches or on crossroads and are representative of Galician culture and art. They are also surrounded by local legend and offer, amongst many other things, protection for the weary traveller. There are more than 50 to be found in O Rosal, with arguably the most famous being the Calvario in Tabagón.
Roman Bridge over the Tamuxe River at San Miguel de Tabagón
Roman in origin, the bridge was constructed under the order of Isabel II in the 19th century in the neoclassical style. Without doubt it is the emblem of the region, figuring as it does on the local coat of arms and for many, many years it played an important role in transport and communication, linking O Rosal with its neighbouring districts.
Visit the majestic Mount Santa Tecla
With an elevation of 341 metres, visitors are rewarded with spectacular views of the River Miño, Spain, Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore, the summit is home to a fascinating former Celtic settlement with restored houses, a museum and petroglyphs dating to 2000 years before the Celtic occupation of the site.
Follow signs to Mirador Niño do Corvo
Situated at a height of 313m, this lookout point gives you a spectacular panoramic view of the Minho Valley all the way out to the Atlantic Ocean.
Relax on one of the world's best beaches
A short ferry crossing from 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. There is a limit on the amount of visitors allowed to the islands each day so booking in advance is essential.
Stroll the streets of A Guarda
This is a typical Galician fishing town with a rich history. Be sure to visit one of the many of the restaurants around the port and try the lobster for which the town is famous.
Try some Galician Firewater at Pazo Valdomiño in Goián
A distillery of traditional Galician aguardientes and liqueurs where the workers seek to combine the careful selection of raw ingredients with the good practice of their ancestors and an innovative modern design. They have a fantastic website available in English where you can learn more about the company and the elaboration process. http://pazovaldomino.es/web/en/
Dating from Roman times, and one of the seven ancient capitals of Galicia, the town contains a wealth of interesting architecture scattered through its narrow, granite lanes. If you come across the Clarisas Convent, be sure to buy some of the almond cakes made by the nuns who live there.
Take a boat trip along the River Miño
Widely regarded as the most beautiful of the Galician Rías, you'll be surrounded by stunning views of both Spain and Portugal as you sail along this natural border between the two countries. Aquamiño offer a wide range of tours starting in Tui. Full details can be found at www.aquamino.com
Explore San Lorenzo Fort in Goián
In 1663, Goián was invaded by the Portuguese who built and occupied a small fortress called ‘Fortín de Barca’ on the banks of the Miño but it was abandoned following the 1668 Lisbon Peace Treaty between Spain and Portugal. Nevertheless, in 1671 Mariana of Austria (then Queen of Spain) ordered that a new fort (San Lorenzo Fort) be built on the base of the old Portuguese construction, occupying a privileged position in order to keep a close eye on the main square of Vilanova de Cerveira and their neighbours across the water. San Lorenzo Fort was made a protected monument of national patrimony in 1949 and although it lay in a relatively abandoned state for many years, the fort and surrounding area was recently renovated and transformed into an attractive space for the enjoyment of both local residents and tourists alike. http://espazofortaleza.com/
Have fun and relax at Goián River Beach
A popular beach on the banks of the River Miño. It has fine golden sand, tranquil waters and good facilities including a Chiringuito (Snack Bar) and beach volleyball courts. River beaches are very popular in Galicia and Northern Portugal. They are often sandy and the waters are calmer and warmer than the Atlantic facing sea beaches.
Take in the history and majesty of the Royal Monastery of Oia
This stunning monastery was founded in the 12th century by King Alfonso VII. Throughout its history it has played important role in the social and economic development of the surrounding area and it was declared a National Monument in 1931. Facing out towards the Atlantic Ocean, it occupies a unique location just above the waves. The monastery is currently part of a huge renovation project so public access is restricted but a walk around the exterior is well worthwhile. For more information, visit www.monasteriodeoia.com (site available in English)
Drive up the coast to Baiona
The coastal road (PO-552) between A Guarda and Baiona offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. This road actually forms part of the Portuguese Coastal route of the Camino de Santiago, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimages. Once in Baiona, why not take a stroll along the seafront. You can contemplate the bay or watch the boats arriving in the Marina. The promenade is more than 5 kms long so you might feel the need to stop for a cool glass of local Albariño wine in one of the many bars which line the cobbled streets.
Get into the Great Outdoors
Within easy reach of the house is the Parque Natural Monte Aloia. It was the first designated Natural Park of Galicia and offers 10km of paths with spectacular views across the Miño River. There are prehistoric and roman remains in the park, 5 look out points as well as a great variety of flora and fauna.
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.
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 and a half via the motorway.
Pop to Portugal
With so many amazing Galician wonders to explore nearby, you'd be forgiven for not wanting to venture too far. However, Valença is a fascinating walled town located on the banks of the Miño River and is just a 25 minute drive from the house. Alternatively, why not visit Goián’s historic enemy across the water in Vilanova de Cerveira?
Explore the A Groba Hills
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Serra dá Groba (La Siera da A Groba) lies between Baiona, Oia, A Guarda and O Rosal. Home to a rich variety of flora and fauna as well as mountain streams, small lakes and waterfalls, this area is great for walking.
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