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.
Visit the Castillo de Monterreal
This fortress was built in the 1500s 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. 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.
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.
Set foot aboard the Pinta
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 brought from the newly 'discovered' land.
Visit Tui, a pretty border town on the banks of the River Miño
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 Clares Convent, be sure to buy some of the almond cakes made by the nuns who live there.
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.
Indulge yourself in one of the many spas in the region
Spas offer benefits not only for your skin but also for your general well-being. Most of all though it is the perfect way to relax. There is one a 5-minute drive from the house (Talaso Atlántico) with a sea-water swimming pool and a gym. It also offers child minding facilities and has an excellent restaurant too.
Relax in Baiona
Baiona is just a 5-minute drive from the house. Once there, 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.
Visit the historic mills of Folón and Picón
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. You’ll find the mills well signposted from the centre of O Rosal. You’ll also find a Tourist Information Office at the Mills and a good restaurant nearby, A Casa da Pintora.
Kayak on the River Miño
Local companies Tamuxe Kayak and Verdeazul rent Kayaks and also lead guided excursions on and around the Miño River. This is a great way to explore the beauty of this stunning region. Visit www.tamuxekayak.com & www.verdeazul.es
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.
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.
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 approximately an hour and a half via the motorway.
Discover the beaches of Baiona
There are 6 beaches in Baiona, all sheltered from the wind and strong currents. In 1585, Sir Francis Drake landed at Santa Marta beach in an attempt to attack Baiona. The beach is now one of many in the area awarded with Blue Flag status.
A Ramallosa Bridge
The A Ramallosa Bridge crosses the Miñor River which separates the municipalities of Nigrán and Baiona. It was built in the 12th century under the orders of San Pedro Telmo, Bishop of Tui. The bridge is also the source of one of Galicia’s many legends. It is said that any woman that repeatedly miscarried would come to the bridge at midnight to perform fertility rites, bathing her stomach in water from the river. The first person to cross the bridge after the spell had been cast would then be asked to be the Godparent of the newly born child, an honour that could not be refused.
Mirador de Monteferro
From this natural lookout point, it is possible to contemplate the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean and the Estelas Islands which separate the Vigo River from the entrance to the bay of Baiona. The Monteferro natural park is home to numerous species of Seagulls and Marine Cormorants that can be seen perched on the rocks.
Follow the Rías Baixas wine route
The house is situated near 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. Find more info on the wine route at www.rutadelvinoriasbaixas.com
Tapear in Baiona!
Partake in the great Spanish tradition of ‘Tapeando’, enjoying a drink and a ‘tapa’ in a variety of different bars. The perfect place to do this is in Calle Ventura Misa in Baiona, it’s the old narrow street that runs parallel to the promenade.
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. An added bonus is the view over the Cies Islands and the lovely white sand.
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.
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 35 minute drive from the house
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