Watch the sun go down in Samil, Vigo
From the terraces that line the beach you can sip a cocktail and see the spectacular sunset over the Atlantic Ocean in a unique setting.
Head for the Surf
Patos beach in 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 out to the Cies Islands and the lovely white sand.
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.
Take in the spectacular view from the Monteferro look out point
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.
Relax on one of the world's best beaches
A short ferry crossing from Baiona or Vigo 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.
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.
Take an evening stroll in Baiona
With Baiona so close by, why not take an evening stroll along the seafront there. You can contemplate the bay or watch the boats arriving in the Marina. The promendade 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.
Look out for 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.
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. It is located on the Monte Boi peninsula and is just 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.
Have lunch in Panxón
The short to drive Panxón is a must. Enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants around the small fishing port, take a walk along the promenade and enjoy some time on the fine sandy beach.
Scale the heights of Santa Tecla
Rising above A Guarda is Santa Tecla, a Celtic settlement with over 100 houses. Now fully restored with a museum and a shrine, it is one of the best of its type in Galicia. The entry price is very low and the views from the top of the hill over the River Miño towards Portugal and the Atlantic are absolutely breathtaking.
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.
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
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.
Visit the Templo Votivo del Mar and Visigoth Arch in Panxón
Constructed between 1932 and 1937 by the architect Antonio Palacios, the Votivo del Mar temple is situated near the port of Panxón. Dedicated to the Virgin del Carmen (patron saint and protector of the seas), it is also known as the Parish church of San Juan in remembrance of the old church which stood where the Visigoth Arch remains today. Dating from the end of the 7th Century, the arch has a horseshoe form, typical of Visigoth art which supports two plain columns. The top of the arch, although in a poor state of conservation, shows a double crown of leaves and a series of geometric elements.
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 in 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.
Visit historic Pontevedra
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.
Visit La 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 enjoy 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.
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 Minho River and is just a 35-minute drive from the house.
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 just under an hour and a half via the motorway to reach the city.
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