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.
Walk part of the Camino de Santiago
The coastal path near the property forms part of the Portuguese Coastal route of the Camino de Santiago, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimages. In 1.1km you will be in Oia, Baiona lies 19km northwards and A Guarda 12km southwards. However far you choose to go, stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean are guaranteed.
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.
Follow the Rías Baixas wine route
The house is situated near Galicia's most important wine making region, O Rosal. Visit a number of bodegas, soak up their rich legacy and sample some of the region's finest wines. Find more info at www.rutadelvinoriasbaixas.com
Take a boat trip along the River Minho
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
Visit the majestic Mount Santa Tecla
With an elevation of 341 metres, visitors are rewarded with spectacular views of the River Minho, 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.
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.
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. Even better, why not enjoy it from a terrace with stunning sea views? You can do this at the two restaurants in Oia, both walking distance from the house.
Step back in time at the A Cabeciña archaeological site
In Mougás, Oia you’ll find the impressive archaeological site of A Cabeciña. With a series of Bronze Age petroglyphs and the remains of an Iron Age settlement, this elevated point affords stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the Atlantic Ocean.
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.
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.
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.
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 just outside Baiona (Talaso Atlantico) with a sea-water swimming pool and a gym. It also offers child minding facilities and has an excellent restaurant too.
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.
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.
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 it offers 10km of paths with spectacular views across the Minho River. There are prehistoric and roman remains in the park, 5 look out points as well as a great variety of flora and fauna.
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.
Explore 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, their culture and the rich history of their ancestors.
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 see 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 an hour’s drive from the house. Just make sure you have the ability to cross the corder on your Car Hire policy. If you don't have the cross-border facility, take the ferry from A Guarda across to the historic town of Caminha.
Make time to visit Santiago de Compostela
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.
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