Paddle in the sea and build some sandcastles
at the nearby beach of Playa America -a blue flag beach which the locals consider to be a 'Queen of beaches', due to its clean water, fine sand and excellent facilities.
Take an evening stroll along the promenade in Baiona
the seafront has great views over the bay and the boats arriving in the Marina. It's around 12 kms long so you might feel the need to stop for a cool glass of local wine and some tapas in one of the many bars and restaurants which line the street.
Get in touch with nature....
at the Monte Aloia National Park just a short distance away. There are 5 walking routes running alongside streams, water mills or pre-historic excavations plus a 'botanical garden' path and a road that takes you to the top, with stunning views and a restaurant and bar to quench your thirst.
Go back in time
The area around Gondomar where Torre de Valle Miñor is situated is awash with pre-historic sites which you can discover on your walks - Celtic settlements, tombs, pre-historic drawings are included in some of the best sites in the North of Spain.
Strolling in Pontevedra
It's a lovely old town to stroll through with shady squares for a coffee. Lunch on Tapas in the Plaza de Leña.
Call into the port where colourful fishing boats line up at the edge of the beach. It's a good spot to stop for lunch with some excellent open-air restaurants offering an amazing choice of seafood.
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 which cater for all levels. Added bonus is the view over the Cies, plus the lovely white sand.
Take a ferry to the Cies Islands from Baiona
now a National Park, to enjoy a lazy day on the fabulous beaches of fine white sand. Or walk through the sand dunes to sweet-smelling eucalyptus groves, watch for rare species of birds or enjoy a meal in the islands' restaurant.
Tui is a pretty border town on the edge of the Miño River
Dating from Roman times, and one of the seven ancient capitals of Galicia, the town has much worthwhile 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.
drive or walk over the iron bridge (built by Gustave Eiffel) to the Portuguese walled town of Valença, a quaint and picturesque place with lovely views over to Tui. And if you happen to need some more towels for the beach this is the place to buy them. The market here is very popular!
From go-karting surfing, tennis, sailing, rambling, horse-riding - almost every activity possible on land, sea or sky can be found nearby in the province of Pontevedra. La Lanzada, Sanxenxo or Playa América beaches are the best places for an active day by the sea and there are plenty of river activities available in the Miño.
The Gondomar Valley is a tranquil haven
that produces a wine known as Val Miñor. Pick up a bottle or two in Gondomar town and whilst there, pay a visit to the enormous Gondomar Manor House dating from the 16 century. Gondomar is a good place to buy wickerwork too.
A headland just past Panxón with views over the Estelas and Cies islands. Wander along the hillside walks to the lighthouse, look for the Roman remains and take a picnic too as there's a picnic area there.
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 of the newly discovered land.
Indulge yourself in one of the many spas in the region
which claim to offer benefits not only to your skin but also to your general well-being. Most of all though it is a perfect way to relax. There is one just outside Baiona (Talaso Atlantico) with a sea-water swimming pool and a gym included . It also offers child minding facilities and an excellent restaurant too.
Follow the wine route
Starting in A Guarda follow the road along the bank of the Miño towards Tui, and you'll pass through O Rosal, situated in a valley with a perfect climate for all types of fruit and vegetables as well as grapes. Signs on the road will indicate the bodegas you can visit to taste or buy the wine. Whilst there look out for the 19 Folón mills, an unusual set of ancient mills cascading down from the hillside above O Rosal.
Rising above the seaside town of A Guarda is Santa Tecla,
a Celtic settlement now restored and with a museum and a shrine, 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 wonderful. Not far from Baiona, on the coast road south. Follow up with an excellent fish dish in A Guarda, renowned for its seafood.
Explore the regional capital Vigo,
the second largest fishing port in the world. Soak up the atmosphere of the cobbled streets around the Rua Pescaderia and walk through the adjacent park to capture some amazing views of the Ria.
Make time to visit Santiago
A trip to Santiago is a 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 liitle over an hour and a half via the motorway.
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
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