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.
Enjoy some of the best seafood in the world
Galicia is world renowned for it's seafood, famed for it's excellent quality and intensity of flavour. You'll love the great selection of restaurants nearby offering freshly caught local produce.
Ride the waves!
Patos beach is the place to go to try your hand at surfing. It's known as the 'beach of waves' and there are a couple of brilliant surf schools based there. The stunning views of the Cíes Islands and the fine white sand are added bonuses too.
Santa Tecla Celtic settlement
Rising above A Guarda is the hilltop Celtic settlement of Santa Tecla where you will find over 100 partial and fully restored houses. With a museum and a shrine and very low entry costs it is one of the most well preserved in Galicia. The views from the top of the hill over the River miño and the Atlantic are absolutely breathtaking.
A trip to Santiago is a must! The jewel of Galicia where, for more than 1000 years, pilgirms have gathered from all over Europe. Visit the impressive cathedral, the Plaza del Obradoiro and the old pilgrim's hospital, now a luxurious Parador hotel. It will take a little over an hour and a half via the motorway.
The historic mills of Folón & 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.
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. For more info visit www.rutadelvinoriasbaixas.com
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.
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 wy to explore the beauty of this stunning region.
Stroll the streets of A Guarda
A Guarda is a typical Galician fishing town with a rich history. Be sure to visit one of the many 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 offers 10km of paths with spectacular views across the Miño River. There are prehistoric and Roman remains in the park, 5 lookout points and a great variety of flora and fauna.
Relax and unwind with a chilled glass of wine...
What better way to unwind whilst on holiday than with a chilled glass of Albariño wine whilst sat by your private pool watching the sun go down.... we highly reccommend trying this at least 3 or 4 times while you're there!
Relax on one of the world's best beaches
A short ferry crossing from Baiona will take you to the stunning Cíes Islands and the world famous Rodas beach, named the best beach in the world by the Guardian newspaper in 2007. There is a limit to the amount of visitors allowed per day so booking in advance is essential.
Indulge in a Spa Day
Spa's offer benefits not only for your skin but also for your general well being. Most of all though this is the perfect way to relax. There is an excellent Spa just outside Baiona called the Talaso Atlantico with a sea-water swimming pool and a gym. They offer child minding services and have a lovely restaurant too.
Pop to Portugal
With so many Galician wonders to explore nearby, you'd be forgiven for not wanting to venture too far. However, Valenca is a fascinating walled town located on the banks of the Miño River and is just a 30 minute drive from the house.
Stop for lunch in the Parador
Enjoy lunch, or just stop for a coffee and a slice of Tarta de Santiago (Almond cake) in the luxurious Parador in Baiona. From here you will have magnificent views of the Cíes Islands and the Ria which leads into the busy port of Vigo. The fort was built to protect (not always successfully) the port of Baiona from enemies and pirates.
Enjoy the beautiful countryside
Take a drive to the Pouzas de Mougas, a large natural pool and waterfall with a picnic area. Ideal for hiking, nature lovers or just relaxing in the sun and taking a dip under the waterfall.
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