Walk through the beautiful wooded valley
which surrounds Finca Gallufe following the 6 km circular marked Green Trail which leads from your house.
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. Added bonus is the view over the Cies, plus the lovely white sand.
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.
Discover the beaches of Baiona town.
There are 6 stretches of sand in the town itself, sheltered from the wind and currents. The 'pirate' Francis Drake landed on the Santa Marta beach in an attempt to attack Baiona. The beach is now one of many Blue Flag beaches in the area.
Visit the animals at Vigo Zoo,
10 kms outside of Vigo city. It has around 400 animals and 150 different species, situated on a hill above the Ria with delightful views. This is the only zoo in Galicia and is dedicated to the conservation of threatened species.
Tui is a pretty border town on the edge of the Minho 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 find the Clares Convent, be sure to buy some of the almond cakes made by the nuns who live there.
Close to Tui is the natural park of Aloia, the first natural park in Galicia. Although not large, it has 10 kms of paths, 7 water mills and 5 vantage pooints with panoramic views over the Mino river. Also to watch out for are the archeological remains, including a medieval 'castro'.
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.
Tour the grounds of the medieval Castillo de Monterreal in Baiona
surrounded by the mighty walls built between the 11th and 17th centuries. 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.
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.
Pick the fresh oranges
from the trees in the garden of Finca Gallufe and make yourself a lovely juice to have at breakfast each day.
Gondomar is famous in Galicia for its ''rosquillas'
a sweet delicacy similar to a doughnut - and on the first Sunday in July you try as many as you want in the 'Fiesta de Rosquillas'.
Flanking the seaside town of A Guarda is Santa Tecla Hill,
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.
On the way back from A Guarda stop off in Oia
a little fishing village here the houses are clustered around the former abbey of Santa María la Real. Built between 1195 and 1230 its bold facade faces proudly out to sea and the brave monks have fought off many an invasion from within.
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 a ferry to the Cies Islands,
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
And if the Cies gives you a taste for island-hopping ........
visit Ons Island on the Pontevedra Ria which presents contrasting coastlines - craggy rocks to the West with steep cliffs and caves, and fine white sandy beaches to the East. During summer months boats leave from many of the mainland towns - the journey lasts around 40 minutes
Walking routes on the Island of Ons.
Although the beaches are so inviting there are excellent marked walking routes to tempt you away, including the route to the lighthouse, nature and historical routes. There are also guides available to conduct guided tours if preferred.
Explore the regional capital Vigo,
the second largest fishing port in the World. Vigo's setting on the South bank of the ria is outstanding and it's surrounded by parks and pinewoods. 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.
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.
Pontevedra, with its beautiful old town,
is not only a feast to the eyes but also the taste buds! Try some Iberian pork, some delicious Spanish cheeses or the unforgettable home smoked salmon from the Meson area situated behind the Town Hall. If you would like to see a bull ring, take the opportunity whilst visiting - Galica's only bull ring is here and the tradition of bull fighting is still strong.
Relax by the pool with a good book
- take advantage of your peaceful surroundings to unwind!
Seafood at O Grove
For late season visitors to Galicia, indulge yourself at O Grove which becomes seafood party central during the first two weeks of October! Seafood menus, stalls on the quayside, cookery demonstrations and delicious local wines, O Grove has them all. Expect fresh langoustines, crabs, shrimp, octopus and squid plus inshore and deep sea fish. Plus barnacles, a local delicacy.
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