Nearby Ponte Caldelas is an attractive riverside town
with some fine examples of Galician manor houses, known locally as 'Pazos'. Stroll along the banks of the Verdugo river or relax awhile on the river beach there. Stay for lunch too - trout from the river is a local speciality.
Spend a relaxing day river bathing and picnicking
on the banks of the River Verdugo near Pontecaldelas. Follow the signs for 'Praia Fluvial' by the bridge - there is parking there too and fields and woodland to wander through.
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. Much of the city is now pedestrianised, so pick up a map and a walking route from the tourist office for a step-by-step sightseer's guide.
Head to the beach at Cesantes
The beach is on the Ria de Vigo, so there aren't lots of waves and it is smashing for the smaller children. The beach is lovely and clean and the sand is ideal for sandcastles. There is also a nice playground and plenty of bars and restaurants. (35 minutes drive).
Visit the Castle of Soutomaior
surrounded by 100 year old trees and set in magnificient grounds which contain many rare species of plants. This imposing castle, with drawbridge, portcullis and well preserved walls, has spectacular views from the battlements. Take a picnic or enjoy a meal in the adjoining hotel.
Spend half a day on horseback
in Pontecaldelas on a horseriding expedition organised by Granja O Castelo.
The beautiful Morrazo Peninsular,
situated between the two rias of Pontevedra and Vigo,possesses some of the most attractive and varied beaches of the Rias Baixas. Two of the nicest (Barra and Nerga, the former a naturist beach) are approached through the shade of the pine trees and dunes that form their backdrop .There are many other beaches to explore such as the pretty beach of Menduina and the beach at Bon which has calm seas and a play area - fun for children.
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.
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. Ferries leave from Vigo, Baiona and Cangas. Numbers of visitors are restricted so book in advance.
A trip to Santiago is obligatory!
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.
Go to Portugal.
Take the motorway down and take the first exit to visit 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.
Head to the lively little fishing port of Panxón
to lunch on the widest choice of seafood imaginable at the best prices. Take your time over lunch to relax and sit outside with the view over the port and the beach beyond.
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 - Galicia's only bull ring is here and the tradition of bull fighting is still strong.
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 Pontevdra. 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.
Sanxenxo has a stunning beach
with white sand and clear waters and an upmarket holiday atmosphere. The promenade and numerous cafés bordering the beach are great for strolling and people watching too!
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. Or take a guided tour either by bus, or on foot. Guided walks are free with an English translation. Choose from '100 minutes of culture', '100 minutes of sea' or '100 minutes of nature'.
Wend your way to the preserved fishing village of Combarro
to see the famous view of its horreos (grain stores) lined up in perfect formation overlooking the banks of the Ria of Pontevedra. It's on the coast just past Pontevedra.
Pay a visit to the aquarium at O'Grove,
built on a strip of land almost entirely surrounded by the sea. The children will love to watch the otters playing and get a close up view of octopus! Or for those holidaying without children, there's a famous Casino in O Grove and a world renowned spa in neighbouring La Toja.
The Monastery of Poio.
A fascinating and atmospheric monastery officially declared to be of historic and artistic interest dating from the year 942 or possibly even earlier. It has a interesting library containing the smallest book in the World, an impressive mural of mosaic depicting the French road to Santiago and possibly the largest horreo to be found in Galicia.
Baiona is a great place for it and for even more choice try Vigo. Four shopping centres here selling all kinds of goods plus take a look at the street dedicated to baskets. While there, pay a visit to the gallery displaying Sargadelos ceramics With exceptionally attractive figurines, plates and jewellery of a design unique to this part of Galicia you will find it hard to resist bringing home a piece! (Theres also a shop in Baiona.)
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