Sit back and enjoy the garden and poolside
and take in the marvellous views over the Ria of Pontevedra towards the Morrazo Peninsular.
Stroll along the walkway by the sea from Sanxenxo to Portonovo
as the sun sets for an apéritif before returning for dinner in one of Sanxenxo's many restaurants.
Music, processions, food-tasting, fireworks and traditional dancing
are just some of the events taking place in the many fiestas held in and around Sanxenxo in the summer months. Watch for musicians in traditional costume playing the 'gaita galega' (bagpipes).
La Lanzada beach
Galicia is steeped in legends - it is said, for example, that when God put his hand down on the earth between the Atlantic sea and Galicia he formed the Rias with his fingers. La Lanzada beach between Sanxenxo and O'Grove has its legends too and women go there still to perform the Ritual of the Nine Waves to guarantee their fertility. It is a glorious sandy beach backed by dunes and great for beach and seaside activities.
If you are a keen golfer
you'll find Casa de Molino well placed for the excellent 18 hole public course not far from the house. It has a practice course with 3 greens, a putting green, and a restaurant all set in a privileged position with views over the Ria de Arousa.
Wine Museum - one of Spain's oldest is in Cambados.
All you need to know about cultivation, history and processing of the Albariño wine. Combine with a visit to a bodega - there are many on the roads around Cambados or Tui. (A tour lasts about an hour.)
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!
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.
Interested in nautical history?
Visit the Maritime Museum in Bueu which has grown from the area's fish processing industry. The museum contains maritime ethnography, nautical instruments and furniture and interesting archaelogical remains.
Vigo is justly proud of its Museum 'Quiñones de León' housed in a Galician Manor house, one of the best preserved of its type. It has nearly 300,000 square metres of parkland and gardens, including English, French and Rose gardens. Also, every summer live performances of all types of music, dancing and theatre are held there.
Sanxenxo 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!
Visit the animals at Vigo Zoo,
10 kms outside of Vigo city. This is the only zoo in Galicia and is dedicated to the conservation of threatened species.
Enjoy the thrills of Quad-biking through the dunes
on the beach of La Lanzada, and afterwards relax while sipping a cold drink in the shade of the local beach bars.
Stop off at the preserved fishing village of Combarro
not far from your house to see the famous view of its horreos (grain stores) lined up in perfect formation overlooking the banks of the Ria of Pontevedra. Call in to one of the little bodegas for a tasty pasty snack (empanada).
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.
La Toja is home to a 'Balneario' of spas and thermal waters.
Take the bridge over to the island to take the waters, renowned for their healing effects on the skin. Whilst there play the tables at the famous Casino at O 'Grove, the one that Franco forgot to close down
The nearby 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.
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.
Head up to the hills
away from the sea from your house to visit the Monastery A Armenteira, now declared of National Monument. The Monastery is surrounded by legends and stories of miracles but the building is a fine example of Galician Romanesque architecture.
Ons Island on the Pontevedra Ria,
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.
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!
For a tasty pool-side barbecue
buy some fresh fish straight off the boat from nearby Portonovo - still a very typical Galician fishing village. Add a bottle of the excellent local Albariño - then just sit back and relax with a good book.....
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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