The path in front of the house leads to walks into the hills above
from where you can admire the views of sea below, enjoy the peace and fresh air and watch the waves breaking on the rocks along this beautiful stretch of coast.
With Baiona so close by, why not take an evening stroll
along the seafront there. You can contemplate the bay or watch the boats arriving in the Marina. The promendade is more than 5 kms long so you might feel the need to stop for a cool glass of local wine in one of the cafés which line the street opposite.
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 a few minutes from your house (Talaso Atlantico) with a sea-water swimming pool and a gym included . It also offers child minding facilities and an excellent restaurant too.
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.
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.
The beach of the Friars,
in Baiona town, just 80 metres wide, was the favourite bathing place of the Franciscan monks who lived in the nearby Fort of Monterreal. They reached the beach via a door in the fortess walls. The monks had moved by the mid 19th century but the door is still in existence.
on the way to América beach, has a splendid medieval bridge across the Miño river and is a source for one of the many Galician legends. It is here that women who were three months pregnant would come to perform superstitious rites in the hope of guaranteeing a safe and easy birth. Look for St. Telmo's cross on the bridge and the 'All Saints Chest' under it too.
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 come across Clares Convent be sure to buy some of the almond cakes made by the nuns who live there.
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.
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.
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.
Take a ferry from Baiona 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.
Climb up to A Groba hill.
11 kms outside Baiona on the road to A Guarda. Wander around the hillside paths between pine and eucalyptus trees where the River Groba flows through and watch the wild horses grazing in the fields beyond.
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.
On the way back from A Guarda stop off in Oia
a little fishing village where 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.
Go for some hot 'churros con chocolate'
for breakfast in the cafes of Baiona with views over the port. A sublime start to the day!
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.
Visit neighbouring Portugal.
It takes just 30 minutes or so to walk (or you can drive) 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. Or take the ferry from A Guarda.
Hire a bike
in Playa America and take off into the hills for a day.
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.
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 and the 'Rosquilla' biscuits for which they are famous.
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.
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.
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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