Within 3 minutes drive of the house are a selection of beautiful sandy beaches with Blue Flag status. The closest is Playa Pregueira with soft white sand and gentle waves. Cross the rocks at the end of the little beach in either direction to find other beaches, just as delightful.
Body boarding and windsurfing
Active types should head for La Lanzada beach between Sanxenxo and O Grove, a 10 minute drive from the house. A spectacular, long blue flag beach, backed by sand dunes. Stroll along the wooden walkway which runs along the length of the beach or try some of the other activities on offer here, such as quad biking.
Try any restaurant or tapas bar in Portonovo
to sample traditional food a la Gallega. Plenty of freshly caught fish to choose from - try skate and floury potatoes all delicately cooked in a deliciously rich sauce.
Salnes wine route
Sanxenxo is at the southern end of the Salnés valley, an area with extensive vineyards producing the grape of the excellent Albariño wine. You can join the Salnes wine route from Sanxenxo to Meaño and visit the cellars and see the wine being produced. But wine apart, the route makes a lovely drive through some interesting villages, passing many old manor houses.
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.
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. The village is beautifully preserved and very picturesque.
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.) Cambados is about 25 mins drive from the house - look out for the little village stores selling their own variety of Albariño from the local farms on the way.
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, including Sanxenxo - 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.
Visit O Grove
Just 20 minutes from Casa de Pontes, O Grove is on a pensinsular surrounded by sea. Referred to as the 'sea food paradise' , there's lots to see and do here.Check out the sculptures which decorate the streets, visit the aquarium, call into the fish market from 15.30 onwards to watch the auction, take a boat trip along the Ria de Arousa with mussel tasting and views to the bottom of the sea, or hop on the tourist train which takes you an an hour long journey around the whole area, including La Toja.
Sample the life of a Galician fisherman
Spend a day aboard a fishing boat with the sailors of O Grove organized by the Fishermen's Fraternity in O Grove (Pescador). The also organize walks and seafood tastings - their catch is cooked in the traditional Gallego style.
has a well-preserved medieval town centre, and many buildings of great architectural merit. The town centre is pedestrianized and there are a delightful series of little squares each encircled with some of the best tapas bars you will ever find. Pick up a leaflet from the Tourist Office for a step-by-step guide of the city.
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!
Spend a pamper day in La Toja,
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. Buy some of the toiletries made with the local minerals in the little shop on the island, which also serves as a fascinating museum. There's a craft market to browse around and a casino too.
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).
If you are a keen golfer
You' ll have a choice of golf courses here - the house is almost equidistant between the nine hole course in La Toja and the 18 hole course in Meis. The Meis course also 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.
Stretch your legs
Take a day or two away from the beach and pool for a lovely walk in the hills behind Sanxenxo, where there are at least two waymarked routes. Alternatively, head for O Grove, where the Tourist Office can give you details of 5 local walks around the coast or up to the viewpoint of Siradella.
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.You'll find it just off the coast road in the direction of Pontevedra.
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!
A trip to Santiago is a must!
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. There is a fast road up to Santiago now so the journey takes just under an hour.
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