Albores

Baiona and Nigran

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Accommodation

  • Lower ground floor: Gym with doors to garden.  Shower room.  Washing machine. 
  • Upper ground floor:  Entrance hall.  Shower room.  Double bedroom with dressing room, en suite bathroom and French doors to terrace.  Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, WiFi, in-built wood burning stove) with French doors to terrace.  Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave). 
  • First floor: Landing. Two twin bedrooms.  Double bedroom.  Two shower rooms.  Central heating throughout the house.
  • Outside: Spacious garden of lawns flowerbeds, covered and open terraces.  In-built barbecue.  Table tennis.  Poolside shower. 
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Looking out onto verdant green countryside, and yet just a 15-minute drive from some of the most emblematic and beautiful beaches of the Rías Baixas, Albores is a comfortable family home that enjoys stunning views across the lush valley of the Val Miñor river.

Light and warmth are immediately apparent upon stepping into this much-loved abode. Large windows in the kitchen offer an idyllic outlook onto the surrounding trees; a view which can be equally enjoyed next door, in the spacious open plan dining area and lounge where French doors draw in the sun’s rays and frame the impressive panorama that stretches out into the distance.

Adjacent to this main living space you’ll find the terrace. Also accessed from the principal double bedroom, surely many an hour will be spent in this delightful spot. Perfect for your morning coffee, a leisurely lunch, candlelit dinner or a glass of wine under the stars; this is the ideal place to kick back and relax at any time, as the light washes different shades over the surrounding scenery throughout the day.

Stairs lead up to two twin bedrooms, another double bedroom and two shower rooms, all tastefully furnished with a vibrant use of colour adding charm and character throughout.  Downstairs, on the lower ground floor, is a secondary kitchen space, a small gym and shower room, providing you with everything you need for days lounging around the pool.

With the breeze rustling the tall trees and birds singing merrily overhead, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were nestled in a remote rural landscape, but you are in fact just 2km from all amenities in the nearby market town of Gondomar and just 15 minutes from the Blue Flag beaches and traditional fishing villages that pepper the coastline between Baiona and Vigo. Here, you’ll find soft golden sands, crystalline waters, absorbing coastal views and an array of fantastic restaurants serving the superb quality fresh fish and seafood for which the region is so renowned.  Even closer to hand and just 800m from the house is a local shop for basic groceries.

Also within easy reach are the fascinating frontier towns on either side of the River Miño, the natural border separating Spain and Portugal, and at O Rosal you’ll find one of Galicia’s most important wine producing regions, with the fresh and zesty Albariño being another of the many culinary delights sure to complement your visit to this enchantingly unspoilt corner of the Iberian Peninsula.

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Great Things to Do Near Albores

Kayak on the River Miño...

Local companies Tamuxe Kayak and Verdeazul rent Kayaks and also lead guided excursions on and around the Miño River. This is a great way to explore the beauty of this stunning region. Visit www.tamuxekayak.com & www.verdeazul.es

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 an evening stroll along the promenade in Baiona...

The seafront has great views over the bay and the boats arriving in the Marina. It's around 12 kms long so you might feel the need to stop for a cool glass of local wine and some tapas in one of the many bars and restaurants which line the street.

Get in touch with nature at the Monte Aloia National Park, just a short distance away...

There are 5 walking routes running alongside streams, water mills or pre-historic excavations plus a 'botanical garden' path and a road that takes you to the top, with stunning views and a restaurant and bar to quench your thirst.

Go back in time admiring the historic sites around you...

The area around Gondomar where Albores is situated is awash with pre-historic sites which you can discover on your walks - Celtic settlements, tombs, pre-historic drawings are included in some of the best sites in the North of Spain.

Spend a day visiting Pontevedra...

It's a lovely old town to stroll through with shady squares for a coffee. Lunch on Tapas in the Plaza de Leña.

Have lunch in Panxón...

Call into the port where colourful fishing boats line up at the edge of the beach. It's a good spot to stop for lunch with some excellent open-air restaurants offering an amazing choice of seafood.

Ride the waves! 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 which cater for all levels. Added bonus is the view over the Cies, plus the lovely white sand.

Take a ferry to the Cies Islands from Baiona, now a national park with beaches of fine white sand to relax on...

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.

Visit Tui, 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.

Visit the charming fortress town of Valença...

Drive or walk 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. And if you happen to need some more towels for the beach this is the place to buy them. The market here is very popular!

Get active in the sunshine!

From 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 Pontevedra. 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.

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.

Explore Monte Ferro, 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.

Visit the 'Pinta', the ship which 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.

Indulge yourself in one of the many spas in the region...

Spas 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 outside Baiona (Talaso Atlantico) with a sea-water swimming pool and a gym included . It also offers child minding facilities and an excellent restaurant too.

Follow the Rías Baixas 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.

Rising above the seaside town of A Guarda is Santa Tecla, a Celtic settlement now restored and with a museum and a shrine...

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. Follow up with an excellent fish dish in A Guarda, renowned for its seafood.

Explore Vigo, the regional capital and second largest 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.

Make time to visit the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela...

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. It'll take a liitle over an hour and a half via the motorway.

Nearby

Towns

Gondomar 5 mins
Baiona 15 mins
Valença 30 mins
Vigo 30 mins
Pontevedra 45 mins

Beaches

Playa de Ladeira 15 mins
Playa América 15 mins
Playa de Patos 20 mins
Playa Ribeira 20 mins
Playa de Liméns 60 mins

Airports

Vigo 20 mins
Santiago de Compostela 80 mins
Porto 90 mins
Coruna 115 mins
Times are approximate

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