Ria de Pontevedra (Rias Baixas)
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Great Things to Do Near Carqueixa
A trip to Santiago is an absolute 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 little over an hour via the motorway.
Stroll along the walkway by the sea from Sanxenxo to Portonovo as the sun sets...
Stop for an apéritif before returning for dinner in one of Sanxenxo's many restaurants.
Head to a nearby beach for the day...
With 3 fantastic beaches within walking distance and many more just a short drive away, you are spoilt for choice!
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.
Stop off at the preserved fishing village of Combarro...
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 typical 'empanada'.
Mingle with the locals at a traditional festival...
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).
Look out for the 'Cruceiros' as you drive around the countryside...
Made of stone, these crosses are generally found at the entrance to churches or on crossroads and are respresentative of Galician culture and art. They are also full of legends and offer amongst many other things, protection for the weary traveller.
Try the famous 'Pimientas de Padrón'. These tasy little peppers, originally from Mexico, are now grown throughout the region to meet the high demand..
Padrón is home to the famous 'Pimientas de Padrón'. Try them roasted in oil but watch out for the occasional really hot one! Dedicated pepper fans can visit the pepper festival held in the town in August.
Enjoy some of the best seafood available anywhere in the world!
Galicia is world renowned for its seafood, famed for its excellent quality and intensity of flavour. With so many great restaurants nearby offering freshly caught local produce, you'd be mad not to try it.
Try some of the delicious Galician wines...
For lovers of white wine there's the famous and fruity Albariño whilst fans of red can opt for a glass of Mencía. One thing that both these wines have in common is their crisp style and fresh character making them very drinkable indeed!
Have a go at windsurfing at La Lanzada beach between Sanxenxo and O Grove...
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 still go there 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.
Relax on one of the world's best beaches on the Cies Islands..
A short ferry crossing from Vigo or Baiona will take you to the stunning Cies Islands and the world famous Playa de Rodas, named the best beach in the world by the Guardian Newspaper in 2007.
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!
Explore Vigo, the regional capital and second largest port in the world...
Soak up the atmosphere in the cobbled streets around the Rua Pescaderia and walk through the adjacent park to capture some amazing views of the Ria which plays such an important part in the life of this fascinating city.
Learn about wine making at the Wine Museum 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.)
Treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy...
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 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 hórreo (grain store) to be found in Galicia.
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.
Take a boat to the island of Ons in the Pontevedra Ria and explore the 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.
Sample the 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.
|O Grove||20 mins|
|Playa de Montalvo||2 mins|
|Playa de Lanzada||10 mins|
|Playa de Bascuas||15 mins|
|Playa de Pragueira||25 mins|
|Playa Barreiriño||25 mins|
|Santiago de Compostela||65 mins|
|A Coruña||95 mins|