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Great Things to Do Near El Castillo de Playa America
has an array of colourful fishing boats lined 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.
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.
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.
A headland just past Panxón at the far end of Playa America, with fantastic views over the Estelas and Cies islands. Wander along the hillside walks to the lighthouse, look for the Roman remains, an old canon and take a picnic too as there's a picnic area there. At the top of the Monte is a monument to everyone who has lost their life at sea, with a statue of the Virgin of the sea at the foot.
Visit the preserved town of Combarro
With its 30 famous granaries lining the shore, used for drying fish in this case. There are numerous crosses in the village indicating that it was once considered a very sacred place. Stop off for an Empanada (pie) in one of the little bodegas in the old quarter.
Be sure to visit Pontevedra
A small town so easy to explore on foot. Be impressed by the collection of gold and silver pieces in the Museum of Pontevedra, unique in Europe, with magnificent jewellery dating back 4,000 years. It has parks, tree-lined avenues, walks by the river in the middle of the city and a historic centre that, after that of Santiago, is Galicia's most important. Stone houses with coats of arms on their façades, fountains and gardens, squares that are full of life and pavement cafés with a lively atmosphere that lasts until the early hours.
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.
Go for some hot 'churros con chocolate'
for breakfast in one of the terrace cafes of Baiona with views over the port - try Café Monterrey or Emelin. A sublime start to the day!
Take a pre-breakfast stroll along Playa America
or even a run! Listen to the waves and the seagulls pretty much on your own...
Watch the sun sink down over the horizon.
With its unique location you will enjoy a fantastic view of the setting sun from the comfort of your own chair..
The Panoramic G53 trail
is 25 miles long and passes through 11 of the 12 Forest Parks that cover the hills. The starting point is in Saians, a village near Canido on the road towards Baiona. This trail can be done in sections and can be joined at any of the National Forest Parks.
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.
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.
Follow the coast road south from Baiona
and you will arrive A Guarda, where you can visit the archaeological treasures in the Celtic village of Santa Tecla, a settlement with over 100 houses. Now restored and with a museum and a shrine, it is 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.
The Gondomar Valley is a tranquil haven
which claims to have its own micro-climate.The valley 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.
A Ramallosa, on the road to Baiona
has a splendid medieval bridge across the Miñor river and is a source for one of the many Galicia 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.
Paseo de la Foz
Foz is a Galician word for the mouth of the river. Behind Ladeira beach at the entrance to Baiona, a large lagoon has formed where the River Miñor opens into the sea. This is now a marsh land which provides a home to many water birds and marsh vegetation. The Paseo de la Foz is a footpath which runs to the side of the lagoon.
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.
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.
Baiona 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. While there, visit the gallery displaying Sargadelos ceramics With exceptionally attractive figurines, plates and jewellery of a design unique to this part of Galicia you will find it hard to resist bringing home a piece! (There's also a shop in Baiona.)
|Playa América||1 mins|
|Playa de Ladeira||5 mins|
|Playa de Patos||10 mins|
|Playa de Canido||20 mins|
|Santiago de Compostela||90 mins|
|A Coruña||120 mins|