Finca Gallufe

Baiona and Nigran

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Sitting room (TV, DVD). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Double bedroom with en suite shower room. Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Garden of lawns and fruit trees. Covered dining area with in-built barbecue.  Private parking. Washing machine.
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 4m) with Roman steps.

This must surely be the perfect hideaway! We followed a country lane through lush woodland and stopped at a clearing, where this charming cottage snuggles against a backdrop of forest, its pretty lawned gardens stretching out at the front. To the side, grassland slopes gently down to more trees, across the tops of which can be seen a splendid panorama of the picturesque hills and valleys that extend to the border with Portugal.

Finca Gallufe enjoys a truly rural setting and yet it is nevertheless only a short distance from the fine beaches of golden sand that fringe the nearby coast.  A drive of just 30 minutes reveals the superb wide sands of Playa America, which are backed by delightful stone built houses, seemingly unchanged over the years, and an appetising selection of bars and restaurants. Just around the corner, the intimate bay of Panxon, encircled by the terraces of restaurants serving the day's fresh catch simply must be visited.

For all amenities, the attractive town of Gondomar is 7km from the house, whilst just 2km away is the small village of Santa Maria de Tebra, which has a restaurant and shop.

Inside, the accommodation is smartly presented and you will no doubt enjoy spending time in the bright sitting room, where wide windows stretch from one side of the wall to the other to capture the pleasing rustic scene. In the attractive garden, the pool is surrounded by lawn, with occasional fruit trees creating welcome areas of shade.

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Great Things to Do Near Finca Gallufe

Monte Aloia

Close to Tui is the natural park of Aloia, the first natural park in Galicia. Although not large, it has 10 kms of paths, 7 water mills and 5 vantage pooints with panoramic views over the Mino river. Also to watch out for are the archeological remains, including a medieval 'castro'.

Walk through the beautiful wooded valley

which surrounds Finca Gallufe following the 6 km circular marked Green Trail which leads from your house.

Surfing

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.

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.

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.

Gondomar is famous in Galicia for its ''rosquillas'

a sweet delicacy similar to a doughnut - and on the first Sunday in July you try as many as you want in the 'Fiesta de Rosquillas'.

Discover the beaches of Baiona town.

There are 6 stretches of sand in the town itself, sheltered from the wind and currents. The 'pirate' Francis Drake landed on the Santa Marta beach in an attempt to attack Baiona. The beach is now one of many Blue Flag beaches in the area.

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.

Flanking the seaside town of A Guarda is Santa Tecla Hill,

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.

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 find the Clares Convent, be sure to buy some of the almond cakes made by the nuns who live there.

Visit the animals at Vigo Zoo,

10 kms outside of Vigo city. It has around 400 animals and 150 different species, situated on a hill above the Ria with delightful views. This is the only zoo in Galicia and is dedicated to the conservation of threatened species.

Take a ferry 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

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.

And if the Cies gives you a taste for island-hopping ........

visit Ons Island on the Pontevedra Ria which 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 - 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.

Explore the regional capital Vigo,

the second largest fishing port in the World. Vigo's setting on the South bank of the ria is outstanding and it's surrounded by parks and pinewoods. 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.

On the way back from A Guarda stop off in Oia

a little fishing village here 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 and the brave monks have fought off many an invasion from within.

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.

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.

Pick the fresh oranges

from the trees in the garden of Finca Gallufe and make yourself a lovely juice to have at breakfast each day.

Nearby

Towns

Gondomar 15 mins
Valença 25 mins
Baiona 30 mins
A Guarda 35 mins
Vigo 45 mins
Pontevedra 60 mins

Beaches

Playa de Ladeira 25 mins
Playa de Patos 30 mins
Playa Ribeira 30 mins
Playa América 30 mins

Airports

Vigo 35 mins
Porto 90 mins
Santiago de Compostela 95 mins
A Coruña 125 mins
Times are approximate

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