Finca Xesteira

Baiona and Nigran

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Accommodation

  • Lower ground floor: Garage (kitchenette with dishwasher, pool table, table tennis). Laundry room (washing machine).
  • Ground floor: Entrance hall.  Kitchen/breakfast room (oven, dishwasher, microwave) with door to covered balcony. Sitting room (in-built wood burning stove, TV, DVD, WiFi) with patio doors to covered balcony.  Shower room. Double bedroom. Central heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: Landing. Double bedroom with patio doors to covered balcony. Twin bedroom. Bathroom. Study.
  • Outside: Enclosed grounds of lawns, flowerbeds and terraces  In-built barbecue. Basketball net. Poolside shower. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 4.5m) with corner Roman steps

Sitting within immaculately tended grounds in the local hamlet of Vilariño de Arriba, this contemporary home will immediately impress with its up-to-the-minute décor of stylish neutral tones, a comprehensive selection of equipment and fittings and sweeping views from south facing balconies across a quintessentially ‘gallego’ landscape of gently undulating countryside.

Whether preparing meals in the wonderfully spacious kitchen or enjoying the calm ambience and elegant furnishings of the sitting room, guests will be able to look out towards the swimming pool and lawns of the picturesque garden or step onto an attractive stone pillared terrace and soak up these delightful surroundings.

Upstairs, further evidence of the care and pride that has been invested in this much loved home can be found in the comfortable and beautifully presented bedrooms, the master of which benefits from its own private balcony.

Its location, just 600m from the local restaurant, makes Finca Xesteira an ideal choice for those wishing to sample the local cuisine and at the same time this is an ideal base for exploring the Caribbean-like beaches of the Rías Baixas.  The golden arc of dune-backed sands that lines the shoreline at Playa America is just 3.3km away and is but one of a string of stunning bays that indent the coastline between chic Baiona and the atmospheric port of Vigo.

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Great Things to Do Near Finca Xesteira

Indulge yourself in one of the many spas in the region

Spas offer benefits not only for your skin but also for your general well-being. Most of all though it is the perfect way to relax. There is one just outside Baiona (Talaso Atlántico) with a sea-water swimming pool and a gym. It also offers child minding facilities and has an excellent restaurant too.

Visit the Castillo de Monterreal

This fortress was built in the 1500s to protect Baiona from enemy pirate ships. Nowadays, there is 4-star luxury hotel inside the walls, but a walk along the beach in front of the old historic exterior still offers some impressive views. 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.

Stroll the streets of A Guarda

This is a typical Galician fishing town with a rich history. Be sure to visit one of the many of the restaurants around the port and try the lobster for which the town is famous.

Get into the Great Outdoors

Within easy reach of the house is the Parque Natural Monte Aloia. It was the first designated Natural Park of Galicia and offers 10km of paths with spectacular views across the Miño River. There are prehistoric and roman remains in the park, 5 look out points as well as a great variety of flora and fauna.

Pop to Portugal

With so many amazing Galician wonders to explore nearby, you'd be forgiven for not wanting to venture too far. However, Valença is a fascinating walled town located on the banks of the Miño River and is just a 30 minute drive from the house.

Relax on one of the world's best beaches

A short ferry crossing from 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. There is a limit on the amount of visitors allowed to the islands each day so booking in advance is essential.

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

Discover the beaches of Baiona

There are 6 beaches in Baiona, all sheltered from the wind and strong currents. In 1585, Sir Francis Drake landed at Santa Marta beach in an attempt to attack Baiona. The beach is now one of many in the area awarded with Blue Flag status.

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.

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. An added bonus is the view over the Cies Islands and the lovely white sand.

Scale the heights of Santa Tecla

Rising above A Guarda is Santa Tecla, a Celtic settlement with over 100 houses. Now fully restored 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 absolutely breathtaking.

Make time to visit Santiago

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.

Visit the historic mills of Folón and Picón

These 60 historic mills wind their way uphill through beautiful countryside offering a number of enticing walking routes. The local people see walking these routes as the perfect way to make contact with nature, culture and the rich history of their ancestors. You’ll find the mills well signposted from the centre of O Rosal. You’ll also find a Tourist Information Office at the Mills and a good restaurant nearby, A Casa da Pintora.

Follow the Rías Baixas wine route

The house is situated near Galicia's most important wine making region. Visit a number of bodegas, soak up their rich legacy and sample some of the region's finest wines. Find more info on the wine route at www.rutadelvinoriasbaixas.com

Visit the Templo Votivo del Mar and Visigoth Arch in Panxón

Constructed between 1932 and 1937 by the architect Antonio Palacios, the Votivo del Mar temple is situated near the port of Panxón. Dedicated to the Virgin del Carmen (patron saint and protector of the seas), it is also known as the Parish church of San Juan in remembrance of the old church which stood where the Visigoth Arch remains today. Dating from the end of the 7th Century, the arch has a horseshoe form, typical of Visigoth art which supports two plain columns. The top of the arch, although in a poor state of conservation, shows a double crown of leaves and a series of geometric elements.

Mirador de Monteferro

From this natural lookout point, it is possible to contemplate the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean and the Estelas Islands which separate the Vigo River from the entrance to the bay of Baiona. The Monteferro natural park is home to numerous species of Seagulls and Marine Cormorants that can be seen perched on the rocks.

A Ramallosa Bridge

The A Ramallosa Bridge crosses the Miñor River which separates the municipalities of Nigrán and Baiona. It was built in the 12th century under the orders of San Pedro Telmo, Bishop of Tui. The bridge is also the source of one of Galicia’s many legends. It is said that any woman that repeatedly miscarried would come to the bridge at midnight to perform fertility rites, bathing her stomach in water from the river. The first person to cross the bridge after the spell had been cast would then be asked to be the Godparent of the newly born child, an honour that could not be refused.

Pazos

Examples of the legacy left by the prosperous feudal age, there are many Pazos (noble houses) to be found in Nigrán. Travelling from the centre of Nigrán along Rúa dos Pazos you will pass Pazo de Cea (just off of Rúa dos Pazos on Camiño de Cea) and Pazo de Cadaval-Urziaz (closed to the public) before reaching the Pazo de A Touza, considered the most important in Nigrán. Constructed in the 16th Century under the order of Vázquez Ozores, it is a stunning building and it sits amongst beautifully tended gardens. It now functions as a hotel and it is possible for members of the public to have a wander around and enjoy a drink at the bar. Look out for the family coat of arms carved in wood in the reception.

Set foot aboard the Pinta

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 brought from the newly 'discovered' land.

Explore Vigo

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, the second largest fishing port in the world.

Nearby

Towns

Gondomar 10 mins
Baiona 15 mins
Vigo 30 mins
Pontevedra 40 mins

Beaches

Playa de Ladeira 10 mins
Playa América 10 mins
Playa de Patos 15 mins
Playa de Canido 20 mins
Playa Ribeira 20 mins

Airports

Vigo 30 mins
Santiago de Compostela 90 mins
Porto 100 mins
A Coruña 120 mins
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