La Torre

Ria de Pontevedra (Rias Baixas)

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Living/dining room (fireplace,TV, DVD, CD) with French doors to covered terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Two double bedrooms. Two twin bedrooms. Two bathrooms. WiFi. Central heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: Landing. Secondary sitting room (TV, DVD).Two twin bedrooms. Single bedroom with en suite shower room. Single bedroom. Two shower rooms.
  • Outside: Mature garden with lawns and flower beds. Open and covered terraces. In-built barbecue. Private covered parking.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps.

If we were to compile a list of prime locations, this would undoubtedly be at the top! Sitting amidst mature enclosed gardens only 150m from the sandy shore of the Ría de Pontevedra, this smart home lies within striking distance of all the appealing features we seek. A picturesque cove sheltered by lush tree covered slopes, a local restaurant with spectacular views across the water and a typical port can all be reached on foot.

The orientation of the property towards the water means that whether you are swimming in the pool, relaxing on the wide lawn or dining on the covered terrace, the nearby estuary will be visible ahead.

From the entrance gate, follow the road for just 100 metres and you will reach a restaurant, which sits elevated above the beach and offers an appetising menu of regional dishes during the summer months of July and August. Alternatively, cross the road and take a path through the trees to reach the beach of Aguete, where golden sands curve around to the nearby port, which sits on the headland and offers more options for dining out.  Just above here in the village of Seixo, all amenties can be found.

With so much available so close to hand you may not feel the need to use the car. Nevertheless, a drive of just 5 minutes takes you to Marín, a bustling port with an attractive centre of narrow streets and typical bars and restaurants.

Continue eastwards from here for a further 10 minutes to discover the impressive heritage of Pontevedra, where fine historical buildings line a delightful network of narrow cobbled streets, opening out every now and then into ornate stone flagged squares.

Inside, the well equipped house is equally appealing. Frequently used by its owners until recently, the comforts and attention to detail of a much loved family home are clearly evident and combine with an air of spaciousness to create an appealing and welcoming abode.

Downstairs, the bedrooms are accessed from a wide hall, whilst French windows lead from the roomy living room onto the covered terrace at the front. An additional sitting room is available upstairs, where sloping ceilings and exposed beams in all rooms introduce an air of character and charm.

Parties paying the small party rate will have use of the ground floor bedrooms only.

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Great Things to Do Near La Torre

Explore the regional capital Vigo,

the second largest fishing 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.

Climb the Monte Faro lighthouse

on the Islas Cies, a 90 minute ascent rewarded by spectacular views of the Vigo estuary..

Portonovo on the opposite bank

of the Ria de Pontevedra must be visited to sample traditional food a la Gallega with skate and floury potatoes all delicately cooked in a deliciously rich sauce.

Interested in nautical history? Visit the Maritime Museum in Bueu

which has grown from the area's fish processing industry. The museum contains maritime ethnography, nautical instruments and furniture and interesting archaelogical remains.

La Toja is home to a 'Balneario'

of spas and thermal waters. Take the bridge over to the island to take the waters, renowned for their healing effects on the skin. You can buy some pampering goodies to take home with you here in the little shop which also serves as an informative museum.

A trip to Santiago is obligatory!

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.

Stroll down to the port area of Aguete

and watch the boats arriving as the evening sun begins to set.

Spend a relaxing day river bathing and picnicking on the banks of the River Verdugo

near Pontecaldelas. Follow the signs for 'Praia Fluvial' by the bridge - there is parking there too and fields and woodland to wander through.

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 horreo to be found in Galicia.

The fish auction in Bueu

is one of the best in the region. Be there for the afternoon arrival of the catch at 5 pm.

Visit Portugal.

It takes just 30 minutes or so to walk (or you can drive) 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.

Try some typical Galician dishes -

octopus, potatoes and chorizo, Galician stew and empanadas. Empanada is a pie which can contain anything and everything - but is most likely to have tuna, seafood or pork.

Follow the Albariño wine tour,

'the wine of the sea', as far as the fishing village of Combarro. The Rias Baixas produce one of the finest white wines in Spain and you can often buy fresh local produce in little stores which will be unique to the area.

Sanxenxo has a stunning beach with white sand

and clear waters and an upmarket holiday atmosphere. The promenade and numerous cafés bordering the beach are great for strolling and people watching too!

The Morrazo Peninsular,

situated between the two rias of Pontevedra and Vigo,possesses some of the most attractive and varied beaches of the Rias Baixas. Two of the nicest (Barra and Nerga, the former a naturist beach) are approached through the shade of the pine trees and dunes that form their backdrop .There are many other beaches to explore such as the pretty beach of Menduina and the beach at Bon which has calm seas and a play area - fun for children.

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. Much of the city is now pedestrianised, so pick up a map and a walking route from the tourist office for a step-by-step sightseer's guide.

Galicia has many thermal springs

with reputed medicinal qualities. The Thermal Village in Cuntis dates back to Roman times and many have claimed to have rid themselves of their aches and pains over the years. Now a new spa has been built which you can try for yourselves.

With its beautiful old town,

Pontevedra is not only a feast to the eyes but also the taste buds! Try some Iberian pork, some delicious Spanish cheeses or the unforgettable home smoked salmon from the Meson area situated behind the Town Hall. If you would like to see a bull ring, take the opportunity whilst visiting - Galica's only bull ring is here and the tradition of bull fighting is still strong.

Shopping!

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, pay a visit to 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! (Theres also a shop in Baiona.)

Windsurfers should head for La Lanzada beach

between Sanxenxo and O Grove. A spectacular beach, backed by sand dunes, from where you can still see the ruins of an old tower-fortress which was once part of the defense system of Santiago de Compostela

Nearby

Towns

Marin 5 mins
Bueu 15 mins
Pontevedra 20 mins
Vigo 40 mins
Baiona 55 mins

Beaches

Playa de Aguete 1 mins
Playa de Lapamán 10 mins
Playa de Lagos 25 mins
Playa de Liméns 30 mins

Airports

Vigo 40 mins
Santiago de Compostela 60 mins
A Coruña 105 mins
Porto 120 mins
Times are approximate

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