Ria de Pontevedra (Rias Baixas)
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Great Things to Do Near La Torre
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 Cies Islands...
A 90 minute ascent rewarded by spectacular views of the Vigo estuary..
Visit the seaside town of Portonovo and try some tasty local delicacies...
Stop off at any tapas bar for a sample of Galician cuisine.
Interested in nautical history? Visit the Masso Maritime Museum in Bueu...
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.
Make time to visit the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela...
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...
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...
Follow the signs for 'Praia Fluvial' by the bridge - there is parking there too and fields and woodland to wander through.
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 horreo to be found in Galicia.
Grab something tasty to cook on your barbecue at the fish auction in Bueu, one of the best in the region...
Be there for the afternoon arrival of the catch at 5 pm.
Spend a day exploring northern 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!
Explore the nearby Morrazo Peninsular, situated between the two rias of Pontevedra and Vigo...
Here you will find 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.
Pontevedra, with its beautiful old town 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.
Treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy...
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.)
Have a go at windsurfing at 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
|Playa de Aguete||1 mins|
|Playa de Lapamán||10 mins|
|Playa de Lagos||25 mins|
|Playa de Liméns||30 mins|
|Santiago de Compostela||60 mins|
|A Coruña||105 mins|