Ria de Pontevedra (Rias Baixas)
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Great Things to Do Near Os Padrons
to the little sandy beach of Pintens which lies in the sheltered waters of the Ria de Aldan. There's a little 'chiringuito' here where you can buy a fresh fish meal to eat there or take home with you.
Breakfast with sea views....
Open the French windows in the kitchen in the morning and enjoy a leisurely breakfast overlooking the lovely views of the Ria de Aldan.
Discover the little beaches ...
Take a stroll along the coast and discover other delightful little beaches only accessible on foot - Playa de San Xian and Playa de Castiñeira for example.
Furanxos and laurel leaves
If you notice a laurel branch hanging outside a village house there could well be a 'Furanxo' inside. Local wine producers open up their houses when the wine is ready to be sampled. They usually have tapas for sale too. Pop in and try some!
Stop in Hio to view the elaborate stone cross,
a true work of art, crafted from a single piece of stone and famous throughout Galicia.
Take a hike!
The Morrazo peninsular not only has a beautiful coastal landscape but has several hiking routes through the hills to viewpoints offering amazing views over the rias.
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. Then cook the fresh fish on your barbecue as the sun sets over the ria. The localy-caught Galician fish is possibly the tastiest you will find in the world!
Take the half-hourly ferry service from Cangas to Vigo
for a spot of retail therapy. You can buy almost anything in Vigo from one of the four main shopping areas all within easy reach of each other. Visit the Basket Weavers Street where hand made baskets have been produced and sold for years. Also 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!
Take a ferry from Cangas 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.
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.
Held every Friday, this is one of the busiest and best markets in the area. Stroll around and pick up a few bargains, or load up with lot of fresh fruit and vegetables or local cheeses.
Not far away via the motorway and well worth a visit. Walk along the Marina promenade, tour the grounds of the Monterreal Castle, visit the replica of La Pinta (which brought the news of the discovery of the New World to Baiona). Explore the old town or make your way up to the Virgen of La Roca statue and admire the views. Not to mention the excellent restaurants - find time to stop for lunch!
In the hills above Marin, this lake in the Natural Park of Cotorredondo has some beautiful walks, picnic and barbecuing areas and childrens' play areas. You can also cycle or ride a horse around the paths.There are several information booths there with details of walks and activities in the Natural Park.
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.
Cabo Udra and Cabo Home Coastal Paths
Delightful walks along the coast near Bueu (Udra) and Donon (Home) with great photo opportunites and views to the Cies and Ons Islands! As you walk around you will come across old shepherds' huts or the remains of salting factories. Watch out for cormorants and bottle nose dolphins in the sea and sea parsley along the paths.
Ons Island on the Pontevedra Ria,
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 Bueu or many of the mainland towns - the journey lasts around 40 minutes. 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.
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.
Visit the Castle of Soutomaior
surrounded by 100 year old trees and set in magnificient grounds which contain many rare species of plants, including Camelias which thrive in the is part of Galicia. This imposing castle, with drawbridge, portcullis and well preserved walls, has spectacular views from the battlements. Take a picnic or enjoy a meal in the adjoining hotel
Not far away via the motorway and well worth a visit. Walk along the Marina promenade, tour the grounds of the Monterreal Castle, visit the replica of La Pinta (which brought the news of the discovery of the New World to Baiona). Explore the old town or make your way up to the Virgen of La Roca statue and admire the views. Not to to be missed are the excellent restaurants - find time to stop for lunch!
Spend a day in La Toja,
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. Buy some of the toiletries made with the local minerals in the little shop on the island, which also serves as a fascinating museum. There's a craft market to browse around and a casino too.
|O Hío||5 mins|
|Playa de Pinténs||2 mins|
|Playa de Areabrava||5 mins|
|Playa de Nerga||10 mins|
|Playa de Liméns||10 mins|
|Playa de Melide||20 mins|
|Santiago de Compostela||85 mins|
|A Coruña||110 mins|