Villa Caridad

Baiona and Nigran

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Web Ref: 3480
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Accommodation

  • Upper ground floor:  Spacious sitting room with sea views (TV, DVD, WiFi, fireplace) with door to covered terrace.  Twin bedroom with en suite shower room.  Double bedroom.  Shower room.  Single bedroom with additional pull out bed.  Twin bedroom.  Central heating throughout the house.
  • Lower ground floor:  Kitchen/dining room (oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave) with door to covered terrace.  Cloakroom. 
  • Outside:  Spacious grounds of lawns and flowerbeds.  Open and covered terraces.  In-built barbecue.  Poolside shower.  Private parking. 
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 3.5m) with Roman steps

To watch the sun as it sets on Galicia’s beautifully unspoilt southernmost coastline is something that few are likely to forget.  As the sky turns pink beyond the rugged natural beauty of the shoreline it is almost impossible not to stop at one of the strategically placed viewpoints that adjoin the coast road as it follows the open ocean from A Guarda to Baiona, to admire the scene: a magical sky of rapidly changing colours as the sun dips into a seemingly endless expanse of ocean.

It is this idyllic backdrop that is enjoyed by Villa Caridad, a perfect viewpoint in itself and wonderfully situated to enjoy this stunning tract of coastline. Nestling against a lush screen of tall trees and mature shrubs just below the coast road, this beautifully presented home and its spacious grounds face directly onto the ocean, separated from the shoreline by only a few gently sloping fields of shrubs and grassland. 

Conveniently passing through these fields, the famous Camino de Santiago provides a scenic footpath to Oia, a picturesque village in which charming streets lead the way to two restaurants, a small grocery shop, a bakery, cafes, and a sandy beach, all overlooked by a stunning 12th Century Royal Monastery. This is just 1.1km from the house whilst for more energetic guests, a cycle track follows the coast road southwards for 11km to the fishing town of A Guarda.

No doubt many guests will however wish to spend as much time as possible in the house itself since this maritime retreat has so much to offer: light-filled rooms that are smart and attractively furnished, a spacious sitting room with sea views, outdoor dining whilst listening to the waves and lush grounds offering both sea and hillside vistas.

The internet connection is delivered by MiFi, which is via a mobile network device

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Great Things to Do Near Villa Caridad

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 Minho River and is just an hour’s drive from the house. Just make sure you have the ability to cross the corder on your Car Hire policy. If you don't have the cross-border facility, take the ferry from A Guarda across to the historic town of Caminha.

Visit La Virgen de la Roca

The statue was designed by Antonio Palacios and built between 1910 and 1930 and stands at an impressive fifteen and a half metres, which makes for some creative picture taking! You can reach the top of the statue by climbing the steps which circles up to a platform from which you will see a fantastic view of the Atlantic ocean, another amazing opportunity for photos over the enormous stretch of blue water and sky. Inside the statue there is a small box in which you will find a selection of silver and gold coins, and information telling you about the Virgin.

Explore 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, their culture and the rich history of their ancestors.

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.

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 it offers 10km of paths with spectacular views across the Minho River. There are prehistoric and roman remains in the park, 5 look out points as well as a great variety of flora and fauna.

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.

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. It is located on the Monte Boi peninsula and is just a short drive from the house. 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.

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 Atlantico) with a sea-water swimming pool and a gym. It also offers child minding facilities and has an excellent restaurant too.

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.

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.

Explore the A Groba Hills

An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Serra dá Groba (La Siera da A Groba) lies between Baiona, Oia, A Guarda and O Rosal. Home to a rich variety of flora and fauna as well as mountain streams, small lakes and waterfalls, this area is great for walking.

Step back in time at the A Cabeciña archaeological site

In Mougás, Oia you’ll find the impressive archaeological site of A Cabeciña. With a series of Bronze Age petroglyphs and the remains of an Iron Age settlement, this elevated point affords stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the Atlantic Ocean.

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. Even better, why not enjoy it from a terrace with stunning sea views? You can do this at the two restaurants in Oia, both walking distance from the house.

Take in the history and majesty of the Royal Monastery of Oia

This stunning monastery was founded in the 12th century by King Alfonso VII. Throughout its history it has played important role in the social and economic development of the surrounding area and it was declared a National Monument in 1931. Facing out towards the Atlantic Ocean, it occupies a unique location just above the waves. The monastery is currently part of a huge renovation project so public access is restricted but a walk around the exterior is well worthwhile.

Walk part of the Camino de Santiago

The coastal path near the property forms part of the Portuguese Coastal route of the Camino de Santiago, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimages. In 1.1km you will be in Oia, Baiona lies 19km northwards and A Guarda 12km southwards. However far you choose to go, stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean are guaranteed.

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.

Follow the Rías Baixas wine route

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

Take a boat trip along the River Minho

Widely regarded as the most beautiful of the Galician Rías, you'll be surrounded by stunning views of both Spain and Portugal as you sail along this natural border between the two countries. Aquamiño offer a wide range of tours starting in Tui. Full details can be found at www.aquamino.com

Visit the majestic Mount Santa Tecla

With an elevation of 341 metres, visitors are rewarded with spectacular views of the River Minho, Spain, Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore, the summit is home to a fascinating former Celtic settlement with restored houses, a museum and petroglyphs dating to 2000 years before the Celtic occupation of the site.

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

Oia 5 mins
O Rosal 15 mins
A Guarda 15 mins
Oia (on foot) 15 mins
Baiona 25 mins
Tui 40 mins
Pontevedra 70 mins

Beaches

Playa de Santa María de Oia 5 mins
Playa de Area Grande 15 mins
La Armona 20 mins
Playa Ribeira 25 mins
Playa América 30 mins
Playa de Patos 40 mins

Airports

Vigo 40 mins
Porto 85 mins
Santiago de Compostela 100 mins
A Coruña 130 mins
Times are approximate

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