Rías Baixas

The waves in the South

Exploring the Rías Baixas in a motorhome is a sure winner.

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Rías Baixas

Visitors can enjoy the best beaches, culinary and wine offerings, cultural heritage, and leisure and sporting activities in a place considered one of the most attractive destinations in Galicia, especially in the summer.

Coming from the north, and after leaving Albariño country and the Arousa rivermouth, we head towards O Grove, home to A Lanzada, one of the most famous beaches along the Galician shoreline.  More than two kilometres of sand and the open sea, as well as several tourism services have earned it a Blue Flag.  From here we head towards the island of A Toxa, which is accessible by foot.  Its shell-covered church and artisan stalls are well worth the visit, although is best known internationally for its springs, casino, and golf course. Vast marshlands connect O Grove with the neighbouring Sanxenxo, one of the most popular summer spots in Galicia.  A service area for campervans on the Pragueira beach allows us to settle here for a night or two.  Silgar beach is a highlight, with an elevated seafront promenade bursting with restaurants, shops, and a large square (below which you will find underground parking).  From here we can head over to Portonovo, the beginning of a great hiking route that leads us to the nearby beaches of Canelas and Montalvo, and then on to the cliffs of the Punta de Cabicastro.  The latter, along with Cabo Home, marks the boundaries of the Pontevedra estuary.

Continuing along the highway which clings to the coast, we head towards Pontevedra.  Only a few kilometres out of the city we find the Monasterio de Poio (Poio Monastery), an essential stop on our journey.  Don't miss Combarro, believed to have the smallest historical centre in Galicia, where you will be dazzled by the magic of the hórreos (granaries), boats, and its seaside houses.  Make sure you try the churrasco and the grilled sardines. At the other end of the estuary, you'll find a natural conservation area and the rehabilitation centre for Fauna Silvestre in Cotorredondo.  North of the capital of Lérez, we find ourselves in one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Galicia, where a visit to the Parque Arqueológico de Arte Rupestre de Campo Lameiro (Campo Lameiro Archaeological Park of Cave Paintings) cannot be missed. Heading out on the coastal road once again and turning southward, we find the Ría de Vigo (Vigo Estuary) and San Simón inlet, stopping at Cesantes beach.  Nearby we have the Castillo de Soutomaior (Soutomaior Castle), whose gardens are open to the public and contain one of the most important collections of camellias in Galicia.  In 2012, the gardens became the first in Spain to be recognised by the International Camellia Society for their excellence.  We can also spend the night at the Isla de Ons (Ons Island), taking advantage of their hiking and biking routes, as well as the excellent food and beaches.

Following the coast, our journey continues as we enter the region of Val Miñor.  If you want to head to the beach, we recommend Nigrán and Playa América (América Beach), with its Blue Flag and excellent service, as well as Panxón, or Patos, one of the best surfing and bodyboarding beaches in Galicia.  Finally, we arrive in Baiona, one of the most popular tourists spots on the western part of the peninsular.  Named as a site of Historical Artistic Interest, it was at this port that the caravel Pinta arrived, bringing the news of the discovery of the Americas.  The Castillo de Monterreal (Monterreal Castle), its water sport offerings, its beaches, and its excellent food are just a few of the reasons that Baiona has won our hearts.  Enjoy your stay!

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