Rias Baixas

Rias Baixas

Marian Gomez Alonso, the owner of Casa A Pedreira looks forward to welcome you to Rias Baixas

Description

Paradise could be here, in the southwest of Galicia: The so-called Rías Baixas (low estuaries) display their charm in blue and green – the colours of a sea that penetrates into the land – and in its littoral where cliff lines alternate with broad areas of sand that are accessible from the land.

Towards the capital of the Rías Baixas, Pontevedra, the land is marked by its seafaring tradition. You’ll find hidden spots such as the coves of San Simón, Aldán and Bueu, the “crucero” (stone cross) at Hio (the most beautiful anywhere in Galicia) and, at the mouth of the estuary of Pontevedra, the Islands of Ons and Onza, whose interesting fauna includes cormorants.

Beaches, islands, vineyards, trails, manor houses, churches, seafood, camellias, spas… Noia, Cambados, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Sanxenxo, Pontevedra, Marín, Cangas, Vigo, Mondariz, Baiona, Tui, A Guarda… Landscapes with history, small fishing towns and cities to enjoy any time of year.

However not only outdoorsy persons but also art lovers find in Rías Baixas many places well worth visiting: Fortresses, Romanic, gothic and baroque churches, manors and magnificent museums…

Not to forget the culinary art: Rías Baixas are synonymous with the best cuisine in Galicia. Fish and seafood with the taste of the authentic that – of course – is best enjoyed when enjoyed with a wine of the D.O. Rías Baixas. For many, one of the best white wines in the world.

Travel guide

How to Get There

By car from Madrid:
Leave Madrid on the A-6 motorway toward Lugo. Once you have passed Benavente take exit A-52 toward A-66 León / Vigo / Oviedo. One kilometer later take exit 267 on the left and merge onto A-52 toward Puebla de Sanabria/Ourense/Vigo. Take exit 307 and merge onto A-55 towards Vigo/AP-9/Pontevedra and later exit 662A to merge onto E-1/A-9 towards Aeroporto/Pontevedra.

By car from the north:
Merge onto A-8/E-70 toward A Coruña. In Betanzos take exit 568 and merge onto E-7/A-9 toward E-1/AP-9/A Coruña/Santiago/Ferrol. Follow signs for E-1/AP-9/Santiago and later for Pontevedra.

By car from Barcelona:
Leave Barcelona on the E-90/A-2 motorway to Zaragoza. Take exit 319 on the left to merge onto E-804/A-68 toward Logroño/Pamplona/Miranda de Ebro. Take exit 9 toward Haro/Sto. Domingo de la Calzada. Follow signs for N-232 to Pancorbo/Santander. After approx. 20 kms follow signs for AP-1/Burgos/Valladolid/Madrid and merge onto AP-1. In Burgos follow signs for León (A-231) and in León signs for A-66/Benavente and merge onto A-66. In Benavente merge onto A-52 and follow signs for Ourense and then Vigo. Take exit 307 to merge onto A-55 toward Vigo/AP-9/Pontevedra and follow signs for Pontevedra.

Rias Baixas: Plan your journey by public transport

There are multiple connections between Pontevedra and Vigo, Santiago, A Coruña and/or Ourense. You can also reach Pontevedra from Madrid, Barcelona, León, Irun, Ponferrada or Portuguese cities like Oporto.

Long-distance: Two direct daily trains link up with Madrid (three on Sundays), one with San Sebastian and Hendaye and one with Barcelona. Changing train once, there is a daily service to Bilbao, Portugal and Paris, as well as nearly all of Spain’s main cities.

Several buses depart daily from Pontevedra with destination Cuntis.

The airport is located at approx. 10 km northeast from the town center and offers flights to both national and international destinations (among others to London, Paris, Istanbul, Geneva, Milan)

Rias Baixas weather forecast

Jan 16, 2019 - Wed
Pontevedra, España
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Wind 7 mph, SSW
Humidity 100%
Pressure 763.57 mmHg
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Places to go

Torres do Oeste – Towers of the West

The ‘West Towers’ are the remains of a 12th century castle which consisted of a fortress with seven towers, strategically located on the banks of the river Ulla, right at the mouth of the sea.

TO SEE: Under a modern viaduct over the River Ulla, you’ll find the ruins of the ancient “Castellum Honesti” fortress. They were built in the 12th century by order of Archbishop Gelmírez, in order to stop the Scandinavian and Saracen expeditions on their way to Compostela. During the 18th century the walls served as defence against the British attacks, but subsequently they fell into disrepair.

TO DO: You can see the remains of the walls that made up the rooms of the fortress.

RECOMMEND: The towers, declared a National Monument, display their whole greatness on the first Sunday of August, during the Vikinga Romería commemorating the pillage of the Norman warriors when arriving in the coastal villages of the Arousa estuary.

Barosa River Natural Park

The Natural Park of Rio Barosa in Galicia (Spain) forms a beautiful landscape with waterfalls and fourteen water mills.

TO SEE: The Natural Parque Rio Baroso combines perfectly nature and architecture: Water, vegetation and stone come together to form an exceptional ensemble of waterfalls and fourteen water mills.

TO DO: Have a walk through the park enjoying the waterfalls, windmills, vegetation and landscape. The park is perfectly prepared and set up with information panels, recreational facilities and services. Some of the windmills are restaurants.

RECOMMEND: The 60-meter-waterfall.

Illa de Arousa Island

A Illa de Arousa is a Spanish island and municipality located in the heart of the Ria de Arousa estuary, in the province of Pontevedra, Galicia (Spain).

 

TO SEE: The Illa de Arosa island is a natural paradise, where you can visit the Carreirón Natural Park (which is listed as a special protection zone for heron birds populations among other birds that inhabit the island), its wonderful beaches and ports and enjoy the cuisine and landscape. Being an island it is surrounded by beautiful beaches like the one of Area da Secada, Playa de O Bao.

TO DO: Visit the island’s five ports, stroll through the streets, spend the day at one of the beaches.

RECOMMEND: Visit the Faro de Punta Cabalo lighthouse which houses a restaurant.

Routes

Circular hiking route in Cuntis (PRG-20)

Long-distance circular route in the surroundings of Cuntis where you can enjoy wonderful views and in many cases unique landscapes of great beauty of inland Galicia.

Path long distance and mid-mountain. Along the way we see ancient stone-paved paths and enjoy the wonderful views of Catadoira and Camiño Ferrón. Water is another element with great presence. The waterfalls and pools of the Gallo river accompany the hiker during the first stretches and the Umia River from O Pontón to Ponte Sampaio, passing through small villages such as Cequiril, Fontecova and Rogadio until finally returning to Cuntis.

Distance/Time:
Acces: Cuntis. N-640 A estrada-Caldas de Reis.
Length: 24km
Difficulty: Low-Medium
Duration: 7h
Type: Circular
Points:
Cuntis, Mesego, Vilar do Mato, Cequiril, Fontecova, Rogadio

 

PRG-21

Long-distance route where from Cuntis to Valga (Galicia, Spain) walking on ancient Roman roads.

As a result of its orography, there are many different levels that however do not prevent this route from being comfortable. It links the villages of Cuntis and Valga through old roads that have been built in Roman times. These paths lead from Cuntis, passing through Xiria and Vilariño to Barraña, where you continue on a farm track. In Ribocias you’ll follow a forest path towards Os Martores and Laceiras. Towards Raxoi you’ll find the waterfalls of Valga. From there you’ll descend to San Miguel and from there to Ponte Valga, end of travel.

Distance/Time: Access: From Ponte Valga_ N-550. From Cuntis: N-640
Length: 17 km
Difficulty: medium
Duration: 4h 30min
Points:
Cuntis, Xiri, Vilariño, Barraña, Ribocias, Os Martores, Laceiras, San Miguel, Ponte Valga

Tour of the water mills of the River Barosa (PR-G 105)

Easy and short tour through the River Barosa Nature Park (Galicia, Spain) with its water mills.

This pathway is located in the enclave known as the “River Barosa Nature Park”, an essential resting spot on the Portuguese Road to Compostela, as it passes through the municipality of Barro.

The topography in this park is unique, as the River Barosa cascades through, giving form to the Fervenza da Barosa (waterfall), at a height of thirty metres. Together with this cascade seventeen mills were built, the Upper and Lower Mills, forming a hydraulic complex of great interest.

The first section of the trail runs from the Lower Mills to the bridge of San Breixo, where you can leave the main route and visit the seventeenthcentury church of the same name, from where there is a marvellous view over the valley.

Following the PR-G 105 we come across more mills, some of which are very well preserved.

On the second stretch lies a recreation area with a typical tavern, where a circular path begins across the bridge of A Búa and comes back along the right hand side of the river to the bridge of San Breixo, where the end of the route is marked.

From here you can do the first stretch of the route the other way and come back to the car park.

Distance/Time:
Duration: 1 hour
Length: 2,1 km
Difficulty: Low
Point of Departure / Arrival: San Breixo Bridge (Barro) / Parking area at the River Barosa Nature Park
Points:
River Barosa Nature Park

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