Viveiro and Rías Altas
Luz e Antón, the owner of Casa do Batán looks forward to welcome you to Viveiro and Rías Altas
The Romanesque style left an indelible memory in the churches of San Pedro and Santa María (where the brotherhoods start their Holy Week processions, declared of tourist interest). Close to the traditional street of Rosalía de Castro, you’ll find the church-convent of San Francisco, declared a Historic-Artistic Site.
Another evidence of the vast medieval legacy is the bridge over the river Landro. It was extended with all grandness for the XV, XVI and XVIII centuries.
To the monuments that we can see at Viveiro, we must add the town’s open spaces, beaches, and natural surroundings, such as Souto da Retorta, also declared a Natural Monument, and considered to be the oldest eucalyptus forests in Europe. Its shores form tranquil estuary beaches with vast sands and excellent services, suitable for water sports. There we can go fishing, hunting and hiking, as well as enjoy numerous water sports. The marina and the lodging house favour these sporting activities.
How to Get There
Distance to main cities: Lugo 91 km, Orense 186 km, Pontevedra 209 km, Vigo 233 km, Coruña 119 km, Ferrol 86 km, Santiago de Compostela 153 km.
Distance to main airports: Vivero is at a distance of 11 km of the airport of Coruña (Alvedro), at 153 km of the airport of Santiago de Compostela (Lavacolla) and at 233 km of Vigo (Peinador)
Access Roads: N-634, LU-642, C-640
Viveiro and Rías Altas: Plan your journey by public transport
Train station and services in Lugo, Galicia (Spain).
The airport is located 10 km from the center of Santiago de Compostela, in the Spanish region of Galicia.
The airport is located in the north of the province, 8 km from the centre of A coruña. Flights from/to London Heathrow, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Ibiza, Seville.
The Asturias Airport is located 14 km from Avilés, 40 km from Gijón and 47 km from Oviedo. Flights from/to London Stansted, Madrid and Barcelona.
Viveiro and Rías Altas weather forecast
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Places to go
Trip to the village of Betanzos, one of the seven ancient capitals of Galicia, Spain.
TO SEE: Another of the seven ancient capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia.
Betanzos has one of the best preserved old towns of Galicia. Officially declared a place of historic-artistic interest.
Well worth seeing: The entire old part with the churches of Santiago, Santa Maria and San Francisco. The palaces of Lanzós and Bendaña. The Casa do Concello (town hall) or the town walls. On the outskirts you might visit the Pasatempo park.
TO DO: Stroll through the streets and enjoy its numerous beautiful spots, stairs and places. Visit the Parque do Pasatempo, a very different park – full of fantasy and famous throughout Europe during the 1920s.
RECOMMEND: Don’t miss out on the famous Betanzos tortilla.
Cedeira, Punta Candieira, San Andrés de Teixido and Garita de Herbeira
Trip to Cedeira, San Anton Corveiro, Punta Candieira, San Andres de Teixido and Garita de Herbeira in the region of Galicia, Spain.
TO SEE: Cedeira: Located at the mouth of the Condominas river. The old part of the village, which still preserves its medieval structure, is on the right side. It is worth taking a walk on the promenade to the port or the Magdalena beach.
San Anton Corveiro: 17th century chapel, situated on a cliff at the entrance of the estuary of Cedeira. Nice view to the ria from the surroundings.
Punta Candieira: Lighthouse situated in Punta Candieira, at 7 kms distance from Cedeira. Its location and the road down to the lighthouse make it a must-see and an unforgettable visit.
San Andres de Teixido: The second most visited shrine in Galicia. Cradle of legends and traditions. “A San Andrés de Teixido vai de morto o que non foi de vivo” the saying goes: “To San Andrés goes dead who didn’t go there alive”. Even if it’s only to comply with this saying or because of its surroundings: San Andres is a must-see place.
Garita de Herbeira: Hut located on the highest cliffs of Europe, 613 m. with a slope exceeding 80%. Another must-see place.
TO DO: Cedeira: Take a walk through the old part of Cedeira down to the port.
San Anton Corveiro: The beach is also worth visiting.
Punta Candieira: The views and surroundings of Punta Candieira are spectacular.
San Andres de Teixido: Apart from visiting the shrine and its fountain (the water is not drinkable), you might like to see the amulets of San Andrés, small figures made of bread crumbs.
Garita de Herbeira: Heading towards Cariño, which is the highest point on the road, you’ll get to the Garita de herbeira hut from where you’ll see the cliffs of A Capela.
RECOMMEND: In San Andrés taste the goose barnacles, which are not only fresh but also reasonably priced.
Enjoy the views of Punta Candieira and, of course, those of the Herbeira hut. And if its at sunset, so much the better. Breathtaking and unforgettable!
Trip to the town of A Coruña – a place of historic and artistic interest – located in the region of Galicia, Spain.
TO SEE: La Coruña is a town that is entirely open to the sea and where nobody is a stranger.
Its old pown has been declared a place of historic and artistic interest.
A modern, peaceful and bright town with the charm of a small population. The ‘old city’ has been officially declared a historic-artistic site.
Well worth seeing: The old part, full of churches and convents; the gardens of San Carlos and its famous galleries; the castle of San Antón; the promenade; the Tower of Hercules, a world heritage site; the San Pedro hill. The shopping and entertainment area of Calle Real street and the port.
TO DO: Strolling through the shopping area and the old town and go out to the port to enjoy its galleries. On the way to the Tower of Hercules, you might want to visit the archaeological Museum of San Antón. And following the path you’ll get to the San Pedro hill where you can enjoy the best views to the Bay of A Coruña.
RECOMMEND: Have a beer and a tapa at the “Bulb” bar (Calle Torreiro, 6), one of the most popular bars in A Coruña. Go up to the Tower of Hercules and the viewpoint of San Pedro hill. Take a trip on the tourist streetcar/tram – a classic old model brought from Lisbon – from the port to Riazor.
Lugo – World Heritage Site
Walking tour through Lugo, a World Heritage Site, situated in the region of Galicia, Spain.
TO SEE: Renowned for its Roman wall, a World Heritage Site, the old town of Lugo does not only offer a rich artistic but also a rich culinary heritage. Not for nothing, Galicians and Spaniards say that Lugo is the best place to eat.
The Roman wall and everything inside is officially declared a site of historic and artistic interest.
Don’t miss out on: The Roman wall, the bridge, the Roman spa and the cathedral; the Provincial Museum; other churches, the town hall, the House of the Mosaics, the San Marcos palaces and the Praza do Campo.
TO DO: Take a walk along the Roman wall, visit the cathedral and the House of Mosaics and enjoy the atmosphere of the town’s bars. The Roman spa and bridge are located outside the city.
If you’d like to do some shopping: Lugo has a good range of shops in the center.
RECOMMEND: Enjoy the wall and the cathedral and the delicious gastronomy. The best places to eat are near the Rúa Nova and the Rúa da Cruz streets.
Mondoñedo, located in the Spanish region of Galicia, has a very attractive old town and splendid examples of traditional Galician architecture.
TO SEE: Birthplace of Cunqueiro, one of the seven ancient capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia, seat of the bishop … There is much we can say about Mondoñedo.
Its old town has been declared historic and artistic site.
Walk through the medieval streets or take a seat next to Cunqueiro beholding the cathedral might be one of the most enjoyable activities you can do here.
Well worth seeing: the Cathedral, the Diocese Museum, the Plaza de la Catedral, the 16th century fountain ‘Fonte Vella’, the neighbourhood known as ‘Barrio Dos Muiños’ and the ‘Ponte do Pasatempo’ bridge.
TO DO: Take a stroll through the streets. Visit the Cathedral and its surroundings and enjoy the 16th century fountain Fonte Vella on your way to the ‘Barrio dos Muiños’ neighborhood, which was the old Jewish Quarter. In Os Muiños you can see the Ponte do Pasatempo bridge.
RECOMMEND: The views of the cathedral and its square. Enjoy the delicious Mondoñedo cake from La Alianza cake shop. Visit the Ponte do Pasatempo bridge and the Fonte Vella fountain.
Walk through the touristic town of Viveiro, located in the northern Spanish region of Galicia.
TO SEE: Fishing village with title of town.
Its old part, a historic and artistic site, is the largest in the north of Galicia.
Part of its huge architectural heritage is based on its important port commerce since the Middle Ages.
Places of interest:
Remains of the town wall and its 3 gates, Santa Maria church and San Francisco church, the main square (Plaza Mayor), its galleries, the convent of Valdeflores, the viewpoints of Monte San Roque, Castelo and Faro, the beaches, the bridge over the river, the Leandro riverbank walkway, the ethnographic area of Insua and the Romanesque church of San Pedro.
TO DO: Take a stroll through the town’s historic center, go to one of its viewpoints such as San Roque or Monte Faro, visit the ethnographic area of A Insua, take a walk at the beach of Area and enjoy the great atmosphere in the local bars.
RECOMMEND: The surroundings of Santa Maria church at night. The atmosphere in the bars of Viveiro’s historic center.
Celtic Fort: Castro de Viladonga
Trip to ‘Castro de Viladonga’ – a celtic fort of the late Roman period, located in the Spanish region of Galicia.
TO SEE: Located near the town of Lugo, in Castro de Rei, this Celtic fort of the late Roman period has several ramparts and moats. The large amount of material found can be seen in the archaeological museum.
TO DO: Visit the museum first and then fully enjoy the tour through the fort.
RECOMMEND: The fort results more enjoyable if you visit previously the museum.
Mariscal Pardo de Cela Fortress in Alfoz
Trip to the Mariscal Pardo de Cela Fortress and the water museum, located in the village of Alfoz, northern Spain.
TO SEE: Alfoz, with its beautiful valley and surroundings, offers two interesting visits:
At Fortaleza Mariscal Pardo de Cela you can still see the remains of this fortress situated on a small hill in the valley and watered by the Ouro river. It was made entirely of granite.
Finca Galea: Situated next to the fortress, Finca Galea is a Galician manor that houses an interesting water museum you might like to visit.
TO DO: Enjoy the views from the hill and visit the water museum.
RECOMMEND: Although you have to pay admission, the water museum is worth it since it shows you a fulling mill in use.
Romanesque cathedral in Mondoñedo, celtic fort and beaches of Foz
Trip to the basilica of San Martiño de Mondoñedo, the Castro de Fazouro celtic fort and the beautiful beaches of the coastal village of Foz, located in the Spanish region of Galicia.
TO SEE: We recommend two visits:
1. San Martiño de Mondoñedo: Located in a valley near Foz, with pre-Romanesque and Romanesque elements. It is said to be the first cathedral in Spain and Southern Europe. The site has been declared National Monument and is an architectural gem that you should not miss out on.
2. Fazouro Castro: Remains of a Celtic fort located on a cliff next to the Arealonga beach. Currently only a small part has been excavated of the estimated 7000 meters.
TO DO: Both the Basilica of San Martiño de Mondoñedo and the Castro de Fazouro deserve a visit. In between you could relax on some of the beaches of Foz.
RECOMMEND: Let yourself be guided by the lady that serves in the Basilica. She doesn’t charge anything, but if you want to give her some money it wouldn’t go amiss (however probably she only speaks Spanish and the Galician language).
Sargadelos and the Lover’s walk
Sargadelos, declared a historic-artistic site and situated in the Spanish region of Galicia, is one of Europe’s most unique porcelain design and creation companies.
TO SEE: Sargadelos is one of Europe’s most unique porcelain design and creation companies, with more than two hundred years of history closely linked to the development of Galician culture in all spheres of creativity. Declared a historic-artistic site, it comprises – apart from the current ceramics factory – the remains of the old Royal Foundry Factory, the residential manor and the administration house.
The Royal Foundry Factory had the first charcoal-fired blast furnaces in Spain.
Parallel to the water channel, that supplied the complex, there is a path called “Lover’s Walk” (Paseo de los Enamorados).
Worth seeing: The exhibition and the ceramics factory, the Lover’s Walk (Paseo de los Enamorados) and the remains of the foundry.
TO DO: Visit the factory site, especially the china production area and stroll along the Lover’s Walk (Paseo de los Enamorados).
RECOMMEND: The factory’s shop has an area where you’ll find well-priced ‘defective’ items.
A Praia das Catedrais – Natural Monument
In the cliffs the sea has sculpted one of Spain’s most famous beaches: A spectacular range of arches, columns and vaults known to locals and tourists as the Praia das Catedrais, the “beach of the cathedrals”.
TO SEE: Playa de las Catedrales, or the ‘beach of the cathedrals’, officially called ‘Praia de Aguas Santas’ (beach of holy waters), is located in the village of Ribadeo and boasts being one of the most visited and photographed beaches in Spain. Actually it has impressive rock formations due to the waves that caused erosion of the cliff. This beach has been declared Natural Monument and is a must-see, however always and only when the tide is low.
TO DO: Stroll along the beach to its east end, where you’ll find the famous natural arches.
RECOMMEND: The interesting part of the beach can only be visited when the tide is out, so it is important to bear in mind the natural order of ebb and flow.
Barqueiro, Porto de Bares and Estaca de Bares Cape
Visit to several villages and stunning viewpoints of the Cantabrian coast, such as Porto do Barqueiro and the cape of Estaca de Bares.
TO SEE: Well worth seeing:
Porto do Barqueiro: A village with coastal architecture and structure. Due to its similarity to Cudillero, a village in Asturias, people call it also “The Galician Cudillero”. This is one of the most beautiful villages of the Cantabrian coast.
Porto de Bares: A fishing village at the shelter of the Estaca de Bares cape. The port’s Phoenician dam dates back to the seventh century BC.
Sor River: One of the best preserved rivers. It is surrounded by native forest and offers several viewpoints, waterfalls, bridges and recreational areas. The PR-G8 route ‘Rio Sister-Morgallón’ follows the river bed.
Estaca de Bares Cape: The northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, where the Cantabrian Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. There are an ornithological station and some watermills in the surroundings.
Semáforo de Bares: This viewpoint is situated at 280 meters altitude. The former facilities of the old lighthouse were altered to a hotel. From the viewpoint you’ll see the ria of Viveiro and O Barqueiro as well as the Estaca de Bares cape and part of the western A Mariña coast.
TO DO: Go to the lighthouse and the cape, the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula.
Enjoy the views from the ‘Semáforo’ and then go down to Porto de Bares to see its beach and Phoenician dam.
Don’t miss out on Porto do Barqueiro and – in case you get there at mealtime – have dinner in one of its restaurants.
If you feel like doing some hiking: The PR-G8 route is ideal since the path goes along the Sor river within beautiful surroundings.
RECOMMEND: Don’t miss out on the sunset at the cape, the views from the ‘Semáforo’ viewpoint, the Phoenician dam and the beach of Porto de Bares. Have a meal in the port of Porto do Barqueiro (in a Mesón or a Forno). And if there’s some time left, it’s well worth to drive along the Sor river and stop at one of the public BBQ/recreational areas.
Cariño, Miranda viewpoint and lighthouse of Cape Ortegal
Trip to Cariño, the Miranda viewpoint and Cape Ortegal, in Galicia, Spain.
TO SEE: Cariño: Coastal and canning village, located in the shelter of A Capelada, where you can still enjoy the peacefulness and roughness of nature.
Miranda viewpoint: A real balcony to the Ria of Ortigueira. One of the best views to the Galician coast.
Lighthouse and Cape Ortegal: Where the Serra da Capelada meets the sea. Wild and rugged coastline. Breathtaking surroundings.
TO DO: Take a walk up to the Miranda viewpoint. Later, on the way to Ortegal cape, stop at the viewpoint Do Lima, where you can enjoy beautiful views to Cariño and the Ria of Ortigueira. Cape Ortegal is simply impressive, between these imposing cliffs and the sea. This is the perfect prelude to enjoy the peacefulness of Cariño.
RECOMMEND: Cape Ortegal is awesome in good weather, but even better when there’s a storm.
Ortigueira, Espasante and the Picón cliffs
Trip to the Galician villages of Ortigueira and Espasante and to the stunning beach of Picón.
Ortigueira: Coastal village located on the estuary of the same name. This is the largest ria of Northern Galicia and famous due to its Celtic festival: “Festival do Mundo Celta”.
Espasante: Small fishing village with two beaches and a very nice viewpoint to the Ortigueira river.
Picon: One of the most spectacular and yet least known stretches of the Galician coast. Beaches, coves and virgin cliffs facing up to the roughness of the Bay of Biscay.
TO DO: Take a stroll through the town center of Ortigueira and visit the beach of Morouzos.
Take a walk through Espasante and enjoy the peaceful and coastal atmosphere.
The coast of Picon is unique: Quiet, wild and solitary.
RECOMMEND: Enjoy the Atlantic ocean on the beach of Picon.
Pontedeume forest and Caaveiro Monastery
Hiking tour through the Pontedeume forest and to the monastery of Caaveiro, located in the Spanish region of Galicia.
TO SEE: On both banks of the Eume river, you’ll find a mixed hardwood forest which is a relevant European climate forest. The Monastery of Caaveiro, located in the park, is well worth a visit.
TO DO: Any of its routes. You might also visit the Monastery of Caaveiro, situated in the park.
RECOMMEND: We recommend to check the guided tours to the monastery. Autumn is probably the best time of the year for a visit.
Pozo da Ferida Waterfall
Pozo da Ferida is a stunning waterfall, located in Viveiro, with a vertical drop of over 30 meters.
TO SEE: Pozo da Feria is a spectacular waterfall of over 30 meters, formed by the Xudreiro river, a tributary of the Landro river. Located amidst a beautiful and completely virgin natural setting you can get there either by car or walking from Casa do Batan.
TO DO: Enjoy the tranquility of the natural pool under the waterfall, sitting in the shade of the native forest.
RECOMMEND: Leave your car at the hotel and go for a walk from Casa do Batan – it is clearly the best and most beautiful option.
Souto da Retorta Natural Monument in Viveiro
In the Souto da Retorta woodland – also known as the eucalyptus grove of Chavín – near the town of Viveiro, we can find some of the tallest and widest eucalyptus trees on the continent.
TO SEE: Souto da Retorta, located in a meander of the Landro river, is a woodland where you can find some of the tallest and widest eucalyptus trees on the continent, such as the famous “avó” or “grandfather” which is probably the highest eucalyptus tree in Europe, planted in around 1880.
From Casa do Batan it is a comfortable walk of just a bit more than half an hour. The area has been declared a natural monument.
TO DO: Go for this nice and easy walk of just one kilometer that leads you under a hundred-year-old trees and along the Landro River to the “Avó”, probably the tallest tree in Spain.
It’s nicer to go in the morning since there are fewer people and the environment comes to life.
Hiking trails from Casa do Batan
Three hiking trails in the surroundings of Casa do Batán.
Castro de Viladonga Celtic Fort in Castro Rei>
This visit explores the culture of typical pre-Roman forts and fortifications in Galicia, with beautiful natural surroundings. The old town of Castro Rei has been declared Property of Cultural Interest.
Celtic fort of the late Roman period, located in the Galician town of Castro Rei, which has been declared Property of Cultural Interest.
The fortified Galician-Roman settlement itself has still several walls and moats. Due to the great amount of material found, it was possible to create the stunning Archaeological Museum which is particularly worth visiting for the quality and quantity of the remains. Situated at the foot of the defensive wall of the settlement, it contains a range of objects from the everyday life of the village dating back almost 2,000 years. Its collection comes from the excavations carried out at the site, which uncovered numerous items, including weapons, games, farm tools, ornaments, etc.
On the other side, the streets of the historic quarter of Castro de Rei are a good example of a typical urban layout in the towns and villages in the region of Lugo.
Distance/Time: 80 kms
Castro de Viladonga fortress, Castro Rei
Fragas do Eurne Nature Park
The Fragas del río Eume park is considered to be one of Spain’s crown jewels in terms of forestry and constitutes the most important example of the survival of the indigenous forest in the coastal area of Galicia.
This nature reserve is a space marked by the basin of the River Eume and the oak forests (called ‘fragas’, hence the name of the park). The landscape could be described as partially mountainous and its main value is that it has survived since the Neolithic. The oak has been so important in the culture of this region that for centuries it was the object of ancient cults. The park is also one of Spain’s area with the most valuable fauna: it has catalogued 15 species of amphibians, 14 species of reptiles, 8 species of fish, 103 species of birds and 41 species of mammals.
Don’t miss out on the Caaveiro monastery, well worth a visit and located within the park.
Distance/Time: 80 kms
Cabañas, A Capela, Monfero and Pontedeume
Route along the coast between Viveiro and Cedeira
Route from Viveiro to Cedeira, passing through several villages and monuments on the coast of the Spanish region of Galicia.
Route along the coast between Viveiro and Cedeira. Beaches, cliffs, viewpoints, sanctuaries or capes are part of the tour that takes you to one of the most rugged landscapes of Galicia.
Distance/Time: 120 km round trip
Cedeira, San Antón de Corveiro, Punta Candieira, San Andrés de Teixido, Garita de Herbeira, Mirador de Miranda, Faro y Cabo Ortegal, Cariño, Ortigueira, Espasante, Picón, Estaca de Bares, Semáforo de Bares, Porto de Bares, Porto do Barqueiro; Playas: La Magdalena en Cedeira, Morouzos en Ortigueira, Esteiro en Mañón, Xilloi en O Vicedo, San Román en O Vicedo, Abrela en O Vicedo
Route from Casa do Batán along the coast of Lugo
Route along the coast between Viveiro and Ribadeo, passing through several beautiful villages and towns of the Spanish region of Galicia.
This route runs along the coast between Viveiro and Ribadeo. Amongst others you can visit the capitals of the former Kingdom of Galicia, spectacular beaches, Pre-Romanesque basilicas, cathedrals or industrial complexes. There are plenty of interesting places in the North of the province of Lugo.
Distance/Time: Approx. 100 km one way
Mondoñedo, Ribadeo, Praia das Catedrais beach, San Martiño de Mondoñedo basilica, Fortaleza Mariscal Pardo de Cela fort and Finca Galea, Castro de Fazouro fort, Sargadelos and Lovers Walk, San Cibrao, Punta Roncadoira; beaches of Esteiro in Xove, LLas in Foz, celtic forts in Ribadeo.
Surroundings of Casa do Batán
Tour comprising several villages and monuments in the surroundings of Casa do Batán.
Tour through the surroundings of Casa do Batán, including the town of Viveiro, its ria and the Leandro river valley.
Viveiro, A Insua, Faro mountain, Area beach, San Roque, beach of Covas, walk along the Landro river, Valdeflores monastery, Monte Castelo, San Pedro church, Fraga das Saimas and Curro de Candaoso, Souto da Retorta, Pozo da Ferida waterfall.