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The Rías Baixas: a paradise to discover

The Rías Baixas are a part of the Galician coastline. They are located in the western coast of the province of A Coruña and along the whole coast of the province of Pontevedra, from the cape of Finisterre to the Portuguese border, enjoying a very unique microclimate.

Near our hotel, you can enjoy activities such as:

Just 600 yards away from our hotel you can find one of Galicia’s most important fun and leisure centres: the Paris Dakart Karting Circuit, which covers almost 650,000 ft2 where different activities take place. The youngest ones can learn how to drive a kart in the children’s circuit and they can even do so in the two-seater karts that they have there. The fastest karts are available for the bravest drivers, who can use the faster track that is 400 metres long and 26 ft wide with plenty of corners. In the same complex you can find other activities such as mini-golf, zip wires, water sphere, a natural lake with canoes and, of course, a quad bike route.

www.parisdakart.com

If you are looking for nature activities to carry out with the whole family in the beautiful island of Arousa, Piragüilla, a company that specialises in adventure tourism, will put you in contact with the environment and the culture of the area (bicycle rides, kayaking a la carte on the Ría de Arosa, kayak rafting down the river Umia, snorkelling, hiking, seafood fishing workshops, rafting…)

www.piraguilla.es

Contact number: +34 625336323/4

Next to A Lanzada beach, those who enjoy surfing can rent material and surf here without any problems. Hotel La Costera can facilitate you a space to store your surfboards.

WestSurfSchool.com was born with the aim of promoting surf in Galicia and facilitating the access of it for anyone who practices this sport. We offer support to those people who would like to learn to practice this sport in a guided and safe manner, caring for the learning process to be the most adequate one and that it guarantees entering the world of surf in the right way.

Discover the passion of surfing with our team of instructors that are FGS-qualified. Our courses are aimed at everyone, regardless of their age, physical shape or level. Also, for your safety, all of our students are covered by an accident insurance during all of our activities.

If you are passionate about mountain biking and being in touch with nature, you cannot miss out on this: discover the routes proposed by the Salnés BBT Centre, which has up to 10 different routes of different levels of difficulty which add up to more than 60 miles. You can rent bicycles right there or, if you have one, bring your own, which we can also store for you in the hotel .

+info. Reception point. +349866804400

www.turgalicia.es/presentacion-centros-btt?langId=es_ES

400 yards from the hotel you can enjoy horse riding around our wonderful scenery. At Hípica Altaya they have trained and calm horses, in case you were thinking of bringing your children who do not have previous horse riding experience.

+Information number: +34 986744266

info@hipicaatalaya.com

If you fancy going on a bicycle ride around our town and you do not have one, at TODO BICI we provide you with a bicycle at an affordable price, so you can get to know Sanxenxo from another point of view, accessing the furthest spots.

For all of this, we have mountain and hybrid bicycles that will allow you to get to beautiful spots with magnificent views, surrounded by nature and peace. You will also be able to ride inside the town without any traffic or parking problems.

+info. Telephone: +34 986 720 916

www.todobicisanxenxo.es

Recommended routes

Just 15 minutes away from the hotel you can discover a beautiful route towards the Monastery of Armenteira.

The route goes through the towns of Meis (San Martiño and Armenteira) and Ribadumia (Barrantes). An old road that used to be used traditionally on Easter Monday goes towards the Monastery of Armenteira. The first part is the route of Molinos de Barrantes, which is a mile long, with six restored windmills (molinos in Spanish) on the way. Following the course of the river Armenteira, you get to Meis, where you can find the windmills of Serén. It is a stunning space that has been perfectly renovated and that has a recreational area on the slopes of the mount of Cabeza de Boi. The windmills take you to Aldea Labrega, a representation in granite of rural life in Galicia in the early 20th century. It has all the traditional elements, such as a church, granary, oven, transept and domesticated animals, made entirely by the Stonemasonry School of the Province of Pontevedra. Here is where the second part of the route starts, which is of medium-high difficulty. It is also the most stunning part of the route thanks to its landscape, nature in its purest form. Finally, at the end of the route is the Monastery of Armenteira, which is a 12th century Galician Cistercian architecture.

Combarro is a seaside town where it seems that time has stood still. It is one of the most beautiful and traditional fisherman’s towns on the Galician coastline. There, you can see the more than 30 granaries that are distributed in front of the sea. At the port you can go on the PELEGRÍN, a boat that will take you around the Ría of Pontevedra, around the island of Tabo and to visit the boats at the mussel cultivations, topping it all with a nice mussel sampling on board accompanied by exquisite Ribeiro wine.

After Combarro, you can go 2.5 miles further on towards Poio-Pontevedra and stop to visit the Monastery of Poio. In the gardens and fields that are adjacent to the monastery, you can find the granary that is considered one of the largest and longest in the whole of Galicia. It is almost 400 ft long and it rests on three rows of tornaratos (the parts that go on the support to stop the mice going up into the granary) instead of the customary two, which is the usual amount in this region, making it a total of 51 supports.

The monastery, declared a Historical-Artistic Monument, is an architectonic complex of incomparable beauty. One could say that they actually are two different monasteries due to the time that they were built.

After Poio, you directly enter Pontevedra, where you can visit the Old Town. Walk around the excellent urban pedestrian surroundings in Pontevedra that encompass history, culture, leisure, landscapes and that special charm that everything that is old has.

Built with the patience of the passing of centuries, this boa vila (good town), with all of its delicious streets and squares with tradesman names filled with buildings of cultured and popular architecture, has one of the most beautiful and best preserved historical complexes in the whole of Galicia.

In recent times it has become a pedestrianised city which is great for long walks, relaxing in its squares and parks and enjoying some tapas, coffee or a drink in any of the lively terraces. You can also see the Ruins of Santo Domingo, which are very close to the Town Hall and the Gothic Basilica of Santa Maria, built in the 15th century.

We also recommend that you visit one of the oldest museums in Pontevedra, founded in the year 1927 and and set up in the last third of the 18th century. The Castro Monteagudo and the García Flórez buildings have the different rooms that the Museum dedicates to the art of navigation that remind us that Pontevedra is a city open to the sea and that its history is written in it.

Beaches

The numerous beaches and coves of Sanxenxo constitute one of the main tourist attractions of the region, both due to the quality of its waters and sand as for the beautiful landscapes that surround it. Proof of that is that 14 of the 24 beaches that exist in the town have the Blue Flag, a distinctive awarded by the European Union for clean waters.

+Info: www.turismodesanxenxo.com

Archaeological Park

The Campo Lameiro Archaeological Park of Rock Art is a suggestive cultural facility located just 40 minutes from the hotel, where you can go on an alternative route after visiting Pontevedra. In just 15 minutes you can get to the Park, which offers its visitors a cultural, educational and recreational offer based on the petroglyphs of Galicia, one of the most outstanding complexes of outdoor rock art in Europe. The Archaeological Park offers a unique experience: the chance to go on a trip back in time to discover the meaning of these mysterious figures and getting a closer look to the everyday life of our ancestors in the Bronze Age in a didactic, recreational and participative way.

The Archaeological Park has a cafeteria, restaurant and shop.

+Info: www.paar.es

Boat rides

We recommend our clients who wish to see the Cíes Islands that they book their trip in advance, especially at the end of July and August. The archipelago of Cíes is located at the entry of the Ría of Vigo, by the island of Martiño, also known as island of Sur. The landscapes that these islands hide are idyllic places of white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, which is why the British newspaper The Guardian chose the beach of Rodas in Cíes as the best beach in the world. These paradise-like landscapes contrast with the local tree forests in areas protected by the winds and the abrupt cliffs facing west, beautiful places where thousands of protected species of birds reproduce, birds such as seagulls and cormorants, worthy of being observed by all visitors. Hiking routes, bird watching, observing wildlife and flora, paradise-like beaches… they all make up a wonder of nature located next to the Atlantic Ocean: the Cíes Islands.

+Info: www.crucerosriasbaixas.com

Located at the entry of the Ría of Pontevedra, which you can enjoy from the cliffs located behind Hotel La Costera (500 yards away), this island of unique natural beauty is the largest of the Galician Atlantic islands, with clean beaches of white sand and crystal-clear waters that make up the island’s eastern side. That is also where the small port and the town are, which has small restaurants whose star dish is the octopus stew (caldeirada).

Rías Baixas Cruises offer the possibility to visit them regularly during Easter Week and from June to September, with nine daily departures from the ports of Sanxenxo and Portonovo, combining the timetables.

+Info: www.crucerosriasbaixas.com

A route around this beautiful ría, is a route around the largest and richest in terms of landscape beauty. The trip is carried out in the area comprised by O Grove, A Toxa, Cambados, Vilanova and Illa de Arousa, with guide explanations on board the boat about the ría and the coastal towns, explaining also how the cultivations of mussels, oysters and scallops in floating platforms (bateas) work, where a stop is also made to show these cultivations. This day trip is complemented with a visit to the area of Faro das Pedras to observe the spectacular view of the seabed through the 30 glasses of the hulls of the Visión Dous catamaran. During the trip, the boat crew will serve an abundant steamed mussels sampling accompanied by wine or soft drinks.



Boarding Port: O Grove

Regular timetables: 11am – 12.30pm – 5pm – 6.30pm

+Info: www.crucerosriasbaixas.com