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Route in the Bajo Miño region

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  • Miño River passing through Tui © Turespaña

    Miño River passing through Tui © Turespaña

  

A walk by the riverside

On this route in the southwest of Galicia we'll be able to enjoy beaches, cliffs and impressive landscapes where the Miño River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. We'll discover the architectural heritage of towns such as Tui and Baiona. And we'll experience the magic of the old Celts with constructions such as the Santa Tegra fort, and the folkloric celebrations in the area.
 

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We start this three-day route in the tourist and fishing town of Baiona, where we'll be able to visit the Collegiate Church of Santa María (Romanesque-Gothic, 12th-14th centuries), the Chapel of Santa Liberata (18th century) and the medieval fortress of Monterreal (10th-14th centuries), currently a Parador Hotel.

In the Columbus Museum we can find an exact reproduction of the caravel "La Pinta", used by Christopher Columbus to return to Spain after discovering America. In fact, Baiona was the first European port to hear about the success of the expedition (1 March 1493). (If we want, from Baiona we can also get to the medieval town of Gondomar, and to the Boi and A Groba hills, with splendid views of the ocean.)

Then we'll take the road along the coast to Cape Silleiro, which has a working lighthouse and a splendid viewpoint that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Then we'll continue towards the district of Oia (20 kilometres from Baiona), to visit the Cistercian Monastery of Santa María, an architectural gem that combines Romanesque (because it was founded in the 12th century), Gothic and Baroque elements. From June to August, the so-called curros are held in Oia - traditional festivals when wild horses are moved, sold and their manes are cut.

12 kilometres south we'll find the mouth of the Miño River in the Atlantic, next to the fishing and tourist village of A Guarda. On the nearby Santa Tecla (Santa Tegra in Galician) hill, we can find the remains of the fort of the same name, one of the largest and best-preserved Celtic settlements in Galicia.

At our next stop, in the district of O Rosal, (just 5 kilometres up the Miño River) we can walk up to the mills of Folón and Picón, a set of 67 water wheel mills built in the 17th-18th centuries, used to grind the grain and for textile work, which are ready to welcome tourists. We'll also be able to taste the delicious wines of the area with the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin. O Rosal usually holds its Wine Fair in the second half of July.

Then we travel 25 kilometres to the old Roman town of Tui. An important building here is the cathedral, a Romanesque building in transition to Gothic (12th-13th centuries), which houses the Diocesan and Cathedral museums. If we take a walk round the medieval part of town, we'll get to the Convent of Santo Domingo (Gothic, 15th-16th centuries), the Convent of Las Encerradas (Baroque, 17th century), the old convent church of San Francisco (Neoclassical, 18th century), or the many Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses with coats of arms.

We can finish our route with two walks: one towards the parish church of Rebordáns, to visit its Romanesque Church of San Bartolomeu (12th century), and another towards the Monte Aloia Nature Reserve, the old site from where the Celts, in Roman times, came down to the valley of the Miño River to found the city of Tui. In this nature reserve we'll find may routes to go on foot or cycling, camping, a Nature Centre and valuable archaeological remains.

And if we want more, we can always stay a little longer and extend our route from Tui. If we follow the valley of the Miño River we'll get to the bordering tourist village of Salvaterra de Miño (just 15 kilometres away). And if we head north, in O Porriño (15 kilometres from Tui), we'll find the protected nature area of Gándaras de Budiño, a wetland with the oldest Palaeolithic human remains found in Galicia.
 

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Man cooking lobsters at the Lobster Festival. A Guarda, Pontevedra.

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An image representing the arrival of the Pinzón brothers to the town of Baiona in Pontevedra province, bringing news of the discovery of America © EFE

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