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Route along the Rías Baixas estuaries

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  • Plaza de la Constitución square, Vigo old town © Turespaña

    Plaza de la Constitución square, Vigo old town © Turespaña

  • Convent of San Francisco, Pontevedra © Turespaña

    Convent of San Francisco, Pontevedra © Turespaña


Tradition and modernity

A tour of the Rías Baixas estuary offers an enticing combination of urban, natural and gastronomic attractions. On the one hand there is the cultural offer available in cities such as Vigo and Pontevedra, and on the other, the stunning natural landscapes of the Galicia's spectacular coastline. And all accompanied by the opportunity to enjoy the area's delicious shellfish and the typical local Albariño wine.

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The city of Vigo is a good place to start this route. This industrial port town also boasts sites of remarkable artistic value in its historic centre, such as the Plaza de la Constitución square and the neoclassical church of Santa María. Places not to be missed include the mansion known as the Pazo de Quiñones de León, located in Castrelos park: this 17th-century stately home is also the site of the Vigo Municipal Museum.

We then continue on for another 30 kilometres, bordering the Vigo estuary until we reach the mediaeval castle of Soutomaior. Another 30 kilometres ahead and we come to the village of Cangas, with its views of the Cíes Islands , a part of the Islas Atlánticas National Park.
The next stop is 25 kilometres away in the city of Pontevedra,, the artistic and architectural highlight of our route. Its historic quarter is home to places such as the squares of Teucro, Pereira, Leña, Estrella, Verdura and As Cinco Rúas, where there are abundant mansions and large stately houses. Other sites worth visiting include the Plateresque church of Santa María la Mayor and the church of La Peregrina, dating from the 15th and 18th centuries respectively. Other key points on the visit are the old convents of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, both in the Gothic style. There are also two monasteries in the surrounding area: the Benedictine monastery of San Salvador de Lérez and the Mercedarian convent of San Xoán de Poio.

Continuing on through the area of the Pontevedra estuary, in under 7 kilometres we come to the picturesque fishing village of Combarro. A little further on –around 10 kilometres– is the popular village of Sanxenxo. Continuing along our route towards the O Grove peninsula, as we go deeper into the Arousa estuary the shape of the Ons island with its lighthouse appears before our eyes.
The town of O Grove is an important holiday resort: it has long sandy beaches such as A Lanzada, and the island of A Toxa is the site of a well-known spa. The itinerary continues for about 20 kilometres towards Cambados. Here we can see one of the largest collections of the Galician mansions known as pazos, including those of Fefiñáns, Figueroa, Montesacro and Bazán, as well as the stately homes of the Counts of Maceda and Chariño-Soutomaior, the Gothic church of Santa Mariña Dozo, San Benito de Fefiñáns, and the tower of Santo Tomé. What's more, if we happen to be there in August, we can take part in the famous Albariño Wine Festival.

The two last stops are the nearby towns of Vilanova de Arousa and Vilagarcía de Arousa. Highlights in Vilanova de Arousa include the Romanesque churches of Santa María de Baleiro and San Xoán de Baión, as well as the mansions of Rúa Nova de Adrán, Baión and Cuadrante. This town is also home to the museum and birthplace-house of the writer Ramón María del Valle-Inclán. Sites worth visiting in Vilagarcía de Arousa include the church of San Martiño de Sobrán and the mansions of Vistalegre and O Rial, built in the 16th and 17th centuries respectively.



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Sede Fundación Caixa Galicia Vigo - Vigo
La panadera

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Pontevedra International Jazz Festival

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Festivity of International Tourist Interest

Albariño Wine Festival

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Vilagarcía de Arousa
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