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Rías Baixas exposed-Fishing villages

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This outing will be determined by Galicia's long seafaring tradition. We propose discovering the Rías Baixas and the region of O Salnés, to understand a little more about the culture of Galicia and getting to know its seas, its landscapes and the traditions of these towns bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Pontevedra, Combarro, O Grove and Cambados will amaze us with their large marine areas and we will also take a trip in a catamaran along the estuary and taste mussels and Albariño wine on board.

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The outing borders the peninsula of O Salnés, among the Rías Baixas of Arousa and Pontevedra and its large and small islands: Ons, in the estuary of Pontevedra, and Arousa, Sálvora, Cortegada and A Toxa, in the estuary of Arousa. The itinerary begins in the monument city of Pontevedra, at the bottom of the estuary with the same name, and on the banks of the river Lérez. Its historical quarter, of Medieval origin, stands out because of its well preserved state. The Provincial Museum, the baroque church of A Peregrina (18th century), whose layout has the shape of a scallop shell, the church of Santa María a Maior (16th century) standing in the square known as "Praza da Leña", the stone arcades of A Ferreiría, or the street of San Telmo, are only some of this city's points of interest. The itinerary continues in Combarro, with its typical images of stone crosses (cruceiros) and raised stone granaries that are practically standing in the sea and that is an ensemble declared Site of Historical-Artistic Interest. Passing the beaches of Sanxenxo, Portonovo - former fishing villages that today have turned into summer holiday spots-, Montalvo, we arrive at the huge sandy beach of A Lanzada, a long stretch of white sand that looks out into the ocean and to the west and that has a lovely Romanesque chapel (13th century) together with the remains of a Medieval tower (10th century). The peninsula of O Grove is mainly famous for the quality of its seafood, that has turned it into the capital of seafood cuisine. But it is also famous for places such as mount Siradella, that standing at 167 m above sea level is the highest point of the region and also its best observation point. The cruiser that travels through the estuary of Arousa leaves from the port of O Grove to take us to the mouth of the river Ulla. The route, according to the legend, is the same one taken by the boat that transported the body of the Apostle St. James to Padrón. It sails among the famous Galician mussel beds. Next we will visit the island of A Toxa, a luxury destination famous for the properties of its waters that gave their name to a brand of internationally famous cosmetics and minerals. It has a unique chapel whose facade is completely covered in scallop shells, on which people have written messages to record that they were in the island. The outing ends in Cambados, that boasts the title of "Very Noble Town". This nobility can be seen in the century old stones that make up the square of Fefiñáns (17th century), with its stately pazo and the Romanesque church of Saint Benedict (16th century) adjacent. Cambados is the unquestionable capital of Albariño wine, that celebrates its festivity on the first weekend of August.

Specific conditions

Duration:
Full day.

Rate:

  • Regular service

45 € per person.
Children (ages 2 - 12 ): 50 % off on adult rate.
The rate includes: transportation by bus, official guide during the whole itinerary.
Validity of program: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in July, August and September.
Minimum and maximum no. of persons to carry out the program: 1 - none.

  • Private service

Rate per service: 250 €
Validity of program: all year round except from July to October.

Observations:
Departures from Santiago de Compostela, from other points in Galicia check availability.

Services included

- Transportation by minibus with maximum capacity of 7 seats.
- Driver-official guide during the entire itinerary.

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