Summer Travel Hot Spots in Rías Baixas
Now that spring is here, it’s time to plan your summer vacation – and that’s the ideal time to head to Rías Baixas. Not only can you indulge in amazing seafood, and plenty of enticing Albariño, but there are also numerous cultural attractions for every type of enthusiast (in addition to the wine kind!). Here are a few of our favorites:
- For art lovers, Pontevedra is a masterpiece. Known as a popular destination for a range of artists, including painters, sculptors, and sketchers, the Museum of Pontevedra displays valuable drawings and watercolors, as well as unique sculptures that feature local people. Landscapes from the past and present make up the halls of the various buildings on site.
- For history buffs, a trip through time is easy to achieve with a range of places with early and late Middle Ages influence founded by a host of liege lords and warriors. Of particular interest and inspiration are the monasteries of Carboeiro (Silleda) and Aciveiro (Forcarei); the towers of Cira (Torres de Silleda); the walls of the country manor Pazo de Camba (Rodeiro); and the medieval markets (known as pendellos) of Dozón, Rodeiro, and Agolada.
- For nature devotees, Galicia (home of Rías Baixas) is affectionately known as Green Spain for a reason. A trip to any of the region’s breathtaking forests and natural surroundings present perfect examples. In Vila de Cruces, you can enjoy a journey to O Sobreirais do Arnego, the Portodemouros reservoir, and the Gres Islands (Illas de Gres). There, a climb up Aldo da Madanela provides a spectacular view of Galician landscape. In Silleda, you will find the river Toxa’s beautiful waterfall, while in Olives, the Lagos Sacra (Sacred Lake) offers a peaceful respite. The Carballeira (oak grove) de Crespa is also a serene experience. Last but not least, in the hamlet of Codeseda in Lalín, you will encounter A Fraga de Catasós, a natural monument consisting of 100-year-old chestnut trees considered by many as the best examples in Europe.
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