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Sea, nature, gastronomy, culture and, of course, beaches. All that and much more is O Grove, a delightful part of Galicia, touristic due to its excellence, located in the Salnés region, province of Pontevedra.
During your stay in O Grove, you cannot miss…
- La Toja Island
- The Pedras Negras area
- San Martín Church
- San Vicente Church
- San Julián Church
- Con da Hedra Lookout point
- A boat ride on la Ría river
- Hiking routes
- O Grove’s Aquarium
- Local festivals: San Vicente (22nd January), Fiesta del Carmen (16th July), Seafood Festival (12th October), San Martín (11th November)
Very close to O Grove, Sanxenxo is of marine origin, with many green areas and a very rich culture. It is made up of seven parishes and stands out from the others due to its wonderful beaches and gastronomy typical of the area.
In Sanxenxo, we recommend…
- The Marina
- A Lanzada beach
- Monte Faro
- The National Park of the Atlantic Islands
- Any of the natural look-out points
- The routes on horseback
- The local festivals: San Ginés (25th August) and Santa Rosalía (4th September)
Are you looking for beaches with crystal clear waters in a natural and quiet environment? The Rías Baixes can boast about having a beautiful coastline with an endless amount of incredible beaches of the most varied characteristics, for all tastes…
Because of the quality of its waters and services, Sanxenxo is the Spanish region with the most blue flags, and has 36 kilometres of coastline, of which should be mentioned Silgar, Baltar and Caneliñas, the urban beaches, and A Lanzada, Areas, Montalvo and Major, the more tranquil beaches. There are many more, big and small, known and often visited, all of great beauty surrounded by nature, which would be an infinite list… Come and discover them for yourself!
At the same time, on the 10 kilometres of O Grove coastline there are extraordinary beaches, many of which also have the European Union’s Blue Flag: natural beach resorts in a calm sea, beaches of fine sand, a multitude of small distant coves to completely disconnect… A good display of these natural paradises are the beaches Area de la Cruz, Raeiros, Maxiloeira, Confín and the small coves Barreiriño, Barreiro or A Barrosa. When you have the Rías Baixes under your feet, you won’t want to leave!
The nature enthusiasts will find a paradise of priceless beauty in this idyllic spot which, without doubt, they will appreciate. Hiking routes to lose yourself walking or on horseback between the beaches and the mountains, look-out points to witness a spectacular sunset or protected areas like Con Negro, Punta Carreirón, la Laguna A Bodeira, the mouth of the river Umia and its inlet (declared Wetland Area of International Importance), the sand dunes, el Baixo Miño…
Also, in O Grove, you can visit Galicia’s Aquarium, new generation bio-interactive area where the region’s marine systems are shown. If you like to be out in nature, it is interesting to know that there are two interpretive centres in O Grove about fishing and the natural area of the O Bao Inlet, where you can carry out one of the available routes, upon request. Delve into this small peninsula full of possibilities and surprise yourself with all the beauty this land can offer you.
Galicia and the Rías Baixas has a rich and lively culture, that comes from the tradition that states that in the green forests of Galicia inhabit the witches and the Santa Compaña, witches and ghosts that are a big presence in Galicia’s popular culture. The Camino de Santiago and the Celtic culture are a fundamental part of Galicia’s idiosyncrasy. The culture is present day-to-day in this region, all throughout the year. The cultural heritage of the Rías Baixas is very rich and includes religious, civil and popular architecture, museums, exhibition halls, interpretive centres, archaeological remains…
Some reference places in the contemporary art field are Galicia’s Centre of Contemporary Art (CGAC) in Santiago de Compostela, the Vigo (Marco) Museum of Contemporary Art and the Luís Seoane Foundation in A Coruña. On the other hand, the main official institutes in the cultural field are Galicia’s Real Academia, founded in 1906 in Cuba, and the Council for Galician Culture, whose function is assessing the Galician Government regarding its culture. Galicia’s three universities are also very important for its cultural life, in particular the University of Santiago de Compostela.
In the Rías Baixas, you can enjoy several active touristic activities. Would you like to experience an unforgettable experience? Horse riding routes, hiking, paintball, quad-bike routes, karting, dune-buggies, river-rafting, parasailing, canyoning, climbing, kayaking, river-boarding, subaquatics… The options for the more adventurous are endless and there are various active tourism companies in the region from which you can choose.
The gastronomy is undoubtedly one of most important attractions of the Galician Rías Baixas. The offer is infinite: sea food, fish, meats, soups, desserts, and of course a good Albariño (white wine grape), it is essential to try the delights of this area at any time of the year. The international reputation of the Galician kitchen is due to its fresh and excellent quality products, appreciated in the food festivals that take place all year round, especially in the summer. It’s worth highlighting the Albariño, in Cambados, which brings people from all over the world together and is declared of National Touristic Interest.