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Galicia



Here in this north-western pocket of the Spanish mainland lies a rich region of great diversity – a scenic coastline, shaped by fjord-like ‘rías’, an abundant land of wooded slopes, pretty stone villages and the occasional impressive silhouette of a historic city.

It is on and around the spectacularly indented coastline of the Rías Baixas that many of our properties are to be found. Here, the three estuaries or drowned river valleys of  Vigo, Pontevedra and Arousa have carved a shoreline of wide sweeping bays and sheltered beaches of golden sand, whilst their calm waters are the source of some of the finest seafood in Europe.

At the point where the Ría de Vigo meets the river, daily catches, mainly of oyster and mussel, are hauled onto the shores of the ‘seafood capital’ of Arcade, later to be auctioned in the adjacent market.

Naturally, it is this that dominates the menus of the restaurants that line the streets behind. Further down, from the well kept lawns and long sands of Cesnantes views across the water encompass the lush wooded slopes that line the opposite shore.

In the nearby Ría de Pontevedra, a wander up the forested hillside that backs the bustling coastal town of Sanxenxo reveals the impressive panorama of seascape, punctuated by the imposing outline of the protected islands of Ciés and Ons, which are home to long sweeping beaches of fine white sand and a haven for birds.

Continuing northwards, the road soon turns a corner to reveal the long majestic sands of A Lanzada, where dunes and open grassland form the backdrop, with not a building in sight. Beyond, a bridge now joins the mainland to the idyllic island of A Toxa, home to the fishing town of O Grove and famed for its ‘conchas’ or shellfish, which are served in their shells and combined with a delicious mixture of finely chopped onion and pepper.

No visitor can leave Galicia without witnessing the spectacular city of Santiago de Compostela. A melting pot for pilgrims who flock here every year to pay homage to St James the Apostle, this must undoubtedly rank among the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a second Rome, set on a hillside amongst lush rolling countryside.

 


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