Galicia Rural Holiday Cottage
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Comfortable old stone cottage restored to conform to its original style, but with big modern bathroom and fully equipped kitchen, set in extensive gardens with panoramic views of the gentle slopes of the Barbanza hills.This is suitable for up to 4 people and is an ideal base for exploring the towns, countryside and coastline of Galicia. It's only a short distance from shops, restaurants and beach yet still in a peaceful and tranquil location.
There is so much to see and do in this beautiful part of the Rias Baixas region of Galicia from the mediaeval buildings in the stone paved streets of its small towns to the wide variety of unspoilt sandy beaches. These range from wide open expanses of golden sand suitable for surfing on the Atlantic to small secluded gently sloping and warmer ones on the Rias including many suitable for children.
Inland the beautiful countryside is perfect for walking or just admiring nature, or perhaps a bit of bird watching. Within easy driving distance are the historic and hugely interesting cities of Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra or La Coruna. While everywhere you go are excellent restaurants featuring the best of fresh Galician meat and fish or shellfish. The local wines such as the Albariño or those from Ribeira Sacra perfectly complement and meal. Galicia is justly famous for its gastronomy and the cottage is a great place to stay in while trying out the local food and drink!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aguiera - gently shelving sand - ideal for childre 2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Santiago de Compostela 50 km, Nearest railway: Santiago de Compostela 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Galicia region
Galicia, because of its fishing and agriculture, is noted for its cuisine, which is generally inexpensive. Restaurants feature locally caught fish and shellfish. Specialities include octopus and mussels fresh from the Ria. Or maybe a T-bone steak, bigger than you can manage, possibly!
The culture is different, having a Celtic rather than Moorish influence and is typified by the music played by bands in traditional costumes. The Galician bagpipe adds a distinctive note, reminiscent of an Irish jig at times.
Galicia has much to do with water. There are hundreds of streams and rivers to testify to this as well as the waters of the Rias Baixas and Rias Altas. This is all framed to the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean.
Take a drive and you will soon find unspoiled scenery to delight the eye. Go inland a bit and explore the countryside and relax to the sounds of running water from the ever-present streams.Or just go down to one of the many beaches either along the sandy Atlantic coast or to a small secluded bay in one of the Rias.
For lovers of birds and plants, there are several nature reserves especially along the Atlantic coast. Some of the dunes form part of EU protection projects for developing a range of interesting flora.
Nearby Places Of Interest
Within easy driving distance, you can discover nature reserves and parks such as at Monte Louro, close to the town of Muros on the other side of the Ria. Many of the villages and towns around the Rias boast beautiful stone buildings and bridges from the 14th or 15th century. There is an especially fascinating mediaeval footbridge over the river at Xuño. The town of Noia just 15 km away, was once a major port serving the city of Santiago de Compostela. Many of its Gothic or Roman style buildings and churches still bear the coats of arms of former important families. At nearby Pontenafonso, the mediaeval road bridge over the river Tambre, which empties into the Ria, is one of the best examples of such bridges in Spain. The Castro de Baroño, dating from the 1st century BC, offers an amazing glimpse of the lives of the first known settlers to the area.
There is also good access to major cities such as La Coruña to the north, and Pontevedra and Vigo on the southernmost Rias as far down as even into Portugal. A visit to nearby Santiago de Compostela with its renowned cathedral is a must! This is one of Galicia's most important cities, dating back to the 9th century and now with world heritage status and less than an hours drive by car or bus. Walking through its narrow lanes, with their beautiful stone buildings and old-fashioned shop fronts takes one back in time. The cathedral of St. James is the focal point for tens of thousands of pilgrims who each year walk there from all over Spain. Inside, the wonderfully carved Portico de la Gloria by the Maestro Mateo carved in 1188 is one of the finest pieces of Romanesque architectural work in Europe.
Galicia really does offer the visitor a huge range of exciting opportunities to explore its wide range of natural scenery and its interesting historical past. On the other hand, you might just want to be relaxing by the sea or in the garden enjoying a quiet drink, admiring the views of the mountains of Barbanza while listening to the river running through the valley below.
Porto do Son
The town of Porto do Son itself is a small typical Galician fishing port full of charm with its attractive stone paved narrow streets and its gardens and park fronting the harbour and beach. It is situated on the Ria de Muros y Noia, the northernmost of the Rias Baixas or big estuaries that comprise the southern coastal region of Galicia. There one may find well stocked small shops supermarkets supplying virtually all your needs, as well as the all normal services, banks, post office, heath centre, etc, as well as a fresh fish market displaying the local catch. There are a number of excellent restaurants in the town, especially down near the port.
The borough of Porto do Son has a resident population of some 11,000 people spread among its ten parishes. It lies on the North and West of the Barbanza peninsular, which separates the Ria of Muros & Noia and the Ria Arousa. In shape, it is roughly oval about 22,5 by 6,5 kilometres in size. Its 29 kilometres of coastline start on the sheltered Ria of Muros & Noia but for the most part extend along the more exposed Atlantic Ocean.
The landscape away from the sea is fairly steep due to the proximity of the Sierra de Barbanza whose peaks rise some 2000 feet above sea level, only leaving a relatively narrow coastal plain fringed by large beaches and coastal dunes in many places, alternating with rocky stretches.
The beaches provide a choice between the large expanses of golden sand on the Atlantic and the smaller and more sheltered beaches of the Ria, with their warmer water and finer sand. Such magnificent waters make Porto do Son the ideal place for water-sports as well as swimming. There are favourite beaches for anglers, surfers and windsurfers, while Portosin, one of Galicia's major marinas, offers the opportunity for sailing. There are also local clubs providing activities as diverse as scuba diving and paragliding.
The trails and paths that criss-cross the hills offer all the natural delights of the woods and streams and allow you to reach many of the fine examples of petroglyphs – the Bronze Age stone carvings which provide clues to previous settlers. Other especially worthwhile reminders of the past are to be found at the Castro de Baroña, while an exquisite mediaeval stone bridge crosses the River Sieira at Xuño.
There are a number of vantage points (Miradores), such as on Monte Enxa, where you can get a really good perspective of the area.
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20 Sep 2013
"Relax in a Beautiful Peaceful Setting"
Thanks so much for a wonderful stay. The cottage was spacious, clean and comfortable with a lovely garden. Our hosts Michael and Jenne were welcoming, hospitable and always available to deal with an… More
Thank you for your kind remarks. It was a pleasure to have you stay in the cottage; you looked after the place so well and left it so clean - thank you. We are very pleased that you had such a good time here; there is so much to see and do in this part of the scenic Rias Baixas and we're glad that with our local knowledge, we could help you to enjoy the area to the full. It was a pity you could only stay for a week this time, but we look forward to seeing you again when you'll have the chance to catch up on even more of the sights. Our best wishes to you both.
18 Aug 2013
"Idyllic Haven after Camino"
Wonderful setting for a relaxed and refreshing holiday. Following the challenges of the Camino this was a wonderful setting to have down time. Travelling independently using public transport, was eff… More
It was such a pleasure for us to find that those who had walked for several days on the Pilgrim's routes - the Camino de Santiago, would find our cottage and the grounds a haven of tranquility to relax in, before flying back to Dublin. It was also very useful to have confirmation of just how accessible was the cottage via public transport from local towns and Santiago de Compostela itself, as well as the airport, and that a car was not essential after all for visitors.
And what wonderful visitors you were, delighting in exploring the region as well as enjoying the locality and its beautiful beaches, discovering new friends in the village shop over a drink, or relaxing in the gardens admiring the views and sharing your gentle Irish humour with us. We loved having you stay here and really appreciated that you felt so relaxed and at home, and were able share our feelings about the area.
Our thanks for leaving the cottage so spotlessly clean on your departure. If our local knowledge helped you to enjoy your stay then that was our pleasure and thank you for adding to that knowledge. We look forward to seeing you all again following your next walk on the Camino Frances to Santiago.
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