A tour of the Rías Baixas

A total of 62 town councils in 10 regions make up the Rías Baixas. We’re going to take a tour of some of the most interesting municipalities and locations:

Sanxenxo

Situated in the Salnés Valley, Sanxenxo is famous worldwide for the immense beauty of its landscape, its special microclimate and fantastic beaches which line its entire coast.

With 13 blue flags, year on year it is the Spanish municipality with the most recognition from the European Union.

It is worth visiting its impressive recreational port, Pazo de los Patiño manor house and Iglesia de San Xinés church.

Baiona

Its old quarter has been declared a Site of Historical Artistic Interest. The main attractions are the Museo de la Carabela La Pinta museum, the Fortaleza de Monterreal fortress (now a parador) and the large recreational port.

The town’s tranquillity and immense beauty are two of its main tourist attractions.

Combarro

A town of traditional granaries and ships, its traditional streets retain all the popular architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries, thanks to which it has been recognised as a historical-artistic site of interest.

Its small seaside houses with delicate stonework are a delight to behold for any visitor.

O Grove

This municipality consists of a small peninsula which geographically separates the Rias of Arousa and Pontevedra.

Its Shellfish Festival, considered of national interest to tourists, welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world in the town’s port.

Cambados

This town is listed as a historical-artistic site of interest. It’s worth taking a walk around its three districts: the stately Fefiñáns, Cambados business and shopping district and the seaside area of Santo Tomé.

Cambados also has wonderful Albariño wineries where visitors are invited to taste this prized wine, which is only produced in this area. Its main monuments include the Pazo de Ulloa and Pazo de Fefiñáns manor houses and the As Vieiras monument by Manolo Paz.

Ons Island

The nearby Ons Island forms part of the Natural Park of the Atlantic Islands, next to the Cíes, Sálvora, and Cortegada islands.

Boats leave for Ons Island from Sanxenxo and Portonovo every 45 minutes from 10 in the morning. Thanks to its size, visitors can tour the entire island in just a day.

La Toja Island

A small and idyllic island situated in the Rías Baixas, across from O Grove and 30 km from Pontevedra.

It is famous for its magnificent spa, surrounded by stunning and idyllic scenery, with a practically virgin forest surrounding it. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet to get away from it all, relax and meditate, this is the place.

Pontevedra

As the capital of the province, its beautiful and well preserved old quarter has been declared a historical-artistic site of interest.

Its main monuments include the Real Basílica Santa María la Mayor basilica, the Pazo Provincial manor house, Santuario de las Apariciones sanctuary and the famous Museo Provincial museum.

The best beaches in Sanxenxo: Playa Canelas …

Canelas Beach

In the shape of a half shell, this beach is situated in a semi-urban area next to Portonovo and bounded by Seame point on its left side and Punta Cabicastro on its right side.

Caneliñas Beach

Situated in the urban area of Portonovo, bounded at its edges by Caneliñas viewpoint, a beautiful spot with panoramic views of the inland area of Pontevedra Ria and, by the Seame point, which separates it from Canelas beach.

Paxariñas Beach

It is situated in a rural area within the parish of Adina, between Cabicastro point and a small rocky projection known as Paxariñas point.

Its sand is white in colour and very fine.

Silgar Beach

Situated in the centre of Sanxenxo, between the Juan Carlos I recreational port and Punta Vicaño.

This is an urban style beach. There are very few sandy strips with these characteristics in the Rías Baixas.

Baltar Beach

Situated in the urban area of Portonovo it is in the shape of a half shell.

It is delimited by Vicaño point and the Muelle del Chasco, the recreational port of Portonovo.

Montalvo Beach

It is delimited by Montalvo point on its left side and Paxariñas point on its right side.

It is 1000 metres long with fine, white sand. It is very well-known because the swell of the sea is ideal for surfing or body boarding.

Areas Beach

Situated in the parishes of Bordóns and Dorrón it is situated in a semi-urban area. Bounded by the small Cala dos Mortos cove, with access when the sea level is low and Cabicastro point, it offers stunning views of Pontevedra Ria.

Bascuas Beach

It has the attraction of being the only nudist beach in the municipality of Sanxenxo. This is a small cove in a rectilinear shape, situated in a rural area, between the beaches of Montalvo and Pragueira, situated amongst cliffs.

A Lanzada Beach

It is situated in the municipalities of Sanxenxo and O Grove.

This is one of the most iconic and famous Galician beaches, as well as being one of the best as regards the quality of the sand and cleanliness of the water. It is also a popular amongst surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers thanks to its perfect wave and wind conditions.