Rías Baixas estuary
A Lanzada, O Grove
Panxon beach, Pontevedra
A Lanzada beach, O Grove
This coastline is regarded by many as a paradise, and it is also the site of the Cíes Islands, known by the Romans as "the islands of the gods". Its coastline combines the blue of the sea and the greenery of its setting with the seafaring tradition of Galicia, in an area which extends from the estuaries of Muros and Noia to the mouth of the Miño River in A Guarda (Pontevedra)
Idyllic uncrowded beaches, with long stretches of white sands and turquoise blue waters to be found above all in the south of the Rías Baixas estuaries, in the Cíes Islands, where a particular highlight is the Rodas beach. We can also recommend beaches like A Lanzada in O Grove, and the Illa de Arousa, with 36 kilometres of coastline declared a Nature Reserve and lined with beautiful solitary beaches. In the north you can visit beaches like Aguieira, As Furnas or O Testal. Maritime tradition This is a land of fishermen, and one of the best places to enjoy shellfish. Good examples are Muros, where old fishermen's dwellings stand alongside Gothic mansions, and O Grove, which every October is the venue for the Fiesta in Honour of Seafood. The area also produces a fantastic white wine that can be enjoyed on the Rías Baixas Wine Route. Recommended visits include Pontevedra, with its interesting historic centre, the nearby monastery of Poio, and the municipalities of Cambados, Sanxenxo, Catoira (which in August holds its famous Viking Pilgrimage), and Tui and Vigo, in the south. Check our map of tourist destinations.