Las Rías Baixas wine route
What will I find in this region?
Traditional gastronomy festivals, such as the Albariño Fiesta in Cambados and the Shellfish Fiesta in O Grove. Nature and birdlife in the Islas Atlánticas National Park. Beauty treatments at the spas and thermal centres of La Toja. Catamaran trips on the Arousa estuary and water sports on the beaches of Sanxenxo. Golf in the districts of Meis and O Grove, in stunning surroundings. The interesting heritage and monuments of towns and villages in the region, which go from Romanesque churches through to pazos (buildings typical of Galicia) such as those to be found in Cambados. If you need more information, enquire at any of the tourist offices.
What are the wines like?
Albariño wine is characterised by its crisp, smooth flavour, the perfect accompaniment to fish and shellfish dishes, and seafood in general. It has a bright, yellow/straw colour, with hints of gold and green; its floral, fruity bouquet is fine and distinguished, impressive and delightful on the nose. The Albariña grape is the most popular within the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin. Nevertheless, there are other varieties worthy of mention such as Loureira Blanca, Treixadura, Caiño Blanco, Torrontés and Godello.
How to get there
The Rías Baixas Wine Route is situated in the southwest of the Region of Galicia, in the province of Pontevedra. Vigo and Santiago de Compostela international airports are both less than an hour's drive from the region, providing access by air. If you prefer to travel by rail, there are daily services from the Spanish capital, Madrid. Road communications are also excellent: from Madrid, you can get to Vigo (592 kilometres) and Pontevedra (614 kilometres) on the A-6 (Northwest motorway), linking with the A-52 (Rías Baixas motorway) in the province of Zamora; meanwhile, from Portugal, access to Galicia is on the AP-9 motorway.