Rias Baixas (Santiago de Compostela)

FROM The man in the front seat / April 11, 2016

General

The Rias Baixas (Lower Inlets) is a series of four estuaries located in the south-western corner of Galicia and are the grandest and most spectacular of all the inlets that indent the Galician coast. Well known for their spectacular views, beautiful beaches and some wonderful low-key resorts the Rias Baixas is slowly becoming one of the most visited regions in Galicia . The area is also known for providing some of Spain’s most fertile fishing grounds and as a result producing some of the finest seafood in the country. The Rias are also the home of the Albarino grape which produces several of Spain’s most distinct wines and the perfect accompaniment to seafood.

A region not to be missed.

Geology

Each of the rias (costal inlets) is a basic funnel shape, being wider at the ocean and narrowing as it approaches the land and river which feeds it. Water flows both from the sea and the river creating an estuary (body of water where fresh and salt water mix) which combined with  the pine covered hills that surround them form and area of incredible natural beauty.

Highlights

Cambados

One of the main centres of the Galician fishing industry, the town is also home to some of the finest pazos (manor house) in Galicia including the Pazo de Bazan and the Pazo de Fefiñas.

Pazo de Fefiñas

Is a wonderful 16th century manor house built by Don Juan Sarmiento Valladares, who was an advisor to Phillip II, and is still opened today. The building is known for its wonderful Baroque coats of arms which decorate it as well as containing one of the oldest bodegas (wine store) in the town.

O Grove

A beautiful fishing harbour and seaside resort located on a peninsula the southern side of the Ría de Arousa facing out to the Atlantic ocean.

A Toxa

This tiny pine-covered island, connected to the mainland by a bridge, is today one of the most stylish resorts in Galicia. The end of the 19th century saw several  belle-époque palaces and luxury villas added to create the island’s elegant atmosphere.

 

A guided visit to the Rias Baixas, as well as a visit to the Pazo de Fefiñans is available on;

SAN0008: Rias Baixas

Rias Baixas (Santiago de Compostela)
Rias Baixas. Ría de Arousa
Rias Baixas. the impressive Pazo de Fefiñans in Cambados
Rias Baixas. The beatiful fishing village of Cambados
Rias Baixas. Albarino grapes
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