There are quite a lot of monasteries in this area. Among the most outstanding, CARBOEIRO MONASTERY, an old Benedictine monastery founded in the 10th century, whose architectural work reflects Galician medieval art. It is located in the municipality of Silleda, coterminous with A Estrada.
Another medieval romanesque monastery is ACIVEIRO MONASTERY, founded in the XIIth century and regarded as a monument of Historic and Artistic interest, has recently been refurbished and turned into a Monument-Hotel. It is located in the Municipality of Forcarey in the hamlet of Aciveiro, close to the protected natural area of Sierra do Candán, almost 1,000 metres high.
As regards “Pazos” (similar to manor house), we have the privilege of boasting one of the most outstanding pazos in our country: PAZO DE OCA, with its masterful baroque arquitecture, it is also known as the “Gallician Versailles” due to the beauty of its garden designs and the presence of numerous ornamental century-old plants, such as palm trees, camellias, rhododendrons, etc.
To conclude, in this rural setting we can discover numerous romanesque churches, either within the limits of our municipality or in the adjacent areas, such as Trasdeza Romanesque Route; some of them located in the Mozarab Way (Vía de la Plata).
It is one of the most charming places in our surroundings: the suspension bridge of Xirimbao, a pedestrian bridge suspended by cables which crosses river Ulla and connects two provinces: Pontevedra and A Coruña. It also has a recreational area for picnics or fishing activities since this is one of the three salmon fishing preserves of A Estrada: Couso, Sinde and Xirimbao.
Another leisure area worth mentioning is A Carixa in Villa de Cruces, on the banks of the river Deza. It includes a playground, recreational venues and a natural swimming pool.
Some minutes away from our house there are numerous streams with waterfalls which used to be exploited in the past to install mills, some of which still exist after having been restored, e.g. Pincho de Currantes, Fervenza de Callobre.
Of greater importance is the River Toxa waterfall, known as DA TOXA WATERFALL. With a height of 60 metres, it is located in the Ulla-Deza River System, a unique natural environment. Within the varied surrounding vegetation there are species like oak, pine or Scotch broom. The water, falling strongly, forms a kind of hazy which you must take into account if you want to take pictures. In order to reach that area you have to follow a picturesque path in a unique, breathtaking natural environment off the beaten path.
This one our most recommended day trips.
For Prehistoric Art lovers, we can offer you a visit to the PREHISTORIC ROCK ART area located in Campo Lameiro with more than 21 hectares, where you can find rock carvings in an excellent state of preservation, petroglyphs and the recreation of a small village of more than 4,000 years and , in addition, an interpretative centre-museum.
Another interesting place to visit is PEDRE in the municipality of Cerdedo. Pedre, also called the “inland Combarro”, is a place where there are many granaries (old stone constructions for storing grain) in the so called “eira grande”.
These granaries, 22 altogether, dating back from the year 1899, were used to store corn and are insulated from the ground by several blocks of stone. From the Eira Grande you can go to the romanesque bridge of Pedre, over the river Lérez.
There are numerous hiking itineraries in the vicinity with a medium level of difficulty. They cross streams, oak forests, semi-abandoned hamlets … The feeling of going back to the past which it provides leaves nobody indifferent.
This is a natural park where nature and popular architecture are combined.
The river Barosa on its way forms several small cascades, beautiful waterfalls and, in summer time, it is visited by many holidaymakers who enjoy the picturesque scenery.
There are 14 windmills which have been refurnished recently and, the biggest ones have been converted into a restaurant. A different place worth visiting!
One of the most outstanding examples of popular Galician architecture, this fishing village is 7 kilometres from Pontevedra and belongs to the municipality of Poio.
This is no doubt the most beautiful parish in our province, right in the heart of Rias Baixas.
Combarro also includes a total of eight roadside crosses or “cruceiros” some of which date back from the XVIIIth century and they located at crossroads, in the same squares in the centre or at the entrance of one of its charming churches. Let’s not forget the granaries (Horreos) still used to store corn.
It is a memorable experience to sit down in one of the numerous typical bars lapped by waves at high tide, beside its small beach, and enjoy the views.
For all the reasons above mentioned it has declared a historic-artistic site of high cultural interest.
Capital of its own province, the ancient Pontus Veteris is a monumental city full of art and history whose old quarter is one of the one of the most important in Galicia, second only to Santiago de Compostela’s. It is the capital of the well-known Rias Baixas and of the Portuguese Way to Santiago.
It is located on the banks of the River Lerez and, apart from its well preserved old quarter, it is well worth visiting among others its famous squares, like La Plaza de la Leña and picturesque churches, e. Church of La Virgen Peregrina, the only shell-shaped temple in Spain.
The bridges crossing the River Lerez also define the essence of the city, being the Burgo Bridge the oldest of them all.
Pontevedra does not leave anybody indifferent!
Emblematic city, final destination of the Way of Saint James where the remains of the apostle James were brought for burial and which can be found in the cathedral of the same name. The city’s old town was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1985 and considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
You can access the cathedral from the western side of the PLAZA DEL OBRADOIRO, which is the main entrance, or from the PLAZA DE PRATERIAS and from the PLAZA DA QUINTANA, both of remarkable beauty. Within the old town there are many narrow winding streets full of historic buildings which are well worth a visit.
Next year 2021 there will take place the 120th Compostelan Holy Year in History, which is held when St. James’s Day, the 25th of July, is on a Sunday.
La Isla de Arosa, in the heart of Rias Baixas, is an authentic natural paradise reached by a 2-kilometer-long bridge, which joins the island to the mainland.
Nowadays it has become a popular holiday resort with impressive white sand beaches (more than eleven), really charming. In addition, the numerous offshore rafts to cultivate mussels can already be seen on crossing the bridge.
When you visit the island, do not forget to taste a “tapa” of this delicious seafood!