Tuesday, June 22, 2010
A Pobra do Caraminal & Santa Cruz
So, today I will start with A Pobra do Caraminal which is one of my favourite places in the region. It is in the ria de Arousa and has several tourist features.
To start with it has a harbour for the proper fishing boats and this is always interesting if they are bringing in a catch or repairing the nets. Adjacent to this there is a much more exclusive marina with plenty of exotic boats for those who like to see the better things in life.
A promenade runs the full length of the town with the marina and harbour to one end and the town’s beach over the low wall at the other. There is also loads of parking (most free) which makes getting parked up and finding your car easy – especially if you park in the large car park which sits between the town and the see front.
Another big plus for A Pobra is the alameda (see and read more at http://www.galiciaguide.com/Pobra-do-caraminal-galicia-alameda.html) which is a mix of a large paved area for concerts and fiestas plus a tree shaded garden area. It is one of the nicest in Galicia.
Quite some way north from A Pobra is the large city of la Coruna and close to it is a great castle called Santa Cruz (see http://www.galiciaguide.com/Santa-cruz-2.html).
You get to this castle on a high foot bridge as the castle sits on its own little island and protects its bay. Very close to the castle are some nice bars and restaurants and you can wonder around the castle for an hour or more quite easily. You also get good views out to see and back to the mainland (i.e. the town of Santa Cruz) – some 100 or so yards away.
Santa Cruz will make a great half day out for anyone based in la Coruna or Ferrol and it will be a good stop-off point for anyone driving down this part of the coast.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Muxia (in Galicia, Spain)
Muxia is a great little town on the North West coast of Spain and it is in fact the most westerly point of mainland Europe.
The town has a beautiful rounded bay with a beach to one end and some impressive rock formations to the other. The town has some medieval areas and great views both out to sea and up landwards to the north.
Although not very well known outside of Spain, Muxia (the one in Galicia) is a popular seasonal holiday destination for the Spanish and in the national holiday month of August this town is flooded with people.
In terms of things to see and do, Muxia has a good location from which to visit many other coastal towns, most of which were former fishing villages. It has a very good beach with an attractive backdrop of greenery and the town has a number of small family run hotels that are economic to stay in. It has plenty of bars and tapas bars too.
The one thing that you would probably need if you plan to stay in Muxia is a car because, although you can happily relax in Muxia, you will require transport if you want to see the wider area – and this is what you should want to do.
Muxia is pretty close to the impressive city of la Coruna and you could drive inland and north to Lugo, or simply head for the regional capital city of Santiago de Compostela. Ultimately there is plenty to see.
If you want a bit more information about Muxia then you can look at this
http://www.galiciaguide.com/Muxia.html page about the town. There are a couple of photos and a bit more detail about what there is to see.
The best times to visit would be summer, but preferably outside of the busy August month.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
No Galicia this year
My posts have been very sparse of late and that is probably because it seems unlikely that I will be going to Galicia this year. If that is indeed the case, it will be only the second year in the last decade during which I will not have visited Galicia.
For 8 of the last 9 years I have spent around one month per year their, sometimes in a single break, but more usually spread across 3 separate trips. During the three years that Ryanair operated the Liverpool to Santiago de Compostela route we took a week in April or May, two weeks plus covering July/August and a further week in September/October.
Regrettably the Ryanair days, or at least those flying from northern destinations, are now gone and unlikely to return.
I base this upon the fact that, as a Holy year, 2010 has more visitors to Galicia (and specifically Santiago) than any regular year. Consequently, if any airline wanted to add a route to this destination, 2010 would have been the financially prudent year to do so.
Having said all of that we may yet manage to get there, however the cheap ferry to Calais followed by a two day drive down through France and then west across northern Spain is probably our only option. In truth, I think it very unlikely that we will end up taking this option.
I see that regular Galician blogger Colin Davies, who lives in Pontevedra, has just completed a Camino. I believe that he and several friends walked from Tui to Santiago Cathedral and did the trip in around a week. You can find out more at his blog http://colindavies.blogspot.com.
For information about all aspects of Galicia from how to get there to what to see and do when you arrive, see http://www.galiciaguide.com which should be a pretty comprehensive guide to the region.