Ría de Arousa attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Cambados

Gil Armada

Gil Armada is a small family-run winery housed in the handsome 17th-century Pazo de Fefiñáns. A variety of absorbing guided tours are offered: the basic one-hour version covers the main rooms of the historic house (…
Top Choice Beach in O Grove

Praia A Lanzada

Dune-backed Praia A Lanzada sweeps a spectacular 2.3km along the west side of the low-lying isthmus leading to O Grove. It's Galicia's most splendid stretch of sand, and enticingly natural, but not exactly deserted,…
Church in Cambados

Igrexa de Santa Mariña Dozo

This ruined 15th-century church, beside the wine museum, is now roofless but still has its four semicircular roof arches intact, and is surrounded by a well-kept cemetery with elaborate graves – all particularly pic…
Winery in Cambados

Martín Códax

Galicia’s best-known winery, a 2.5km drive east of Cambados, offers a variety of tours from 45 minutes to three hours, including tasting of up to four wines. Some include vineyard visits. It's essential to call ahea…
Church in Padrón

Igrexa de Santiago

Padrón is the last stop before Santiago de Compostela on the Camino Portugués pilgrim route, and pilgrims make a beeline for the Igrexa de Santiago, next to the Ponte do Carme over the Río Sar. Beneath the church's …
Island in O Grove

Illa de Sálvora

This interesting small island, part of the Parque Nacional de las Islas Atlánticas de Galicia, has a mainly rocky coast, a lighthouse, an abandoned village and an old fish-salting-plant-cum-mansion. Four-hour trips …
Market in O Grove


You can watch the auction of the local fishing fleet's catch here on weekday afternoons – mariscos (shellfish, octopus, squid, etc) from 4 to 5pm and pescados (fish) from 5 to 6pm. The auction is conducted by the un…
Island in O Grove

Illa A Toxa

Approaching O Grove town, you can cross the bridge for a look around Illa A Toxa (Castilian: Isla La Toja), a manicured island with a golf course, thermal springs, expensive holiday homes, a trio of upmarket hotels …
Museum in Padrón

Casa-Museo Rosalía de Castro

The pretty stone house and flowery garden of Galicia's beloved 'national poet', Rosalía de Castro (1837-85), are open to visitors as the Casa-Museo Rosalía de Castro. It's opposite the train station on the east side…
Winery in Cambados

Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes

This small establishment, one of two wineries in the handsome, 17th-century Pazo de Fefiñáns, produces some quality, garlanded albariño wines that you can buy for €12 upwards. Guides speak fluent English.