Stage 3. O Grove
The route of Father Sarmiento goes along the O Grove Peninsula, another of the main attractions in As Rías Baixas, whose popular cuisine and beaches stand out. These beaches, having dune systems, go until the place of San Vicente do Mar, and from there, the way crosses a stretch of rocky coastline, passing by the Canelas Beach. From this part of the coast of O Grove, on the west side of the peninsula, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the islands of A Illa de Ons and Sálvora. The latter is also part of the Atlantic Islands National Park. It is possible to travel to the islands by boat.
On the way towards the place of O Porto de Meloxo you go past the north coast of O Grove, at the bottom of the ría of Arousa. In this part of the way there are many beaches. Here, hikers can admire A Illa de Arousa, the smallest island municipality in Spain, having amazing beaches and a fantastic natural park, O Carreirón.
Then, the route crosses O Grove, a coastal and tourist town where visitors can taste delicious seafood dishes paired with wines under the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas. After leaving the town centre, you reach A Illa da Toxa, an important leisure and thermal village with spas, old soap and cosmetic factories, hotels, a golf course, a marina, a convention centre, a casino, tennis and paddle tennis courts, swimming pools, residential areas and a shopping centre.