A Canuda, in Salvaterra de Miño, the Parque de los Sentidos, in Marín, Castrelos, in Vigo, and the Aldea Grobit, in Illa da Toxa, are exceptional and unique playgrounds, which are free of charge. They will live up to your expectations if you go with your children over a weekend in autumn. These are the main reasons why all of them can be an unforgettable experience:
A Canuda (Salvaterra de Miño). This is the largest play park in As Rías Baixas, with an area of 200,000 m2 (the size of twenty football fields) and is located in the town of Salvaterra de Miño, by the Miño River. It has large play and educational areas.
The playground is huge, with several rows of slides and swings, bridges, tunnels and other structures (trains, houses, dices, rockers…). Nearby, you can find the nature interpretation centre, having specimens of flowers, shrubs, grapevines of the varieties used to produce the wine under the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas and trees. All these plants were labelled so that you can learn while visiting the space. In addition, there is an orchid exhibition and a display of farming tools. Next to it, ducks and swans swim peacefully in a pond.
Make sure your kids bring their bikes, tricycles or other wheeled toys: one of their favourite areas is the children´s driving circuit, with electronic traffic lights
Do not forget your bikes, tricycles or other wheeled toys, because one of the main attractions of the park of A Canuda is the driving circuit for kids, equipped with electronic traffic lights. By the park, there is a bicycle lane, where you can ride along the longest river in Galicia.
The large area of Salvaterra de Miño has a recreational area with tables, some of them provided with parcheesi and chess boards. In addition, there is an auditorium having the shape of an amphitheatre, and an outdoor gym for older adults.
Outside the garden, there is an ample parking space. A bandstand, a fountain, green areas… are some of the remarkable elements of the park of A Canuda, but you have to come and see it for yourself.
Parque dos Sentidos (Marín). If you have not visited this park yet, you will be greatly surprised. The park is located in the farm of Briz, in the region of O Morrazo, on a hillside with dense woods. As you climb the steps and steep paths, you can discover different spaces that can be enjoyed with your five senses.
As you enter the park, you will see a central zone with wood pavement, a hórreo (Galician typical granary house), a playground and a lake with an Archimedes' screw, where children can learn more about the movement of the water. Afterwards, you can go up the hill to discover the hidden secrets of the park through paths that seem like taken from a fairy tale. This park is notable for its rich variety of trees, and in autumn, you can enjoy a perfect display of beauty, with fallen leaves adorned with the coppery colours of the season.
Xylophones, a black and white rotating spiral, wood sculptures, a face carved into a tree... this is a magical place with fairy tale paths
Children will have the opportunity to experience this place with their own hands: xylophones creating a musical atmosphere, black and white rotating spirals; original wood sculptures; surfaces with different textures... and even a face carved into a three-metre tree trunk that seems to be alive.
Several slides were built taking advantage of the different ground levels. The largest slide descends from the highest part of the park and it is connected to a playground area crowned by a windmill.
This park has an outdoor auditorium surrounded by a green area. This is a lovely place to remember and recommend to others.
Castrelos (Vigo). It is the largest park in the city of Vigo and one of the most remarkable in As Rías Baixas. Its amphitheatre, where the popular summer concerts of Vigo are held, has been highly acclaimed by international renowned artists. It also has a playground, which has been recently renovated and enlarged, having a zip-line and other structures for children of different ages. It is a large area, very popular among locals in summer, especially during the school holidays if the weather is good.
Besides being a perfect space for children, Castrelos has much more to offer. This is an urban park crossed by the Lagares River, with beautiful trails, and a lake with ducks and swams. There are also routes for those who want to practice sports; in fact, it is one of the favourite places for runners in Vigo; and it has magnificent trees, some of them listed as monumental species (a camellia tree, a tulip tree, a beech and a group of Eucalyptus).
The playground of the largest park in Vigo was enlarged and renovated two years ago, and now it includes play structures for all ages
The gem of the park is the Quiñones de León Museum, displaying important collections of painting, archaeology and decorative exhibits, a nineteenth-century French garden and the English "tea meadow". In addition, many couples choose this place for their just-married photograph session.
Aldea Grobit (O Grove). This "village", located in the centre of the Illa da Toxa Island, is an original, colourful and imaginative park. The playground is not large but children will be surprised by the houses of the grobits –fantastic creatures, which are the hobbit's distant relatives–, half-buried in the ground and inspired by The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien, as it can be appreciated in the adaptation of the film. Grobits' houses only reproduce the front of the house, but it is a very accurate representation.
The village, which is circular shaped, has original play structures made with acacia wood. A scaled-down table, especially built for these fantastic creatures (who according to the legend live underground but sometimes emerge from it to reach the ground), surrounded by trees of different colours liven up the place.
The small wood houses, half-buried in the ground, replicate the Hobbits' dwellings in an imaginative park full of colour
Besides the park, the island has much more to offer. It is the protected home of the fariñeiros (Galician breed of donkeys), that can be seen as soon as you cross the bridge. In addition, the island has a large network of trails, and it is famous for being a spa centre known worldwide, so this is a must-visit. The Aldea Grobit is the perfect excuse to visit the place.
The great number of large modern play areas found all over the province, with zip-lines and original recreational equipment, guarantee lots of fun for children. Four of them stand out from the rest, and have become tourist attractions for families looking for activities to enjoy with their children.