As you approach the archipelago of San Simón, be on the lookout for the statue of Captain Nemo, skipper of the fictional submarine Nautilus. Its presence in Rías Baixas is all down to Jules' Verne depiction of the Battle of Rande in his work Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. In the novel, he describes the sinking of several galleons loaded with gold, which the captain manages to salvage in order to finance his voyages. Around 200 galleons invaded the cove of San Simón during the battle, in which the Anglo-Dutch navy fought the Franco-Spanish armada. It has been described as one of the fiercest maritime combats in history, taking place during the opening years of the Spanish War of Succession.