Route from Baiona to Pontevedra
Starting point: Baiona
A quick but intense route which leads you to varied places from urban centres to heavenly beaches. The itinerary starts in Baiona, a very charming medieval coastal city. Park your bike and stroll around its narrow streets, enjoy a good selection of shellfish and, of course, taste a good wine under the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas. If you are on your trip during the first weekend of March, you can go to the Arribada Festival, declared Festival of International Tourist Interest and the most important one held in the city. It commemorates Martín Alonso Pinzóns' arrival to the village, after the Discovery of America.
Point of interest: the beaches of Panxón, Patos and Prado
The first important points of interest on this route are the three amazing beaches of Panxón, Patos and Prado, accessible through the road PO-552. They are perfect stops for those who want to give a try to water sports. The beaches of Patos and Prado are specially appreciated by surf and windsurf lovers, among other sea sport fans. Come on, don't be afraid of the waves and enjoy a day at the beach!
You can discover the urban heritage of the city of Vigo and enjoy the fantastic views over the inlet. Here, you can visit, among other attractions, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo (Museum of Contemporary Art of Vigo, MARCO), one of the most important art spaces in Galicia. Last century, its building housed a prison. You should also visit the O Castro Hill and take some amazing pictures of the inlet, and the old town with its countless restaurants and pubs. To go downtown from the beach, take the road PO-552 again.
Leave the largest city in Galicia and take the motorway AP9 and later the road PO-552, which runs along the coast, to Moaña. This small coastal town, which can be reached by crossing the Rande Bridge, is well-known for its warm weather and for being located at the beginning of a large area of beaches. If you want to rest for a while, you can visit the beaches of A Xunqueira or O Con. You can also enjoy the famous route Ruta do Río da Fraga, one of the most popular among hikers because of its beauty and because it is very well-preserved. Along the way, you will find a great variety of trees, ranging from chestnut trees, laurels or alders to weeping willows. You can also have a dip in any of its cascades.
Now, take the corredor (expressway) of O Morrazo, and then the road PO-313 and the PO-551 to Cangas. This is another coastal town, very well-known for its beaches. Near the town centre, you can find the popular nudist beach of Barra having crystal waters.
Stop: Cabo Home
You have to drive now along some twisting roads on the way to the cape of Cabo Home, from where you can admire the most stunning views of the Cíes Islands. Park your bike and enjoy the sea, the landscapes and the fresh air and, if you have the opportunity, the best sunset in the world. From Cangas, take the PO-551 first, and then drive along the PO-315 for 2.6 kilometres until changing to the EP-1008 and later to the EP-1006.
Aldán is a small village with some paradisiacal coves and beaches. To go from the cape Cabo Home to Aldán, take the road EP-1006 and the PO-315, until reaching a beautiful small fishing port. Here, the heavenly beaches of Areabrava and Areacova are a must visit.
Extra information: in the Ría de Aldán you can find the Udra Cape (Bueu), having beautiful stretches of coast, with rocky cliffs and beaches, as the Mourisca Beach, or caves as Ancoradoiro and Lagoa. In the Aula da Natureza, located at the Udra Cape and awarded with a blue flag, visitors can learn about the importance of this environment and its biological value.
The next stop is Bueu, which can be reached through the road PO-315. This town, located in the Ría de Pontevedra, combines a great natural value with the history of its pazos and churches. There are two important attractions:
The Massó's Museum: it is located in an old canning factory. It explores the history of navigation through different collections and it also has ethnographic materials of the seafaring world.
The Ons Archipelago: it includes the islands of A Illa de Ons and Onza and the islet of As Freitosas. It can be compared with the Cíes islands in terms of beauty, and it has an abundant sea wildlife thanks to the emergence of deep waters rich in nutrients. A Illa de Ons, still inhabited today, offers the possibility to discover the characteristics of a small coastal rural area. You have to go!
Marín is the last but one stop on this route. To go from Bueu to Marín, take the road PO-551, which runs along the coast. Once there, you will be amazed by the great charm of a town with protected crystal-water beaches, surrounded by nature. You can take a stroll around the town, enjoy a good selection of shellfish and, if you want, take a dip in the Portocelo Beach, one of the most popular in the area.
Last stop: Pontevedra
This is the end of the route. Driving along the coastal road PO-11, Pontevedra is less than 15 minutes away from Marín. Once you arrive in the capital of the province, you can enjoy its history by strolling around its narrow streets and its historical centre, admiring its unique architecture and visiting the large number of museums, as the Museum of Pontevedra, which consists of six buildings and has a collection of elements which are part of the rich ethnographic heritage.