You will spend unforgettable days in the heart of the coastal inlet Ría de Arousa. The festival boasts an outstanding line-up, and in the town where it is held, Vilagarcía de Arousa, you can also enjoy wonderful natural landscapes, a rich heritage, as well as a wide range of leisure activities and its local cuisine. In addition, its splendid scenery (beaches, seaside towns, and an island belonging to the Atlantic Islands National Park) make it the perfect place to get some fresh air and, if you wish, to practice outdoor sports, such as kayaking, cycling... It’s up to you! .
The sea washes the coast of Vilagarcía de Arousa and the region of O Salnés. There, it is worth visiting the seaside villages of O Carril, home to one of the most popular clams in the world, and also Vilaxoán. You can also visit Cortegada Island, part of the Atlantic Islands National Park, and majestic pazos (manor houses) such as Pazo de Rubianes, whose garden has been recognised as an International Camellia Garden of Excellence. Enjoy Vilagarcía de Arousa's local cuisine, leisure activities and shops.
On Vilagarcía de Arousa, you can taste the best products from the coastal inlet Ría de Arousa. We recommend you the mussel, the crab and the pod razor (longueirón), which can be perfectly paired with the Albariño white wine under the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas.
O Marisquiño is the most important festival of urban culture and action sports in Europe. A perfect combination of sport, urban art, music and fine food that attracts thousands of people.
Its events, of a spectacular nature, include four world cups, three Olympic disciplines and a dramatic MTB descent downtown. This festival brings together the best international riders and bikers and promising young riders.
You will be fascinated by the lively atmosphere of the old town, popularly known as Casco Vello, and enjoy stunning views of the coastal inlet Ría de Vigo and the Cíes Islands from the top of O Castro Hill. Stroll around the city, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO) and the park of Castrelos. If you want to swim and enjoy the sunset, the Samil Beach is the perfect place. Other beautiful beaches are O Vao, Canido, A Punta, O Tombo do Gato, Rodas and Figueiras (the latter in the paradise islands of Cíes).
Vigo has one of the largest fishing ports in Europe. Moreover, in this city you can enjoy the best seafood. We recommend the oysters, a delicious mollusc cultivated at the seabed of the coastal inlet Ría de Vigo. It can be enjoyed in the city's old town, where they are served freshly opened.
Sinsal is held at a beautiful island at the bottom of the coastal inlet Ría de Vigo, whose access is limited to 800 people per day, and its line-up is secret. The audience goes blindly and the names of the bands are not revealed until they take the stage. You will be strongly surprised by this festival.
A special atmosphere is created in San Simón, a place filled with history, to which the troubadour Meendinho used to sing in the 13th century. It served long ago as a convent, leper house, concentration camp, military residence… Templars lived there in the Middle Ages, and Sir Francis Drake and his pirates sacked the island, which has a rich but tragic past.
Explore the island, which perfectly combines nature and heritage, and is connected to the small San Antón Island. Nearby, you can enjoy the Cesantes Beach, which has a characteristic triangle shape and it is highly appreciated by water sports enthusiasts. It is worth visiting the magnificent Soutomaior Castle, and the old part of Redondela, which is known as the town of the viaducts.
The coastal inlet Ría de Vigo is rich in fish and seafood. The cuttlefish is the king of the Redondela’s cuisine. It can be prepared with rice, stewed, with potatoes, with clams, in an empanada (Galician savoury pie stuffed with seasonal fillings)… There is a great variety of options to enjoy this delicious cephalopod.
SonRías is an outburst of energy, fun and vindictive music. Ska, punk, rock, metal, electronic music, rumba, Latin, fusion, trap... A festival that combines both popular and emerging bands and leisure with the best food from As Rías Baixas. The event takes place in a bustling, beautiful seaside town, surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches, islands and landscapes in the province of Pontevedra.
You will love the cape Cabo Udra, the beaches of Lagos, Area de Bon, Lapamán and Portomaior, all with a blue flag, and stroll along the seaside promenade of Bueu, with fishing and shellfish boats docked in port. Get on the ferry that sails to A Illa de Ons, one of the jewels of the Atlantic Islands National Park.
O Morrazo's small fleet catches excellent fish and shellfish. SonRías itself has its own culinary offer and in the town centre, you can find many restaurants. You should try the octopus, the razor shells, the sole or the turbot paired with the red wine "femia" from Bueu.
Vive Nigrán is a funny and refreshing festival with a fantastic line-up that offers music proposals for all audiences. It is held in a magical spot located at one side of the A Praia América Beach, facing the Atlantic Ocean and with the Cíes Islands in the background.
The festival combines experiences for all audiences: sea, food, talks, workshops, markets, music, Dj sessions… A large programme of activities and a picnic pop festival of creative culture held in the town of Nigrán that can be enjoyed from early in the morning till late at night.
Do you like the beach? Nigrán is a paradise in As Rías Baixas to enjoy summer by the seaside. Visit the beaches of A Praia América, Panxón and Patos, the most popular among swimmers and water sports enthusiasts. Be seduced by the sea breeze of Panxón and admire the stunning architecture of its church Templo Votivo do Mar. Admire the archipelago Cíes Islands and the Estelas Islands from the viewpoint of the Monteferro Peninsula.
The mild climate and the thorough work of local growers result in good agricultural products in As Rías Baixas. Nigrán has several organic orchards; this is why we suggest you to taste the zero km products, freshly gathered in the orchard.
Its programme includes music, activities and shows for all audiences, as well as plenty of artistic performances: music street parades, theatre, circus, acrobatics, magicians, a Sahara fundraising event, cooking demonstrations and concerts on the seaside. Artists from the Galician scene and renowned national and international bands take the stage. People dance different styles of music including rhythms from other cultures.
Swim in the blue-flag beaches of O Preguntoiro and Campanario, and visit the Cortegada Island, which is part of the Galician Atlantic Islands National Park. Enjoy the heritage, and the botanical treasures of the Pazo de Rubianes, a manor house with an International Camellia Garden of Excellence. Travel back in time while strolling around the Castro de Alobre, a pre-Roman hillfort settlement from the Iron Age. Admire the ría from the breathtaking viewpoint on the Xiabre Hill.
In Vilaxoán, revenidas is the name used to refer to the sardines that are salted and allowed to rest before being grilled. The perfect opportunity for tasting the revenidas is the big popular food event held during the festival known as sardiñada. To round off your experience, it is worth visiting some of the wineries included in the Wine Route.
PortAmérica is a perfect combination of music and cuisine. You can enjoy a line-up with more than 30 renowned artists and bands that play their music in a magical carballeira on a bank of the Umia River. You can enjoy the fantastic showrocking, where well-known chefs, leaded by Pepe Solla, prepare succulent dishes for the audience.
The town of Caldas de Reis is pure history, thermal springs and nature. The carballeira boasts a botanical garden declared Site of Cultural Interest. Swim in the Umia River and follow the riverpath up to the Segade cascade, one of the most beautiful in As Rías Baixas. It is worth visiting the hot spring so-called A Burga, which is a must-stop along the Way of Saint James. Experience the thermal offer at the historical spas of the town.
Food, together with music, is the main hallmark of PortAmérica. At the international showrocking, you can taste dishes prepared with the best produce from As Rías Baixas by famous chefs, some of them distinguished with a Michelin Star.
One magical island; an oak grove with the best music, and renowned chefs ready to cook for the audience. Four seaside towns where big bands take the stage in a unique atmosphere. And the largest city in Galicia that becomes the capital of action sports and urban culture in Europe
It sounds good, doesn't it? They are the music festivals Rías Baixas Fests, a series of festivals with the best ingredients: renowned artists, the best food, and recreational activities with the Rías Baixas hallmark. Moreover, they are held in privileged settings where nature combines with the spirit of this coastal land.
Official sites: PortAmérica, Vive Nigrán, Atlantic Fest, Sinsal, SonRías Baixas, O Marisquiño, Revenidas.