On hills or in valleys close to vast meadows, there are modest hamlets to explore. By a stream, between paths of gorse and heather, you will find a small world away from the bustle of the city, a space full of secrets of the history of our lives, of the history of As Rías Baixas.
They are wreathed in legends of hidden treasures, meigallos (spells) cast on their inhabitants and stories about vigorous girls waiting for their beloved to return from the war. In As Rías Baixas there are several.
An example of the best-kept secrets in Galicia is the hamlet of Godela, in the town of Cerdedo-Cotobade. Walking along a beautiful path through a leafy forest you can find some buildings dating from the 18th century, being A Casa da Peste and the Herrería Martín the most significant ones.
In this area you can also discover the remains of the small hamlet of Arufe having works created by renowned stonemasons of the area: large hórreos (typical Galician raised granaries), dovecots and fountains which have been gradually covered by nature.
The old hamlet of Vichocuntín is a real open-air museum displaying some examples of the ethnography of the region: lareiras (typical Galician fireplaces used as cookers), fireplaces, balconies, hórreos and an old watermill. You have to see it to believe it!
In the town of Forcarei, you will find the hamlet of Grobas. The existence of old tin mines and the selling of oak carbon made this place become an economic hub. Nearby, you can also visit the Monastery of Aciveiro and the neveras, in the place of Fixó, used to store snow to be sold as ice to the wealthy people from the city.
On the way to the town of Lalín, you will find the beautiful old country house Casal de Chedas. Before arriving, you should visit O Convento, an archaeological site considered the former outbuildings of the monastery of Aciveiro, once a place for punishment. Some of the stones used to build the amazing country house come from this place. There, you can smell the aroma of the cocido (traditional Galician stew) and the only inhabitant of the place, thought to have been an old farm, can enjoy a valley of 400 ha.
Finally, Zobra, a typical small town of the Galician countryside. In this hamlet of 200 inhabitants, the production of organic food as honey, cheese and agricultural produce are very important. It is said that bears wander around the area looking for the tasty honey and that wolves can be seen.
Myths of the mysterious and old deep rural Galicia. You can experience the sensation of walking in the fresh grass thanks to the never-ending currents of water coming from the mountains. In As Rías Baixas you can enjoy this and much more.