The Atlantic Fest is held on a magical island, which boasts blue flag beaches, an astonishing natural park, a town that keeps intact its sea essence and hiking trails by the seashore with spectacular panoramic views.
A Illa de Arousa has everything to spend three unforgettable days with the best music as well as leisure and nautical activities in this festival, an essential event in the series of festivals Rías Baixas Fest.
The unmistakable main stage of the Atlantic Fest is set up on O Bao Beach, next to the bridge that connects the island to the mainland. But the festival’s atmosphere and music reaches other places of the island.
Besides unlikely places with a special charm to offer concerts, such as the food market, there are performances in the street and at the town’s auditorium, called Escenario Turismo Rías Baixas for the occassion.
Big international bands such as Kaiser Chiefs and The Vaccines, and musicians like Iván Ferreiro, Rodrigo Amarate or La Casa Azul, are a part of the 2018 line-up. Los Nastys, Jay or Caxade will also play their music before the crowd in the different concert areas.
A record market, talks, children games and nautical activities , such as kayaking or paddle surf, complete the offer of the festival, which has a camping area and bus services available from different places in Galicia.
Throughout the year, the organization celebrates the Atlantic Days, a series of events (concerts, talks…) held in different places in Galicia, including concerts by The New Raemon, La Bien Querida, Cooper, Sr. Chinarro and Best Boy, among others.
A wide range of activities with the best music in the unique setting of A Illa de Arousa.
What to see in A Illa de Arousa
The Atlantic Fest is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a real natural paradise. The beaches of O Bao and Area da Secada have the blue flag and are a perfect get away. The first one is endowed with a wide range of equipment and services, whereas Area da Secada is located in an ideal environment and it’s flanked by A Ruta dos Cons, a trail surrounded by nature and with great panoramic views. Near the beach you will find the Punta Cabalo lighthouse, one of the main attractions of A Illa. Nearby, there’s a sundial carved out in a con, a term used to refer to the stones and rocks in the Galician language.
O Carreirón Park is a fantastic natural space and a special habitat for birds. In fact, Punta Carreirón, which is part of the territory, was designated as a Special Protection Area for birds and it is integrated in the Umia-O Grove-A Lanzada-Punta Carreirón and Lagoa de Bodeira Intertidal Complex.
In the middle of A Illa de Arousa you can feel the atmosphere of the fishing towns of As Rías Baixas. It is recommended to visit the “Centro de Interpretación da Conserva”, in the former Goday canning factory, an interpretation centre where one can learn about the history linked up to the sea industry.
The Con do Forno viewpoint, at the highest part of the town, offers a panoramic view of the whole island, the bridge and the neighbouring towns of Vilagarcía de Arousa, Vilanova de Arousa, Cambados, Meaño, Sanxenxo and O Grove.
Gastronomy is indeed one of the essential tourist attractions of the A Illa de Arousa, where one can taste excellent fish and shellfish paired with a glass of Albariño, the prince of the Galician white wines.