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Mondariz-Balneario is the smallest municipality in Spain and one of the most special spots in As Rías Baixas. This spa, which has been honoured as the best in Spain on several occasions, began to be popular in the late 19th century, the Golden age of spa resorts all around Europe. Today, the building still keeps its former splendour.
This spa resort with more than a century of history offers health, beauty or wellness treatments using the most modern techniques. Having more than 3,000 m2 devoted to relaxation and leisure, the Palacio del Agua is a large spa designed to be enjoyed alone, with a partner, in a group or in family.
The most important building of the complex is the Gran Hotel, designed by the famous architect Jenaro de la Fuente.
The Palacio del Agua is a large spa with more than 3,000 m2 devoted to relaxation and leisure
Visitors can stroll around its beautiful gardens, where they can admire the thermal springs of Troncoso, just beside a path by the Tea River and of A Gándara, with an adjoining granite pavilion, by the architect Antonio Palacios.
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- The Gran Hotel
- The spa Palacio del Agua
- The hot spring of A Gándara
- The hot spring of Troncoso
The spa would live is own “Belle Époque”. Distinguished and prominent cultural and political figures of the time, such as Castelao, Queen Isabella or Emilia Pardo Bazán stayed at the spa, where they would enjoy a peaceful and charming atmosphere. When the Spanish Civil War broke out, the village went into a decline, which reached its peak after a fire destroyed the hotel in 1973. Today, Mondariz-Balneario revived and has adapted to the new century.
The spa also offers an 18-hole golf course located in beautiful natural surroundings. One of the figures that played an important role in the history of thermalism in Mondariz was Domingo Blanco, the village's doctor, who rediscovered the spring of Troncoso in the 19th century and began to use its waters for therapeutic purposes.
THE SPRING OF A GÁNDARA
Enrique Peinador had heard about these properties and visited the springs in the province of Pontevedra to build a spa. The origin of the spa Balneario de Mondariz dates back to 1872, when the Peinador brothers, Enrique and Ramón, discovered the spring of A Gándara.
Cormorants, gannets, European turtle doves, herons, scoters or short-toed snake eagles. The variety of species and the beauty of the landscapes where they can nest make As Rías Baixas a privileged spot for birdwatching. If you like birds, take note, because the province of Pontevedra offers a large number of options to enjoy them in their natural habitat.
In Cíes, you can find the largest colony of yellow-legged gulls in the world. They are also home to many specimens of shags
Start your route at the Umia-O Grove Intermareal Complex, a Site of Community Importance that in recent years has become a national reference spot for wintering waterbirds, with around 18,000 specimens.
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- Intertidal Complex Umia-O Grove
- Estuary of the Miño River
- Wetlands Brañas de Xestoso
- Monte Faro viewpoint in Cíes
The Atlantic Islands National Park is another attractive area for bird enthusiasts, which is also certified by the bird tourism sector. In Cíes, you can find the largest colony of yellow-legged gulls in the world. Other varieties that can be watched in the islands are European shags, gannets, common woodpigeons or doves.
In the south of the province, you can find the estuary of the Miño River. It is the perfect habitat for migratory birds and waders such as godwits, redshanks, dunlins or lapwings. There, other species as ducks, herons or grebes, scoters; and predatory birds as the hen harrier, the black-shouldered kite and the osprey can also be seen. There are more than 3,500 specimens in winter.
The Atlantic Islands
The Atlantic Islands National Park is a benchmark for birdwatching in Europe. Its marshes, beaches and cliffs, perfect for breeding, make its islands a refuge for dozens of unique species. Every year, many visitors are attracted to this island for its natural richness and bird diversity. In this archipelago, more than twenty species have been identified, 1,100 pairs of cormorants and more than 15,000 yellow-legged gulls, which are especially abundant in the islands of Cíes and Salvora.
Bird enthusiasts will learn more about the province in the wetland with meadows known as Brañas de Xestoso, in the surroundings of O Candán Hill. The lagoon known as Sacra de Olives is the habitat of a large number of protected species. Some representative examples of the species that can be watched here are yellowhammers, rock buntings, skylarks, mistle thrushs, corn buntings as well as other migratory species coming from Africa.
As Rías Baixas offers many wetlands and marshes perfect for bird watching. Among them, it is worth mentioning the Gándaras de Budiño (O Porriño); the marshes in Alba, on the banks of the Lérez River; the Monte Aloia Interpretation Centre (Tui); and the wetlands of A Ramallosa and Cotorredondo, both having a bird recovery centre.
Rabiosa, raída, marafouza or pimienta are some of the autochthonous varieties of apple used to produce the cider from the town of A Estrada. The old industry of traditional cider has strongly resurged in this region of the northern part of the province of Pontevedra.
As a result of the intensive work of local producers to revive this activity, more than 100 hectares were planted with apple trees intended for cider production in the green valleys of the rivers Ulla, Umia and Liñares.
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- The banks of the rivers Ulla, Umia and Liñares
- Feira da Sidra (Cider Festival)
- The manor house Pazo de Oca
- The meadows Brañas de Xestoso
The blooming period is from April to May, and the latest production is also marketed in these months. The amazing fields of the region of Tabeirós-Terra de Montes are an invitation to travel around an enjoy the inland part of the province of Pontevedra.
Sweet-scented, light, slightly sour, and with plenty of body, the cider from A Estrada has preserved the essence of the past, its nobility and authenticity
Spring is the best season to enjoy the aroma of the fifty sweet, sour and bitter apple varieties, and immerse yourself in a longstanding tradition. Cider is sweet-scented and its taste is light and slightly sour, having plenty of body. A delight for the senses that can be paired with traditional dishes of the local cuisine.
The production of apples in A Estrada is mainly organic, and the essence of the past, its nobility and authenticity have been preserved. A perfect occasion to taste this beverage is the Feira da Sidra, born in 2012 to promote the cider produced by the manufactures who have revived this deep-rooted and ancient tradition in the province of Pontevedra.
Among the many attractions of A Estrada, it is worth visiting the traditional eighteenth-century manor house Pazo de Oca and its gardens known as "the Galician Versailles", the cascades of the Curantes River, the meadows known as Brañas de Xestoso and the Sacra de Olives Lagoon. The region of Tabeirós has many natural landscapes to get away from it all and taste first-quality products.
Cider presses filled with history
Even though cider manufacturing fell into decline more than 100 years ago, many houses in the region of Tabeirós-Terra de Montes still keep their old cider presses. Moreover, plantations started to be recovered in the late 20th century. These places are considered true ethnographic treasures, silent witnesses of the work of the past with more than 100 years of antiquity. Today, you can visit the cider presses Lagar de Ribela and Sidrería Peroja.