Day Excursions


VILAR DE SANTOS

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10 minutes from Allariz this village is found in the Limia valley just over the hill. Situated in an area of lakes and streams, great for bird watching and nice and flat for cycling, the village itself has one of the best ethnographic museums of the province. It records the life and times of the area before the great lake here was drained, has a recreation of a traditional shop of that time and an area explaining how linen is made. There are several beautiful walks in the area ranging from 3kms to 12kms. The routes are fully sign posted and you can pick up brochures with full details and map from the museum.

This village is found in the Limia valley over the hill from Allariz. Situated in an area of lakes and streams, great for bird watching and nice and flat for cycling, the village itself has one of the best ethnographic museums of the province. It records the life and times of the area before the great lake here was drained, has a recreation of a traditional shop of that time and an area explaining how linen is made. There are several beautiful walks in the area ranging from 3kms to 12kms. The routes are fully sign posted and you can pick up brochures with full details and map from the museum.OURENSE

( 20 minutes from Allariz)
Ourense is the largest town of the area with a cathedral, museums, theatre and a wide range of cafes, bars, shops and restaurants. The area around the cathedral is particularly good for tapas bars. Our favourite activity in Ourense though is a visit to the hot pools, a great way to end the day. The natural hot water pools have been known since Roman times and there are a variety of places where you can try them out. The one closest to the centre is Chavasqueira, a Japanese inspired creation. There is an admission charge here. The pools at Outariz have recently opened and are currently free and, of course, a little more crowded

RIBEIRA SACRA WINE AREA 

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  ( 1h from Allariz)
If you want to see some of the most stunning scenery available in Spain and at the same time have an opportunity to taste some of the best wine around then head for the Ribeira Sacra.  The main town is Monforte de Lemos and here is a good place to start with a visit to the Ribeira Sacra wine centre. A guided tour of the centre is available in English if you ring and talk to Alex first. There is a wine shop with the biggest collection of Mencia wines in the world and a taparia for lunch or coffee and snacks. The steep sided river canyons on which the vineyards are situated are best appreciated by boat. Two journeys are available courtesy of the Lugo Diputacion catamarans, one along the River Sil leaving from Doade and the other along the River Miño leaving from Belesar.

CHAVES, PORTUGAL AND THE DOURO VALLEY

(1h from Allariz)
Leave Allariz and head in the direction of Madrid along the A52. After 44ksm you arrive in Verrin with its castle and nearby Parador worth a detour for a coffee and the view. Take either the small back road or the highway and head for Chaves in Portugal. A pleasant city with a number of excellent restaurants. Nearby is Vidago a beautiful spa town  with day spa available  at the and Vidago Spa hotel and golf course. Heading further on into Portugal it is a fast ride along the motorway and through some great scenery down to the Douro Valley and the peaceful town of Peso da Regua; the official centre of the Port wine growing region. From here the barrels of port were shipped by wooden sailing ships down river to Porto. A road winds its way up the valley to Pinhao with its wine museum in the old railway station and along the way there are numerous wineries that you can visit.

ARBO and MELGACO IN PORTUGAL (80 minutes from Allariz)

Situated either side of the river Miño which divides Spain and Portugal in this area these two small towns are centres for wine and lamprey eels. In Arbo the Wine and Lamprey Exhibition Centre is in the process of being upgraded but the ground floor tasting room and shop is now open and a great place to try some of the local albariños. There are beautiful walks along the river banks and an opportunity to taste lamprey in one of the several specialist restaurants before crossing the bridge into Portugal (turn your watches back one hour for local time) and Melgaco: a delightful small town with a beautiful historic centre, a ruined tower and the excellent Solar do Alvarinho tasting rooms showcasing all the best Alvarinhos of this side of the Miño.

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (90 minutes from Allariz)

Galicia’s state capital is famous for its cathedral which has been the end point of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route, since its origins in the 9th century. In 1985 the city's Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is a wonderful place to wander around. There is a great food market of local produce every morning bar Sunday and some of Galicia’s best restaurants are hidden away in the narrow cobblestoned streets.

RIBADAVIA, SAN CLODIO Y ENOTURISMO DE RIBEIRO (40 minutes from Allariz)

The town of Ribadavia lies on the banks of the river Miño and is surrounded by the vineyards of the Ribeiro wine area which produces fantastic white wines from the Treixadura grape. There are ruins of a 15thcentury castle, remains of the city walls and reminders of a time when this was a major Jewish town including a synagogue and a Jewish museum. Deep in the vineyards you can find the monastery of San Clodio which dates from the 6thcentury. First a Benedictine and later a Cistercian monastery it is now a luxury hotel with a very good restaurant open to non residents.

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