Probably the best kept secret in Europe, the Southern Rias Baixus in Galicia home to some of the most stunning islands and beaches in the world . Europe has its own caribbean, galicias Cies archipelago, off the coat of Pontevedra, has been dubbed " the Galician Caribbean " for its white sandy beaches , a nature reserve since 1980, no hotels a small cafe/shop you often have these stunning beaches to your self, including Praia Rodas , voted Europe,s best by the Telegraph .
You will find Pilgrims Cottage nestled beneath the vineclad mountains .If you would like to get a sense of the area and countryside surrounding our lovely cottage do look at the websites of two of the major bodegas/wineries here, they are Altos de Torona , and Bodegas Terras Gauda, their videos show the vine clad mountains which lie immediately behind our property and the beautiful viewing areas which can be enjoyed by our guests. This is the perfect location to relax in our charming , restored Galician cottage. This is a special place and offers the traveller a high quality experience there is so much more included and no hidden extras , your own large floodlit pool .Beautifully maintained and equipped to a high standard and lots of luxury toiletries and a delicious fruit hamper welcome all our guests plus of course the delicious wine of the region.
Only a 5 min drive to N. Portugal, again stunning scenery.A two country holiday in one. Spectacular scenery and an ideal base for sailing, walking, riding, wine appreciation,food, water sports and artists or just getting away from it all. Superb location, peaceful but with easy access ,Islas de Cies as mentioned above, just a 20 min drive + 45 min. ferry ride to these finest award winning beaches ,incredible islands situated in the Ria de Vigo ,Isles de Cies and Islas de Ons ( Google them for stunning images ) named as the top beach in Europe and a haven for nature, birds, snorkelling and fantastic ocean views, the islands are protected so visitor numbers are limited, assuring visitors of peace in the most idyllic secret location in Europe.A day spent on the islands is truly memorable.
Delicious sea food restaurants, La Guardia has a fiesta of the Langostine and tapas bars and furancos make for lively ,friendly and very inexpensive dining. An organic micro climate providing fresh flavoursome produce and wines of the highest quality, still at affordable prices.House wines about 4 euros per bottle ! Colourful markets. A plant filled courtyard at the cottage and shaded BBQ area to enjoy informal alfresco meals . Space for children to play happily and a lawned area by the pool with sunbeds and hammocks for relaxed peaceful sunbathing.
Pilgrims Cottage is a very popular cottage because it is so private and has everything you need to enjoy a relaxed break, nothing is too much trouble, its position is ideal because it is private, not overlooked ( up a country lane ) but at the same time just 5 minutes to the main road and all that this amazing region has to offer, one week never seems enough for guests! Key features, well this croft style cottage has very thick granite walls which make it very comfortable in the summer but the glass panelled gallery mean it is light and spacious too. The wood burning stove for winter guests makes for a wonderfully cosy feel .
After a good nights sleep guests are refreshed and ready for the following days activities, rock pooling ,exploring the lanes on foot or bikes,kayaking, swimming snorkeling, riding or simply enjoying their own swimming pool which is available to guests 24/7 .
Breakfasts are always fun at Pilgrims Cottage often enjoyed in the courtyard perhaps after an early dip in the pool ,with so much fresh fruit from the finca and fresh bread delivered to the door and organic eggs from the small holding up the road or pop to the pananderia for wonderful patiserrie and coffee a popular local custom or perhaps chocolate and chorros for the sweet toothed ..
To sum up, Pilgrims cottage is a place to recharge your batteries after doing so many diverse activities here in Galicia, from Santiago de Compostella and Tui with their breathtaking Cathedrals, the Islas de Cies an absolute must, perhaps the historic towns in Portugal of Ponte de Lima and Braga. The numerous food fiestas, Kayaking on the River Minho and bodega visits , the list is endless and the cottage is the place to return to , listen to the wildlife,dabble with some water colours or even watch a movie ( UK TV !) wander in the countryside while the supper cooks or pop out to the surrounding villages for tapas and local sights and sounds.
This is an area completely unspoilt by high rise hotels with long wide bays of white sand, small coves, fishing villages,traditional values and majestic expanses of unspoilt countryside, rivers and rias teeming with fish, birds and so very clean.Galegos respect and nurture the environment and are very proud of this fascinating corner of Iberia, come enjoy, and you will ,we have no doubt be charmed by this lovely property and indeed this region.