RIAS BAIXAS OF O SALNES


O SALNES

O Salnés (Salnes Valley) traveling along the ría of Arousa's southern shore passing by villages offering varied and interesting allures, but each and every one of them has its own symbol. O Salnés presents an important natural inheritance with beautiful panoramic views of the coast and vineyard valleys. It is one of the sub-zones for the Domination of Origin Rias Baixas (See DENOMINATION S OF ORIGIN IN GALICIA AND EL BIERZO document).


Catoira's Torres de Oeste (Western Towers).The remains of these 17th century defence towers where order to be built by the Archbishop Gelmirez to protect from Viking evasion up the Ulla River to Santiago. In August I recommended coming back here for the Festa Vikinga (Viking Festival). Every year thousand of people attend dress like Vikings dancing about with their horns on, and a big pitcher of wine in hand. They re-enact Catoria's Viking attack and sail in with the replica Viking Drakkar ship that was built in Catoria with the real designs of an ancient Viking ship provided by the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum in Denmark, who come to join in the Festa every year.


Cambados village, the heart of Albariño wine country. This town offers a lot of possibilities of knowing and contacting with its past and its tradition. Following the scheme of the three primitive nuclei and beginning by Fefiñáns we find the group of the square, open to the sea until two centuries ago, framed by the noble stately home of Figueroa, with several shields and original balconies in the tower, and the neo-classical church of San Bieito. In Cambados we can see a wide variety of manors and stately homes, spread on streets and narrow squares: the house of the Fajardo's or Salgado's, the big house of the Couto's or the Royal Hospital, without forgetting the Tourism National Parador of the Albariño, rebuilt on the remains of the old stately home of Bazán, from the 17th century. In this Plaza every July the Festa del vino Albarino (Albarino wine festival) is held. One of the most heavily attended gastronomic dates in Galicia, sometimes reaching 40,000 people. The festival consists of wine tasting and sales of the prestigious Albariño wines from the different sub-zones of the Rias Baixas.


La Toja/A Toxa Island, together with the Island of Arousa, one of the great island spaces in the province. Joined to O Grove peninsula through a bridge built at the beginning of the present century, A Toxa started to develop as a result of the construction of its spa. Hotels and sports and leisure centres sprouted up round it. Its natural locations and the peculiar hermitage of San Caralampio (12th cent.), covered with scallop shells, are of particular beauty.