What to see what to do
Galicia never ceases to amaze
Casa de Roque’s privileged location allows you to enjoy all Galicia´s advantages: tranquillity surrounded by nature, proximity to the sea to enjoy amazing sandy beaches.
Only one kilometre from a small town, with all the services; less than half hour away from Santiago de Compostela and few minutes from historic towns and villages and breath-taking sceneries.
Options for everyone
For the intrepids: there are many active tourism activities in the area, such as bungee jumping, zip-lining, cannoning, kayaking, rafting …, go to the activities section online booking and choose what best fits you. I recommend the cannoning route through Santa Baia’s waterfall, Amazing!!!
On foot: Walks on paths surrounded by grasslands and forest, with restored mills, along streams and rivers, medieval bridges, or a stroll along the seaside. We can recommend you a couple of very simple routes leaving directly from the house.
On horseback: Rides for adults and children from 7 years old, it’s not necessary to be an expert, the young couple running the equestrian facility – Estivada Equestre, 200 meters from Casa de Roque- are experts in organizing routes adapted to different abilities and always accompanied by monitors.
Secret places: Galicia is full of places that are not mentioned in traveling guides; dare to discover magic places?, where water and forest are usually the main characters, less than ten minutes by car: Capela and Fervenza of Santa Leocadia.
Pontemaceira, 35 minutes from Casa de Roque, a mill turned into a restaurant with a terrace over the river. With its spectacular, initially Roman, stone bridge, three meters wide with a pointed arch in the centre. Considered as one of the most charming towns in Spain.
Ponte Nafonso: just twelve minutes away, you will be amazed with the 20 stone arches medieval bridge that joins the towns of Noia and Outes, walk through the gardens of Pazo do Tambre, at the very mouth of the river Tambre.
To the beach
The closest beach from the house is seven minutes by car, ideal for children. Park the car at the foot of the beach, there are a couple of bars for ice cream or tapas and also a wood area ideal for picnics, a small playground and a beautiful walk along the coastline, beautiful even if it’s not a beach day.
Do not just stop here!!!, there are many beaches to explore at every bend of the coastline, until Fisterra the road runs along the Ocean, so you can still enjoy a wonderful view while on the road.
Don’t forget to stop at Carnota’s beach, this 7 km stretch of beach makes it the longest in Galicia, its numerous bends will allow you to enjoy a different beach every time. If you want tranquillity, go to Boca de Rio and delight yourself with its dunes and lagoons.
Carnota is 35 minutes from Casa de Roque if you take the inland road, which will also give you the chance to enjoy one of the most wonderful landscapes in the Galician coast, ideal for taking pictures from allocated viewpoints.
To the port: In the boundary of Outes you will find the beautiful port of O Freixo, with an important shellfish production. Eating oysters, clams or cockle freshly dug from the sea is a luxury that you will be able to allow yourself to enjoy in any of the wonderful taverns along the port, and with unbeatable prices! If you fancy going for a boat ride to the mussel farms or to see the arrival of the fishing vessels in the evening you can go to Muros, further down the road.
Towns and picturesque villages:
The medieval town of Noia is just a few minutes away, a stroll through its winding streets and arches, wandering around its squares and churches will transport you to olden times. Noia still has a traditional street market on Thursdays and Sundays packet with colourful stalls, ideal for a bit of shopping and wandering around. You should not miss the town hall building, with its interior cloister, located in the Alameda park; San Francisco’s convent, the church of Santa María a Nova, which houses a collection of tomb stones, nor the emblematic San Martiño´s church in plaza do Tapal.
Noia is also known for its delicious empanadas that are backed in its countless taverns and bars and usually offered for free with each drink.
Muros: Galician´s best preserved fishing town, with narrow granite streets, a sea front , fishing port, shellfish farms, arches that house small bars and restaurants, numerous churches and charming plazas and archaeological sites. Muros is half hour away through country roads, with impressive views of the town from above, or 40 minutes away along the coastal road.
Archaeological and cultural tourism
Galicia has a rich and exceptional archaeological heritage, though much still to be discovered, you can still have an insight on how our Celtic ancestors lived from countless funeral constructions and remains of numerous settlements (Castros), most of them have been excavated and are open to the public. Close to Casa de Roque you will find Galicia’s most popular Castro, for its impressive location; Castro de Baroña is half an hour away from casa Roque. This route will as well allow you to admire numerous untouched sandy beaches from Noia to Ribeira.
Together with numerous mamoas, dolmens and rock carvings, such as the Dolmen de Axeitos, nearby Castro de Baroña, or the Dombate dolmen, with a replica open to the public, in Cabana de Bergantiños and the enigmatic rock carvings of A cova da bruxa and A laxe das rodas, in Muros
Galicia is a landscape in itself, often described as the green Spain, we, Galicians, are very proud of our land and we often say “How beautiful it is and how little do we apreciate it” wherever you look you will be amused by the green meadows, woods and rivers, water overflowing in each bend, blue seas and waterfalls! Some parts are considered of special interest and are protected for its outstanding beauty, natural spaces or cultural interest. We recommend two very close to Casa de Roque.
Monte and Lagoa de Louro, close to Muros and Monte Pindo, the sacred mountain named in Galicia’s hymn, the Sacred Olympus of the Celts, and no wonder, 627 meters of altitude crowned by the zoomorphic rocks of A Moa, with an impressive view of the Ensenada do Ézaro, where you can also enjoy the only waterfall in Europe that leads directly to the sea.
The natural park of the dunes and lagoons of Corrubedo is not in the Natura 2000 network, but well worth a visit, only few kilometres from the Castro of Barona this dune complex hides two lagoons fed by the sea that hits its beautiful beach.
Santiago de Compostela is located less than half an hour away, enjoy strolling through the historic quarter, vino and tapas in its countless bars and lounging in its numerous parks. If you want to explore Santiago beside typical circuits, just ask me!!
A Coruña, one hour away. Walk up to the Monte de San Pedro to contemplate the best view of the city and descend along the promenade that surrounds the city, stopping at the Tower of Hercules and the Castillo de San Antón, to end up the impressive Plaza de María Pita, across from the town hall, and through the arcades of what was called “the glass city” due to the impressive galleries of the Paseo de la Marina buildings
Pontevedra, one hour from Santiago by road. With countless awards for its careful restoration and for its city model, designed for people. Internationally considered as one of the best cities in Europe to live. You will be able to discover a city that is worth wandering around for its countless squares, also enjoying a lively nightlife.
And much more, Galicia has a lot to offer, come with time and we will tell you all about it!!
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