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Route of Father Sarmiento

Ruta del Padre Sarmiento: the variant of the Portuguese Way that runs through all of O Salnés

The route through the Rías Baixas follows the steps taken by Fray Martín Sarmiento to win the jubilee in 1745. In total, 173 kilometers, from Pontevedra to Vilagarcía de Arousa, which combine the best of the landscape, gastronomy and heritage of each town in the Shire.

Route of Father Sarmiento. Combarro

Combarro

Among the vast territories of the Salnés region, bordering the winding coastline from the municipality of Poio to Vilagarcía de Arousa, the Padre Sarmiento Route follows in the footsteps that the Dominican monk, Fray Martín Sarmiento, traveled on his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1745, and later in 1754. The variant of the Portuguese Way runs through Salnés lands along 7 stages and 173 kilometers. Throughout the journey, points of high historical, heritage and landscape interest are crossed, such as well-known manor houses and country houses, archaeological sites or picturesque seaside neighborhoods.
But who was Fray Martín Sarmiento? Born in Vilafranca do Bierzo, the Benedictine religious was in turn a renowned Galician writer, father of Romanesque philology in general and Galician in particular; and also, indirectly, the creator of this spiritual version of the Portuguese road in the Rías Baixas. The same monk recorded the feat of his pilgrimage from Madrid to Compostela in the work Viaxe a Galicia, the guide on which the current route made by the Mancomunidade do Salnés is based.
The route begins in the vicinity of the Burgo bridge, in Pontevedra, and extends through Poio, Sanxenxo, O Grove, Meaño, Cambados, A Illa de Arousa, Vilanova and Vilagarcía, in its section through the Salnés; and then continue towards Catoira, Valga and Pontecesures. In its last section, the route converges with the Portuguese Way until it reaches the doors of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

  Stage 1: A balcony to the Pontevedra estuary

This stage is the one that runs through our closest environment . The path of Padre Sarmiento begins in the city of Lérez, crossing the famous Burgo bridge and following the Dominican's trail to the Monastery of San Xoán de Poio . This convent was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1970 and has become a mandatory stop for all those who love art and architecture. The original floor plan of the building dates back to the 7th century, but among its constructions the church stands out, dating from the 17th century, and which mixes classicist and baroque forms.
The route continues to the well-known fishing village of Combarro, one of the most visited towns in the Rías Baixas, which also has the highest concentration of granaries in all of Galicia . Its picturesque picture is completed thanks to the fishing houses, its cobbled streets and the many crossroads that coexist in almost direct contact with the sea. In this stage, of about 25 kilometers in total, you also walk between Chancelas, Samieira and Raxó, culminating in the coastal network at the A Granxa viewpoint , which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the entire Pontevedra estuary . This first tour ends in the tourist capital par excellence of the Rías Baixas, Sanxenxo. The first contact with the municipality includes the Areas area, the promenade and the famous Silgar beach, presided over by its bronze ambassador, Madama de Alfonso Villar.
 
  
  
 
 
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Perfect plan with children: Grobit village

The Hobbits, those characters from the literary and cinematographic sagas of "The Lord of the Rings" to which the British writer JRR Tolkien gives life. They have gone to live on the Island of A Toxa , where a small playground is located, ideal for having a good time with the children in O Grove, the Village of Grobits .

The Grobits Village is a small and original playground that recreates Hobbiton , the home of the Hobbits, with its semi-buried miniature houses covered by the nature of the area.

It also has swings, up and down, benches, a magical well and more attractions, created with wood as the main material, that will dazzle the little ones in the family. Your visit is free, and you can visit at any time.

Once you arrive, the first thing you come across is an explanatory poster with the history of the Grobits : “The Grobits are beings that live in the depths of the thermal waters of A Illa da Toxa and come out into the air — it is not quite clear what days— going up from the thermal crevices to connect with the well that you will be able to see in the village. The earth in the well turns to water when they emerge , and turns back to black earth and plants the moment they step on the forest floor. They wander among the centuries-old pines, going up and down like squirrels and, when they are tired, they open the doors of the houses that you see, to enter to regain strength. It's useless knocking on the door. They are never open, unless they want to go outside or intend to return to the depths of the thermal faults below this island. Have a lucky day and get to see some! This is like the lottery, there are thousands who play, but there is always someone who gets it! "

The Grobits, which in case you hadn't noticed yet, the name comes from the fusion between O Grove and the Hobbits , they have their own legend. Many years ago they lived among us, but when human beings became possessive, the Grobits decided to move away and settle in the Central Mount of the Illa da Toxa , to live underground and to come to the surface only through the well that is there. . Adults cannot see them but, on the other hand, children are able to feel their presence .

Here we leave you the location of « how to get to the Aldea de los Grobits Children's Park » .

Source: SienteGalicia

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Raxó from a fishing village to a tourist center

Raxó , our town, is a little paradise in the Rías Baixas, it is located between Sanxenxo and Combarro on the north shore of the Ría de Pontevedra.

Raxó, Ría de Pontevedra

It retains the maritime and agricultural charm of yesteryear and has been transformed into a small tourist center, which does not take away an iota of its appeal for visitors seeking a bit of the calm that its illustrious neighboring towns lack, which is the fault of the three beaches in its urban environment: Xiorto, Raxó and Sinás for their crystal clear waters and quality of the sand, with a bit of luck you will be able to spot the dolphins that enter the estuary.

Raxó desde Mirador de A Granxa
 

Its beaches are surrounded by lively beach bars and terraces that offer, in addition to a good tapa, excellent views of the other shore of the estuary. It is a small fishing village that sometimes goes unnoticed among the many charms of the estuary, in it you can find the attractions of the Galician coastal towns that in other places it is difficult to appreciate. Here you will eat the best fish and seafood from the Pontevedra estuary and you will be able to relax on its beach without fear of crowds, at its top is the A Granxa viewpoint, one of the best in the area with incredible views over the estuary.

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Pet Admission

Check the admission conditions for dogs

At Hotel Gran Proa we are pet-friendly and we allow dogs to enter any of our rooms. When making your reservation, all you have to do is indicate that you need a room for pets, call us before! They are highly valued and sell out quickly!. For this reason, it is important to check directly with the hotel for room availability with a pet.

The reservation with pet has a deposit of € 100 that is returned upon departure. Check conditions and regulations in accommodation, as they are of great importance.

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Social media contest rules

Participate in the photography and video contest that we have organized at Hotel Gran Proa through our Facebook and Instagram pages!

Participants
Any person who complies with the rules of the contest may participate.

How to take part
You must send us your photograph or video through our Facebook or Instagram page, by means of a private message. Then, after reviewing them, we will publish on our social networks (Facebook and Instagram), the image or video with the most likes - adding both social networks - will win the contest. If any shipment does not conform to the rules or is of very poor quality, it may not be published.

The award
A weekend for two at Hotel Gran Proa *
* On dates outside of high season.

Contest validity period
You can participate from August 1, 2021 to September 9, 2021.

Date of publication of the winner and delivery of the prize
Once the entry period is over, we will review all contest posts and get in touch with the winner (the one with the most likes) on September 10.

The enjoyment of it will be subject to availability and acceptance so it may suffer variations with respect to the requested dates.

Specific clauses
Acceptance of the Bases.

Participation in the raffle implies the express and unreserved acceptance of the participant of the raffle rules, as well as the clauses.

Failure to comply with any of these bases by the participant will determine their immediate disqualification.

Data Protection
The data of the participants will be processed in accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999, of December 13, Protection of Personal Data (LOPD) and Royal Decree 1720/2007, of December 21, by which The Development Regulation of Organic Law 15/1999, of December 13, on the protection of personal data (RDLOPD) is approved. As well as the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (RGPD).

The indication of the personal data of the winning person will be mandatory for the management of the prize.

The contest is not linked to Facebook or Instagram
Facebook and Instagram do not sponsor, endorse, manage, or are associated in any way with this contest.

Advertising Rights
By participating in this contest, except for legal prohibition, each participant grants the organizer exclusive permission to use their names and images and videos in relation to this draw in the means and forms that the organizer deems appropriate. Likewise, you waive any right or remuneration for such use. The organizer, for its part, may use said images and videos for the establishment's advertising activities.
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Three places you have to visit in O Salnes

The visit to the O Salnés region has essentials such as the Pazo de la Saleta, the Mosteiro da Armenteira , and a hiking route along the Ruta da Pedra e da Auga .


In short, visits to three places of great charm.

The Pazo de La Saleta
A paradise for botanists. In the sixties, Robert and Margaret Grimson fell in love with Galicia and decided to buy the pazo that was in ruins and its garden in a jungle state, they hired the services of Brenda Colbin, one of the most famous landscapers of the time who designed an English garden to which he adapted plant species from the five continents. Since 1996 Blanca Coladas its owner has opened it to the public and together with her daughter Silvia they show it with all the kindness in the world. Strolling its grassy paths and enjoying it is a delight, in summer you can even enjoy a picnic in it and enjoying some of its unique species.
Arranged visits at 629 81 68 80.

Protea Pazo de la Saleta

Armenteira Monastery
Between the estuaries of Pontevedra and Arousa, the beautiful and old Cistercian Monastery of Armenteira appears, inhabited by a community of nuns of the same order. It is located in a beautiful valley fertilized by the waters.

Ruta da Pedra e da Auga.
The route follows an old path that was traditionally traveled on Easter Monday to the Monastery of Armenteira. The first part is the route of the Molinos de Barrantes of 1.5 km. With six restored mills, follow the course of the Armenteira River to reach the City Hall of Meis where we find the Serén mills. Perfectly rehabilitated space with a recreational area on the slopes of Mount Cabeza de Boi. The mills lead to the Labrega Village, a granite representation of Galician rural life, made by the Ëscola de Canteiros de Poio. The second part of the route begins here with medium difficulty and more beautiful and surprising for its landscape and nature in its purest form, ending at the Monastery of Armenteira.
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