Located at the tip of the Pontevedra estuary, Lanzada is known as the beach which attract many women who have not had kids to celebrate the cult of the waters and be fertilized by the ocean. This means you follow an ancient ritual of fertility: The eve of San Juan, the infertile couple should go to the "cradle of the holy" and have sex in this area that form stones beachside . Then, she should go to the beach next to the chapel and get wet "water of 9 waves" so that each of them reach the womb. They symbolize the 9 months of pregnancy which the Virgin granted to aspiring parents.
The village is situated on a small peninsula, connected to the mainland by an isthmus known as O Bao. The isthmus leads to the beach as well as an extensive intertidal marsh complex, Umia-O Grove, which connects it with the City of Sanxenxo. The small island of La Toja can be accessed by a bridge dating from the early twentieth century.
One of the most inviting places that I have found throughout the Spanish geography is this small town located in Galicia.
San Vicente do Mar has all the charm of any place wrapped by the sea and has all the facilities of a city. A dozen beaches and coves are spread along the road between this town and A Toxa, my favorite ones are Raeiros, la Lapa, la Barrosa, Farruco…
They are used to the human tide that arrives every summer…The town is very calm, because even though it’s flanked by popular places such as Sanxenxo and A Toda, it doesn’t receive as many visitors.
My favorite part is the possibility of eating in restaurants such as O’Farruco or Marcial and to eat seafood at a reasonable price with great quality.
The night is magical…in the Naútico you will see all kinds of people. Every day there are concerts and shows that you wouldn’t expect in such a hidden place.
If you feel like spending the perfect holiday this is a great place to do it, with thousands of activities: horse riding, karts, sailing, paintball… And there are different sleeping options: you can rent an apartment, sleep under the stars surrounded by eucalyptus and lulled by the sound of the sea.
Dear fellow travelers: come to San Vicente do Mar and see for yourselves!
Located in the town of O Grove, in the San Vicente area, this promenade is well worth a visit. It provides a lovely walk along the coast of this part of the Rias Baixa. Boards are perfectly fitted around the trees and rocks on the promenade to prevent them from damage. The ocean views, the small coves and beaches along the promenade and the abundant flora of this area of Galicia is absolutely magnificent. At the end of the walk are the beaches of Con do Corvo, Barreiro and Castiñeira. If you fancy a drink in a pub with good music after the walk, you can go to The Boat, one of the coolest places in O Grove. It is located on the beach of A Barrosa.
This bridge is markedly connected with my life. My grandfather, Paulino Cleric, who worked for Sestao Portland Cement Company, was the builder thereof. It was unofficially opened on July 28, 1910, by a passing motorcade carrying a group of British journalists, who were invited to the Hotel Balneario to promote it (El Faro de Vigo 30-July-1910).
I discovered this small beach a few years ago. It is a small nudist beach in the locality of O Grove. It’s a bit difficult to access, especially in the winter, since it is through a non paved road.
Once you are there you will find a really small beach, but with a special charm. Even though it is a nudist beach, some people wear swim suits and it is fine.
The sand is fine and white and the water is very calm. It doesn’t have many facilities; it barely has trashcans and a sort of parking lot.
The downside is that it is quite windy and some days it is impossible to enjoy.
It is not a family beach, it is better to go alone or as a couple. It is worth visiting since the place is beautiful. It is not a busy beach so you can enjoy peace and tranquility and intimacy.
My second home is La Toja island, in the Rias Baixas of Galicia. My family has enjoyed it here since it was just a forest, it's now much more crowded but is still a very special place. We practice all kinds of water sports, biking and paddle tennis. The small Siradella hill on the O Grove peninsula has wonderful views of all the Ria de Arosa. Also Lanzada beach and the Atlantic Ocean with Ons and Cies Islands are front of you. The path to get there is great for cycling. The food is spectacular with seafood and fresh fish from the fish market in O Grove - it is unique.
Being situated on a peninsula, the seaside village of O Grove is more difficult to access by way of public transport than any other area of the Ria de Arosa. The village can only be accessed by the isthmus or by boat. The train does not go to the village and it is therefore only accessible by bus or car. The bus station is very centrally located between the waterfront and the port, just a few meters from the Town Hall and the village's famous seafood restaurants. Buses arrive from Santiago O Grove, Pontevedra and Vigo Villagarcía. The bus schedules can be checked online. Remember that bus schedules change in summer. Another option is to go by train to Villagarcia de Arosa and catch the bus from there.
I visited this place at Easter and it was just beautiful. It was easy to reach and it is very accessible. Although the day was dreary with wind and rain, the views were wonderful. It was well worth it to see the wonders that unfolded beneath me.
If you visit the great Galician municipality O'Grove I highly recommend you do not waste the opportunity and do not miss any of the tours offered from the port of O'Grove. Of the tours I've been able to take, the best memories are of the tour of the Arosa estuary, it visits all the trays of shellfish grown in the area such as mussels, oysters and scallops, and even brings out a seafood batter to be viewed. At the end of the tour we were given a free tasting of steamed mussels made at the time. It usually lasts one hour and a half, plus the boat has an area where you can see the seabed.
The launching of a ship is always a ceremony worth seeing for its emotion and tradition. Galicia is one of the global powers of shipbuilding, that are thrown away by many a year. The ceremonies I like are for small boats, almost handmade that normally get tossed in small fishing villages. These pictures are of a christening in a village called Rias Baixas O Grove. Normally these towns have the old tradition of breaking a bottle Albariño white wine against the boat. Often the ceremony also has a small band of bagpipes and the ship is dragged to the dock by a horse - it is believed that these ceremonies are a pagan tradition. It seems that people once believed that the sea gods demanded the sacrifice of something precious to protect voyages. The custom of wine amphoras crashing upon launch the boat is attributed to the Greeks, in honor of Poseidon and the Romans continued the custom. Traditionally champagne is what is used for boat launches because it is usually more expensive and the sacrifice should be something valuable. Among sailors there is a tradition that a navigational artifact must be baptized with some ceremony to the sea to reduce the toll in human lives.