Perhaps one of the main benefits of our location is that it enables you to explore Spain and Portugal. Both countries offer some fantastic countryside and scenery.

We are pretty much off the beaten track, which is part of the charm. Local towns and villages have that "untouched by time" feeling, perfect for strolling around and slipping into a slower pace of life


Arbo (2km) - local services and twice weekly market.

Ribadavia (35km) - Old Jewish town with an impressive annual Festa da Istoria (History festival)

Mondariz (35km) - Pretty spa town with river beach

Vigo (50 km) - Bustling port city, good for shopping and beaches (airport)

Santiago de Compostela (125 km) – Vibrant medieval pilgrim city, (airport)


Melgaco (5km) - Pretty market town, wine-tasting centre

National Park of Peneda Geres (20km) - Wild mountains, great for walking or driving

Valenca do Minho - Beautiful fort town overlooking the river, large weekly market

Porto (125km) - Charming old Portuguese city (airport)


River beach (2km) - Great place for walking, having a picnic or swimming by the Roman Bridge and Stone Mill.

Rafting/Canoeing (4km) - Fun on the river Mino!

Horse Riding (15km) - A Caniza

Golf (30km) - Mondariz

Spas / Thermal baths (4km Portugal/35km Spain)

Walking – from the house and local marked routes

We can give you information on lots more local beauty spots, walks and places of interest. As for fiestas, the list is endless and nearly all seem to be celebrating food and/or drink!

Talking of which, Galicia is best known for its variety and abundance of fish and seafood. Sample Pulpo a la Gallega (octopus prepared Galician style) in local tapas bars or in popular coastal resorts such as Baiona. In the nearby town of A Caniza, you’ll find an impressive array of delicious jamones (cured hams) whilst Arbo itself is famous for Lamprey, fished in the river Mino, and dedicates its annual fiesta to this local delicacy! Even closer to home, take your pick from a variety of organic produce from the garden!

Wash it all down with a glass or two of Albarino, Galicia’s finest white. For the true wine enthusiasts, the local vineyards on the Ruta del Vino Rias Baixas offer tours and sampling.