This would be the second to the last post of my Galician travel adventures. I can´t believe that I´ve seen quite a lot of things in just five days of stay in there! We´ve seen almost all of the principal cities of the Galician region and so this time, the hubz booked a bus tour in the tourism office of Santiago de Compostela to see the other parts of the region. First stop was Cambados, also famous for it´s Albariño wine, Galicia´s most famous white wine. Interesting to see was the ¨horreo¨, mounted rectangular structures where grains and other types of cereal were stored in the old times until they are ground. These can be seen in any town in Galicia.
Vineyards in this region are also supported with sticks made of cement which can stand tall to protect the grape vines from the high humidity of the soil, quite different from the dry La Rioja Region where I live near.
Second stop was at La Toja, a famous hot spring island with spas and hotels. I took a snap of this cute hermitage( Ermita de San Sebastian) whose outside walls were made of scallops, yep, you read that right, scallop shells! ;)
Later, we took a boat for a tour at the Ría de Arosa( Ría de Arousa), the largest saline estuary in Galicia region where most of the scallops, oysters, mussels and other seafoods are grown/ cultured.
This is a long river and everywhere you see structures like this were seafood is cultivated:
One of our guides showing as the scallops:
Inside the boat we´re treated to a huge mussel feast with a bottle of white wine, delicious! This is like tiuring around the canals of Venice but with mussels and a complimentary wine to go. Much better, no? ;)
After that exciting boat trip and happy tummies, we stopped by the touristy town of Combarro where we had a late lunch: a piece of empananda gallega or Galician pie( stuffed with cod fish and prunes) and some drinks because we´re already full. FYI, each one of us we´re given two huge rectangular containers filled with freshly steamed mussels and that´s a lot!
Last stop was Ourense with one of it´s beautiful churches, La Peregrina:
and then we went back to Santiago de Compostela, tired but very satisfied with our trip. The guide also speaks English, so for English speakers, there wouldn´t be any problem with the tour because she explains it in English too. :) Anyway, I´m leaving you a close-up photo of the wall of the hermitage in La Toja, so unique, no? ;)
|top- Zara, shorts- Bershka, sandals- Aldo, tote bag- Tous|
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