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A Cova, Galicia

Saians | Ref: GVIG2 | Bedrooms: 2 | Sleeps: 5

Stylish comfort right next to the sea, in a fascinating corner of Galicia.

Over forty years ago the delightful, warm and welcoming owners of this charming, atmospheric, detached cottage chose to live in this magnificently dramatic and beautiful spot on the spectacular rugged coastline running south from the fascinating city and port of Vigo, where the writer, Laurie Lee, landed to start his amazing travels through Spain.

Too wonderful not to share, they decided to offer this property and three others which are set in their lovingly landscaped and nurtured gardens, right on the coast, looking out to the magical Islas Cies, to those wanting a complete break from the stress and worries of modern times. Just the sunsets alone - never one the same, and the benign micro-climate of the Rias Baixas in Galicia, will take your troubles away.

A Cova, literally built into the rocks, just above the sea, is a very comfortable and cosy detached cottage with a long paved, private, enclosed terrace at the front, with magnificent views directly onto the sea and the magical Islas Cies. Attractively furnished and decorated with interesting paintings and a library (mainly Spanish books),
you will feel very much at home here. Very well equipped, the owners have thought of all your needs.

The properties and 3000m2 of enclosed, shared grounds are in a small, pretty, residential area, facing the coast. The little, local beach and restaurant area very short walk and the nearest shop and another beach a tiny bit further.

Not far away is La Playa de Patos, great for surfing, Monte Ferro, good for walking, and just beyond the laid back (but lively in summer) resort of Panxón, with a lovely horseshoe bay with typical bars and restaurants, serving seafood delights. The city of Vigo is a fifteen minute drive and Santiago de Compostela an hour away.

N.B. The owners have several pets. They will accept pets.
N.B.2 The owners prefer two-week bookings in the summer

Accommodation Description

Down steps at the side of the cottage from the enclosed, shared garden/grounds to long, enclosed terrace with garden table and chairs. Other access through gate from garden down a path to the terrace.

Front door off terrace into open plan living room and kitchen with glass front and sea views. Off this utility room.

Into passage and from passage one double bedroom and glass front and door onto terrace, one bedroom with one single bed and bunk bed and bathroom(shower only).

Bedroom Details:1 dbl; 1single and bunk bed.
Bathrooms:1; (1 bathroom)
Beach: 0km
Nearest Shop: 100 metres
Bars/Restaurants: 100 metres
Nearest Airport: Vigo (27km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (609km)

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Booking Seasons
Peak August £1630
High July, Easter & local holidays £1100
Mid 1 Mar - 30 Jun; 1 Sept - 31 Oct £890
Low Rest of Year £740
This property has the following options
(NB 'short breaks' and 'small party' offers not available in high season)

Self Catering Holiday (min 7 nights)
Short break (4 to 6 nights)

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From the rugged coastline just south of Vigo the pretty seaside village of Saians, ever popular with Madrileños in the know, looks out to the Atlantic and the Islas Cies nature park.

Saians itself has two small beaches and within a short drive you can get to Playa de Patos and Playa de las Americas. There is good walking just inland and within twenty minutes you can be in the thriving port of Vigo or historic Baiona, the first town to hear news of Columbus' discovery of America when the Pinta arrived there in 1493.

The village has a supermarket and a restaurant and a bar/restaurant above the beach, but for more amenities, the seaside town of Panxon is just three kilometres.

Here you are well placed to make forays into the north of Portugal and Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra and Tui are all within striking distance.

Local Activities

  • Countless lovely beaches both in Spain and Portugal nearest is a five minute walk.
  • Surfing.
  • Sailing.
  • Take a boat trip from Vigo to the magical Islas Cies.
  • Good walking including the Parque Natural de Monte Aloia with five signposted walks and cycle route from Nigran to Baiona along the coast.
  • Wine tasting route - sample the delicious Albariño wine grown in this region.
  • Gastronomy - abundant fish and seafood of the region. Wonderful choice of restaurants at A Guarda, Baiona and nearby Panxon. Fantastic oysters at the nearby town of Arcade.
  • Variety of gastronomic fiestas throughout the summer.
  • Visit the Celtic site of Monte Tecla and museum above A Guarda.
  • Golf - there are four challenging courses within an hour's drive.
  • Numerous towns and cities to visit both in Spain and Portugal.
  • Markets at Valença and Tui.

Holiday Ideas near Saians

Islas Cies and Ons
Islas Cies and Ons
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Albariño, Spain's best white
Albariño, Spain's best white
Great seafood of Galicia
Great seafood of Galicia
Carnota & Finisterre beaches
Carnota & Finisterre beaches
The Galician Rias
The Galician Rias
Shellfish from the Rias Bajas
Shellfish from the Rias Bajas
Catamaran down the Rio Sil.
Catamaran down the Rio Sil.
Ribeiro wines from Galicia
Ribeiro wines from Galicia
Beaches of NW Portugal
Beaches of NW Portugal
Portuguese gastro style
Portuguese gastro style
Ponte de Lima
Ponte de Lima
Villages of northern Portugal
Villages of northern Portugal
Vindimia - the grape harvest
Vindimia - the grape harvest

Getting There

The Rias Bajas region in the south of Galicia is well served by air:

From Heathrow to A Coruña with Vueling (BA);
From Gatwick to Santiago with Easyjet;
From Stansted to Vigo or Santiago with Ryanair;
From Dublin to Vigo with Ryanair or Santiago with Aer Lingus.

For the more southerly properties flights to Porto in Portugal may also be a good option:
From Heathrow with BA;
From Gatwick with Easyjet or TAP;
From Stansted with Ryanair;
From Luton with Easyjet;
From Manchester with TAP, Easyjet or Ryanair;
From Bristol with Easyjet;
From Edinburgh with Ryanair;
From Dublin with TAP and Ryanair.

NB Flights are not included but we can advise on routes and timetables

Good motorway links now make ferry travel a possibility though you may need to consider stop-overs depending on sailing times (see our selection of hotels)
(Vigo is 5 hours 30 mins from Santander)

Ferries: Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao – 7 sailings weekly.
We can include the ferry crossings as part of the package

Getting Around

If travelling by air we recommend renting a hire car to make the most out of your visit to the area. If you prefer to use public transport please consult our expert staff for advice on which properties are more suitable.

If coming on the ferry you will use your own vehicle - we recommend that you ensure that insurance and breakdown cover are in place. For full advice on how to prepare the vehicle etc see the Brittany Ferries website

In either case we will provide full instructions to arrive at your holiday accommodation, complete with GPS co-ordinates.

Reviews of this property

Read our clients' independent reviews

"The view from the terrace was mesmerizing - just as described. The accommodation was perfect and the owner very friendly and helpful", (Client 2015)