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Country house hotel by coast and fishing port, Galicia

Camarinas | Ref: HCOT1 | Bedrooms: 7

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In a lovely, quiet and restful country spot, surrounded by woods and maize fields, an easy walk from the little, working fishing port of Camarinas, famous for its bobbin lace making,
this delightful, small, family run hotel provides a perfect base for exploring the Costa Da Morte with all its seafaring history.

Comprised of three, attractively restored, granite stone buildings, centred around a courtyard and in a beautifully kept garden with terrace for sitting and eating out, the main house dates back 300 years. At one time these were a hamlet in their own right and the pilgrims' route ran directly through it.

Decorated and furnished in comfortable, country style, maintaining many original features, with interesting pictures and objects d'art, its solid granite walls, beamed ceilings, rustic tiled and wood floors, create a cosy, homely and relaxing feeling.

The friendly and attentive owners, Alberto and his family, will give you a warm welcome, make sure your stay is a memorable one and give you useful advice on all the local attractions in the area.

Accommodation Description

There are seven twin/double ensuite (some have baths/some have showers) rooms in all, distributed between three separate buildings surrounding the courtyard. One is adapted for the disabled. T.V. in all rooms.

In the main building there are two superior bedrooms, one on the first floor (double) and one on the attic floor (twin).
These rooms have a comfortable sitting area with sofa beds.

In the second building there are four bedrooms with separate entrances for the ground and first floors. On the ground floor there is one twin and one double. On the first floor there are two interconnected rooms - one double and one twin.

In the third building, there is one double bed and a sitting area with a sofa bed. This room has been adapted for the disabled.

Facilities

In the main building, reception area and sitting room with the original Galician fireplace "lareira", dining/breakfast room, cloakroom and gallery with seating and access to the garden and terrace.

In a separate building in the courtyard there is a lovely, relaxing sitting room/library with T.V, board games, and music centre.

Beautifully kept large garden with a terrace for sitting out, two horreos (traditional grain stores) and a little stream running through.

There is WIFI connection throughout the hotel and a laundry service and tea making facilities in the bedrooms.

Private car park beside the hotel.

The owners let out bicycles and kayaks and can also organise lace-making classes and sailing courses (through the town hall) in the summer months.

Restaurant

Restaurant on the ground floor in the main building. Not open to the public.

Breakfast (from 9.00 am, but should you want it earlier, please arrange this with the owner) is served here - cereals, fruit, homemade cakes and pastries, fresh bread, toast, butter and jams, tea and coffee and other infusions and eggs should you want them.

For evening meals, please order in advance.

Camarinas (1.8 kms - an easy walk), has a fair choice of bars and restaurants - Restaurant Puerto Arnela and Restaurant La Marina particularly recommended.





Bedrooms:7
Beach: 2km
Nearest Shop: Camarinas 2km
Bars/Restaurants: Camarinas 2km
Nearest Airport: Santiago (92km)
Nearest Ferryport: Santander (536km)

Camarinas

Camarinas, in the beautiful Ria of the same name, is a small but lively working fishing port with a marina, in the heart of La Costa Da Muerte, lying south west of A Coruna and just fifty kilometres to Santiago de Compostela.

Taking its name from a native tree "caramina", which can be found nearby at Playa del Trece, the largest nature reserve in Galicia, not only is it a place to feast on fish and seafood (good choice of restaurants and bars), but it is also internationally famous for its lace making.

In its streets you can still hear the unique sound of the clacking of the the bobbins and at Easter the town hosts the "International Camarinas Bobbin Lace Fair". There is also a bobbin lace making museum and little shops selling the handmade product.

For outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, there are some wonderful walks in the immediate area - one along the rugged coastline to Cabo Vilan with the oldest working electrical lighthouse in Europe and Boi Point, the scene of more than twenty shipwrecks, including one of a British vessel "The Serpent" in 1890. The victims were buried at what is now known as the English Graveyard there.

There are some lovely sandy beaches in the area too, including the totally unspoilt Playa del Trece and Playa de Riera, down the side of Monte Branco, the highest sand dune in Spain!

And for culture vultures, there are castros and dolmens, the ruins of the "Sovereigns Castle" where the struggle against the French occupation took place. You can also find the fine pazos of Mouzo and Paxarina, the sanctuary at Muxia and the "German Museum" in Camelle, the artist, now considered to be a leading exponent of "Land Art".

Local Activities

  • Beautiful beaches all along the coast - Playa del Trece, Playa Reira, Playa Arina, Playa de Arou, Playa de Traba, Playas de Leis and O Lago, Nemina.
  • Gentle walking and cycling locally.
  • Kayaking on the Ria de Camarinas.
  • Sailing courses, organised by the Town Hall, in Camarinas in the summer months.
  • Learn about "Man" at the German Museum in Camelle, the village's adopted son - see his "folly" on the rocks in the port.
  • Walk, cycle or drive to the lighthouse at Cabo Vilan - the oldest, electrically run lighthouse in Spain! Visit the English Cemetery just north of there.
  • Day trips to A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela, a must.
  • Don't miss the "pottery" village of Buno - a great place for presents to take home.
  • Visit the castle at Vimianzo, now restored to house paintings, photos and crafts.
  • Explore the fishing ports of Muxia, Laxe, Corme and Malpica.
  • Go to the "end of the world" at Cape Finisterre.
  • Enjoy the local gastronomy - excellent, reasonably priced fish and seafood in the local bars and restaurants.
  • Celebrate with the locals. Fiestas crowd the calendar!

Holiday Ideas near Camarinas

Easter surf
Easter surf
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela
Rapa das Bestas
Rapa das Bestas
Ortigueira Folk Festival
Ortigueira Folk Festival
Lace-making in Camariñas
Lace-making in Camariñas
Sargadelos pottery
Sargadelos pottery
San Andrés de Teixido
San Andrés de Teixido
Buño's ancient potteries.
Buño's ancient potteries.
Viveiro
Viveiro
Playa de Los Catedrales
Playa de Los Catedrales
Great seafood of Galicia
Great seafood of Galicia
Carnota & Finisterre beaches
Carnota & Finisterre beaches
Finisterre, the end of the world
Finisterre, the end of the world
A Coruña
A Coruña
The Galician Rias
The Galician Rias
Lugo
Lugo

Getting There

The Costa de la Muerte is a relatively remote corner but is well served by air:

Flights:
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.

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

Good motorway links now make ferry travel a real possibility (La Coruña is just 4hours 30mins from Santander)

Ferries: Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao – 7 sailings weekly. Ireland to North Spain - 2 sailings a week.
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.