Galicia is a less trodden part of Spain with ancient cities that go back to the days of the Romans and Celts. The inland countryside is a delight, from the villages and hamlets scattered along winding country lanes, rolling fields of grazing cows and green forests with deer, wild boar and foxes; to ancient stone churches and monasteries.
Staying with us means you can enjoy what Casa da Cabaza has to offer. Unwind and relax in our gardens, spend time reading or writing, go for walks around the lake or more energetic forest hikes directly from our gate (walks vary between 4 to 15 kilometers). In the hamlets around us it seems time stood still and it is a wonderful experience to glimpse into the life of the local farmers. The lake is good for open water swimming and warmer than the Atlantic. There is also a kayak and two bicycles for rent to explore the lake and the surrounding area.
Other activities in the area include horse trekking, mountain biking, golfing, visiting local museums and more.
Below are five suggestions for day trips:
1. The Ribeira Sacra wine region is a spectacular area to explore with the terraced vineyards that cling to the steep riverbanks of the rivers Miño and Sil. The area offers waterfalls, river beaches, good food and wine and old monasteries. You can explore by car or on foot.
2. Casa da Cabaza is perfectly located to explore the Courel mountains (wonderful hiking and gorgeous views) as well as the As Ancares bioreserve (home to the brown bear and the wolf). Late summer birdwatching here is wonderful!
3. Lugo is an old Celtic city and the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman Walls. The old town is bustling in summer with restaurants and bars and is a lovely place for Sunday people watching. The cathedral and the provincial museum are worth a visit too.
4. Ourense is a medieval city with a pedestrianised centre with small cobblestone streets. Its thermal springs right on the banks of the river Miño are a delight on colder days. Soaking in these baths is pure bliss and entry is free.
5. The famous Camino de Santiago runs just 20 minutes north from our bed and breakfast and you could walk a day (or two or more) of this famous pilgrim's path.
...... and if you're looking for more... the Atlantic coastline of Galicia is spectacular too with Playa de Las Cathedrales and the Costa da Morte.
Things to do
Taste wine at one of the many family run bodegas of the Ribeira Sacra
Get lost on countryroads and discover small hamlets where time stood still
Eat pulpo with the locals at one of the village markets
Discover local artisan products such as the black pottery of Gundivos
See the life in the working monastries of Galicia
Discover Celtic and Roman Galicia's archeological sites
Walk a section of the Camino de Santiago