A Visit to Galicia & Asturias, June 2015

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We set out on June 17th from Moraira and drove for 10 hours to Caldas de Reis, just north of Pontevedra in Galicia.

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Stayed 3 nights at the splendid Torre del Rey: superb gardens and surroundings, Lucy doing 10 people's work. Boyzz happy with the food and the views
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The pimientos de Padron and the juicy prawns were David's staple diet there - breakfasts were also outstanding
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A short walk away was a reconstructed, 1700s, Roman bridge with the original road . Drove around 3 penisulas from Tui to A Guarda, up to Baiona, then
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along a wild coast to Cangas, seeing loads of horreos- grain stores- & finding a lovely coastal hamlet at Santa Maria de Real, Ola. All called the Rias Bajas.

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The next day we started at Padron, past Ribeira, the Mirador de la Curota & wild horses, then along a so called wild coast to Muros


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testing the waters- cold- homeward bound. Then onto Asturias via the Rias Altas, tapas at


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Cedeira.Visited San Andres de Teixido nearby. Stopped in Ribadeo -a nonexistent coffee-, but a good view across to Castropol


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Casona dela Paca, el Pito, Cudillero. Lovely room, superb staff but no dinner & a paucity of options in the vicinity. Other


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Casas de Indias in the village. One day along to Tazones- delightful- enroute to Colombres, the home of the


Museo de la emigracion - Archivo de Indianos

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and a town bursting with fine examples of the houses they built on their return

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Inside the museum,Quinta Guadeloupe, we learnt about the life of the emigres in their 3 principal destinations: Cuba,Mexico &
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Buenos Aries.The boyzz found a Bugatti to their taste. Also visited Quinta Villenueva, a sister hotel nearby, but all was closed!


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Then a scenic route to Covadonga, the site of a decisive battle in 713. A superb church- almost cathedral. Had some tapas before continuing to Los Lagos
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Very difficult road but worth the trouble- and the boyzz saw snow! More wondrous scenery on the way back - Mirador del Fito, 360 degree views
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The next day we went westwards. Stopped at Cabo Vidio & then tried to get down to Playa del Silencio!. Had a coffee and walk at Tapia de Casariego
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before returning to Puerto de Vega & then Luarca for lunch- unable to find the recommended restaurants, but ate cheaply!, & rice starter was excellent


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Thought we would have tapas for supper in Cudillero, but all very sad and weathered, so snacked on our balcony/

A long drive back to Moraira the following day