Galicia offers plenty of inland lakes, rivers and thermal springs to some of the country's most beautiful beaches. It is a less trodden part of Spain with ancient cities that go back to the days of the Romans. The inland countryside is a delight, from the villages and hamlets scattered along endlessly winding country lanes, rolling fields of grazing cows and green forests with deer, wild boar and foxes; to ancient stone churches, monasteries and even older ruins that remind us of the long history of this strikingly beautiful place.
Lugo, the capital of the province and only a short drive away, is famous for its intact Roman walls that one can walk on, circling the old town. Ourense, a medieval city to the south, offers relaxing thermal springs on the banks of the river Miño. Samos and Sarria, two towns within easy reach, are on the Camino de Santiago (St. James' Way) which ends at the world-renowned Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the final destination of the pilgrim walkers.
We are close to the Ribeira Sacra, an ancient wine-making region. The vine terraces, originally built by the Romans, cling to the steep banks of two magnificent rivers, the Sil and Miño that slowly wind their ways through deep gorges. The specific location of these vineyards plays an important role in creating microclimates which give the grapes their unique characteristics. The steep terraces demand that grape harvesting is done in the traditional manner, manually, with neither machines nor animals to ease the burden. (Article on the Ribeira Sacra)
Other activities in the area include swimming and bathing on sandy river beaches, horse trekking, walking the numerous forest trails, mountain biking, golfing and more.
You can also enjoy what Casa da Cabaza has to offer. You can unwind and relax in our tranquil gardens, spend the time reading or writing, go for walks around the lake or more energetic forest hikes directly from our gate.
For eating and drinking out, nearby villages provide a few cafe-bars and restaurants, while there is a much wider selection in the towns Monforte de Lemos and Sarria. A bit further on and the cities of Lugo and Ourense will satisfy most tastes with a broad selection of places to wine and dine.
There is also the option of visiting some of the bodegas in the Ribeira Sacra region where they offer good lunches with excellent wines.