Galicia

We love discovering places and what better way to discover Galicia than together with a Galician woman of good taste: Andrea Ojea, of Teo & Olivia.

We’ve known Andrea for a while now and we’re very fond of her, Andrea always has a good vibe. That’s why we’re very excited today for her to reveal her favourite spots of her homeland, Galicia.

A city

Coruña, without doubt, is my favourite city for shopping. It’s a very urban city which combines architecture, beach and leisure. I love getting lost in its streets, wandering along La Marina and Orzán beach and visiting the shops in the Plaza de Lugo, where indi & cold is.

To refuel I recommend brunch or a snack break in Pandelino and enjoy the views of the Tower of Hercules.

My favourite place

My personal paradise is in As Rías Baixes and is called San Vicente do Mar. This corner of the O Grove peninsula is our family’s haven, where I spent my best summers and where my children now enjoy time with their grandparents and cousins on holiday.

I like everything in San Vicente. It’s small coves with crystal clear water, the views of Ons Island from the wooden boardwalk and sunsets listening to live concerts at El Náutico de Miguel de la Cierva.

For dining in O Grove I have to recommend Culler de Pau, a Michelin starred restaurant inside a minimalist building with the best sunsets over Ría de Arousa. Javi Olleros is the soul of Culler de Pau and he picks the freshest local produce every day in the square to prepare delicious dishes with soul.

La Toja island is a classic spot in the area, ideal for walks and discovering its Gran Hotel, an emblematic building in a unique location, or finding treasure at the artisanal ‘colareiras’ stall which are all over the island.

Wild beaches

To enjoy the wildest beaches it’s best to travel up to Rías Altas, Carnota beach, the Corrubedo sand dunes, As Furnas beach in Porto do Son or Mar de Fóra beach in Finisterre are kilometre-long sandy beaches ideal for enjoying the strength of the Atlantic ocean. Las cabañitas del bosque is a perfect place to stay and get to know the area.

Nature

The Atlantic Islands are the jewels of our coastline, discovering the sands of Cíes, Ons and Sálvora is a unique experience, and in addition in Ons there is a glampcamp for staying overnight on the island which is worthwhile.

If you are looking to enjoy nature in its purest form you can’t skip out on the Fragas do Eume natural park, one the most well conserved atlantic forests in Europe. Another of my favourite areas to escape to is Ribeira Sacra and Sil Canyon, inland from Ourense; autumn is the ideal time to organise a road and boat trip to enjoy the riverside’s landscapes and colourful foliage.