Vilanova de Arousa
Vilanova de Arousa is a coastal municipality located in the western part of the Salnés area, in northwest Spain, in the middle of the Rías Baixas region. This municipality in the province of Pontevedra is nationally and internationally renowned as one of Galicia’s main mussel-producing areas and the birthplace of Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, one of the most outstanding Spanish authors in the 20th century.
Vilanova is located halfway between Galicia’s two main airports. About 60 kilometres to the south is the airport of Vigo (Peinador), and 70 kilometres to the north is that of Santiago de Compostela (Rosalía de Castro – Lavacolla).
The closest train station to Vilanova de Arousa is that of Vilagarcía, which is just 15 minutes from our destination.
The main approach roads to Vilanova de Arousa are the PO-548 national road, which links the municipalities of Catoira, Valga and Pontecesures; and the AP-9 motorway, which links A Coruña and Vigo, crossing Galicia from north to south. In this case, you have to take the exit in Caldas de Reis and from there continue along the national road.
Catoira: 26 minutes
Valga: 30 minutes
Pontecesures: 33 minutes
Catoira is a municipality located in the province of Pontevedra, in northwest Spain (Galicia). Erected on the banks of the Ulla River, very close to where it flows into Ría de Arousa, its history has always been linked to that of its towers, a fort designed to protect Santiago de Compostela’s treasures during the Middle Ages.
The airport closest to Catoira is that of Santiago de Compostela (Rosalía de Castro – Lavacolla), located just over half an hour from the municipality (52 kilometres) via the AP-9 motorway.
The municipality of Catoira has its own train station, where trains regularly stop on the Vigo – Pontevedra – Vilagarcía de Arousa – Santiago de Compostela – A Coruña line, in both directions. There is no ticket office in the station, but you can get one from the inspector on board the train.
Catoira is easy to reach by car. You can do so via the AP-9 motorway, taking the exit in Padrón, which links directly with the AG¬-11 (Barbanza) dual carriageway, in which the municipality has its own exit. You can also come via the N-550 national road, which links with the municipalities of Pontecesures and Valga.
Vilanova de Arousa: 26 minutes
Valga: 12 minutes
Pontecesures: 15 minutes
Valga is a Galician municipality located in the province of Pontevedra, on the banks of the Ulla River. This municipality is famous for its eels, a food product par excellence, and for making local eau-de-view, considered among the best in Galicia. It is also the birthplace of La Bella Otero, one of the most famous singers and actresses of France’s Belle Époque.
The closest airport to Valga is that of Santiago de Compostela (Rosalía de Castro – Lavacolla), located about 25 minutes (40 kilometres) from the municipality via the AP-9 motorway, with exits in Padrón or Carracedo.
Although Valga does not have its own train or bus station, Pontecesures’ train stop is very nearby, just 5 minutes from the town centre.
In addition to the N-550 national road, which links Valga with the Mar de Santiago route’s other municipalities, you can also reach this locality via the AP-9 motorway and the AG-11 (Barbanza) dual carriageway, both of which have exits in Padrón, which is less than 10 minutes by car.
Vilanova de Arousa: 30 minutes
Catoira: 12 minutes
Pontecesures: 5 minutes
Pontecesures is a small municipality located on the banks of the Ulla River in the province of Pontevedra, right on the border with A Coruña, to which it is linked by the bridge after which it is called. The locality is famous throughout Galicia as being one of the emblematic places for catching lamprey, the ancient fish of the Ulla River that has been caught for generations using traditional methods.
The closest airport to Pontecesures is that of Santiago de Compostela (Rosalía de Castro – Lavacolla), located about 20 minutes (38 kilometres) from the municipality via the AP-9 motorway, or 40 minutes by road, along the N-550.
Pontecesures has its own train station, where trains regularly stop on the A Coruña – Vigo line in both directions, with connections to important Galician cities such as Pontevedra, Vilagarcía de Arousa or Santiago de Compostela.
The easiest way to reach Pontecesures by car is taking the N-550 national road, which links the municipality with the municipal districts of Catoira, in the south, and Padrón in the north. You can also get here by means of the AP-9 motorway or AG-11 (Barbanza) dual carriageway, both of which have exits in Padrón, which is less than 3 minutes from Pontecesures by car.
Vilanova de Arousa: 33 minutes
Catoira: 15 minutes
Valga: 5 minutes