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Mar de Santiago

What to see and do in Vilanova

The Mar de Santiago maritime station marks the beginning of our own Original Camino. The boats depart from here and sail along the sea-river route as far as Pontecesures.

It is linked to the Port of Vilanova de Arousa via a comfortable footbridge, which makes is easy to reach the beach on foot or by bike.

The square called Praza do Castro, very close to the Mar de Santiago’s port, features the Monument to Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, one of the key authors of 20th-century literature and a most illustrious resident of the fishing town of Vilanova de Arousa.

Also known as “Casa do Cuadrante”. The writer was born in this house on October 28, 1866, and spent his first years of life here.

The ground floor also services as a tourist information office.

The Camba brothers stood out in the world of literature and journalism. Their house features first editions of their works, pamphlets, newspapers, manuscripts and photographs, as well as some of their personal belongings.

There, apart from enjoying a nice swim, it is possible to contemplate a fantastic view of the entire Ría de Arousa and this fishing town’s mussel-producing platforms.

An important part of the municipality’s economy is still linked to fishing and especially to shellfish, above all the cultivation of mussels, which involves hundreds of platforms that can be seen all along the coast.

 An exterior stairway leads to the top, from where we can see the Ría de Arousa and part of the O Salnés region.

Located on a small, wooded hillock, at about 290 metres above sea level, it is a popular spot with trekkers.

The tower is all that remains of the former Benedictine Monastery of San Cibrao de Cálogo, founded by St. Fructuosus in the 7th c. The monastery was destroyed by Norman attacks in the 9th and 10th centuries.

Starting in 1994, during the first weekend in August, Vilanova’s residents as well as thousands of visitors and tourists gather to enjoy two star products, mussels and cockles, which are served in numerous ways and dishes.

This event has been declared a Galician Tourist Festival.


Vilanova de Arousa

Luces de Bohemia, s/n • 36620 • Vilanova de Arousa (Pontevedra)