11/06/2021 – 15:28
Galicia has the sambenito hanging that it always rains or is cold. However, it has nothing to do with reality (removing the city of Santiago), especially, if you look south, to the Rías Baixas. A sunny natural setting, well known by the locals and which still contains little-known jewels (except for Amacio Ortega) such as the Aldán estuary.
The Rías Baixas is a Galician area comprised of the Arousa, Pontevedra and Vigo estuaries; which offers a mild climate and a summer that lasts until the beginning of October. Within this coastline you can find small coves, peninsulas such as O Grove or paradisiacal islands very close to the coast. Or even an estuary within an estuary. It is Aldán, a small bay that is located in the southern part of the Pontevedra estuary.
Aldán is like a kind of miniature estuary but stands out for the large number of coves and beaches it has. You can find a score of small sandbanks separated by stones and many of them, hidden and unknown to the general public. Some of the most famous are Castiñeiras, Couso, Alada, Bon, Menduíña, Areabrava and Vilariño. In addition, they are famous for their fine sand, little waves and even for its less cold waters.
An unconditional fan of this area of Galicia is Amancio Ortega. The founder of Inditex has a special predilection for Arneles beach. In fact, this weekend his yacht, the ‘Valoria B’, was seen anchored by the estuary. The local press assures that the billionaire was inside accompanied by his wife and family.
Hiking in the Aldán estuary
The Aldán estuary is not only a sun and beach or gastronomic destination, but it is also perfect for hiking. Thus, it is appropriate to take a walk to see Cabo Udra and Punta do Couso, the extremes that delimit this area of the coast. The first offers a 13-kilometer circular route in a protected natural area. Meanwhile, the second is an opportunity to observe the ocean and, through the ‘Camiño Vello de Couso’, reach the surrounding beaches and the lighthouse.
Another must-see is the Aldán whitewashed forest, a very photogenic place where you can stroll among nature and the remains of the Condes de Canalejas castle, which was never finished.