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Self catering holidays in Galicia - 2019 prices and availability at Granero del Burro

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If you are looking for a self catering holiday in Galicia, Northern Spain, then why not spend it at Granero del Burro. The property is a restored Galician barn with 2 en suite bedrooms, sleeping a maximum of 4 persons. Outside there is an original bread oven that you can use for eating 'al fresco' or having a drink. The views from the barn are interesting and there is a general peace and quiet in the valley that allows you to relax totally. Combine this with its proximity to Ribadeo and the Galician and Asturian coast and you have the perfect base for an interesting holiday.

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Pricing and availability is now available for 2019. Granero del Burro opens on 13th April and closes on 1st November. It is worth visiting at any time of year. In April there is Easter and the Cheese Fair in Taramundi. In May there is Tapas week in Ribadeo (which is now 10 days) with over 50 bars and restaurants participating. In June there are the flower carpets in Castropol and the huge agricultural fair in Vegadeo. In July there is the Indianos fiesta in Ribadeo as well as many other local fiestas. In August there is the Trabada fiesta (our local fiesta over 3 days) and normally the best beach weather. In September it is quieter and you can do everything you can do in Summer but on your own. In October there is the big San Lucas fiesta in Mondoñedo and lots of events around the picking of the Chestnuts. Add to this the wonderful gastronomy. walking, birdwatching, history and city visits that you can experience during any month and you have a great base from which to explore Galicia and Asturias.

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If you are travelling by air, then there are Ryanair flights from Stansted to Santiago de Compostela (1 hour 45 minutes away). Other airports are Asturias (1 hour 10 minutes), Santander (3 hours) or Bilbao (4 hours). The A8 motorway is now complete so travelling by road to us is very easy ....... and quiet! If You arrive by ferry then this will be in Santander or Bilbao. Or you can drive all the way - the French border is only 6 hours away and Portugal is only 3 hours the other way.

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Granero del Burro in October

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Granero del Burro is a bit different in October. Historically, October is a month of good weather so you can take advantage of this to do lots of things without the Summer crowds. You can also use the outside area of the barn in a different way. You can light the bread oven (wood supplied) and have a glass of wine or a beer whilst being toasty warm. There is also a patio heater. Inside the barn there is under floor heating upstairs and downstairs as well as a wood burning stove. We will even do you a 'Queimada' with the witches chant in English, Spanish or Galician!!

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In October it is the fiesta de San Lucas in Mondoñedo. This year the dates are the 17th until the 21st October. It is a huge fiesta with an big market selling everything you could wish for as well as tents for eating in, lots of music and a special day with a horse and donkey market. This year the main day is the 18th October. This year the groups playing include Panorama, Paris de Noia and Palladium. Have a look here for more information.

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At this time of year all the restaurants are open and there is wonderful food, the beaches are deserted, you can  visit the famous Las Catedrales beach and there is great walking. It is worth visiting this corner of Galicia just to relax and unwind.

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Ruta del ferrocarril - A Pontenova to San Tirso de Abres

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If you are staying at Granero del Burro and want an easy, but interesting walk, then this is the perfect answer. You can make it as long or short as you want but the full distance between San Tirso de Abres and A Pontenova is 12 kilometres (so 24km there and back). It follows the route of the old railway line that opened in 1905. It used to take the iron ore from the mines near A Pontenova to be loaded on to the boats in Ribadeo. You can still see the 'cargadero' in Ribadeo. 

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The walk follows the course of the River Eo and has 6km in Asturias and then 6km in Galicia. If you walk the full distance, you go through six tunnels which are lit by lights powered by solar panels. They vary in length from 60 to 230 metres and are great fun! It is best to start in San Tirso and you can park by the bridge that crosses the river. If you don't want to walk, then you can always hire a bike and cycle the route. Bikes can be hired from Eo Activo which is just by the car park.

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The walk (or bike ride) is easy as it is flat and a good surface. Towards A Pontenova it become tarmac. There is a Salmon Ladder along the route as well as a couple of suspension bridges, a canal (the opposite side of the river) and a small Hydro electric power station. If you are tired when you have finished then you can take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool in San Tirso, which is free. It is open in July and August.

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