Ferreira - idyllic spot in Asturias

Ferreira

This is the perfect place to spend a Summer's day relaxing. It is in a beautiful setting next to the river and there are only ever a few people there. There are a few picnic tables and in the Summer months, you can buy soft drinks and rent canoes. Click here for directions from Trabada.

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Park at the top of the hill and walk down to the river. The river is like a millpond so it is canoeing for novices. There are single and double canoes. The river leads round to a small dam so you can paddle around here just absorbing the tranquility and listening to the birds. Paradise! 

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Ferreira is about 10 minutes from Santa Eulalia de Oscos. This is also a beautiful little town and weel worth stopping off for a drink or coffee on the way there or back. Click here for more information on Santa Eulalia de Oscos

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If you prefer to have a more adventurous day, then you can use this as a starting point for a nice walk. There are paths that go either way from the bridge down by the river. You can always have your picnic here when you are finished!!


Coastal path - Las Catedrales to Ribadeo, Galicia

Coastal path

A new coastal path has been completed this year and it means that you can walk the full 16km between Las Catedrales (Cathedral's beach) and Ribadeo. It is a mainly flat walk which meanders around the coast and uses a mixture of the tiny coast road (very quiet) and a newly created footpath. It is called the 'ruta de la costa' and is great because you can just do the bit of it that you want. You don't have to do the whole distance.

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Click here for a map of the route. You can start at Las Catedrales, the beach famous for its rock arches, and walk east towards Ribadeo. There is quite a bit of the route on the road but other than the beaches, it is pretty quiet. Alterntively you can park in the picnic area at Rinlo (campo do cristo) and walk east. This part of the walk is mainly on the coastal path. The only bit on the road is as you leave Rinlo. You can either take a picnic or eat in one of the 4 great restaurants in Rinlo.

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Probably the best place to park is between Rinlo and Ribadeo where there ae a couple of dilapidated buildings (an old toilet block and some sort of shelter). From here you can walk east (towards Ribadeo) or west (towards Rinlo. If you walk east, the path meanders around lots of secluded rocky bays with lots of flowers and wildlife. Look out for the Tongue Orchids in June. There are also a couple of ancient forts this way with description boards telling you all about them. 

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A final option is to park at Rinlo and walk towards las Catedrales (west). Not far from Rinlo you come to the cetaria de Rinlo. This is an old shellfish farm which is worth a look at. Look out for the nice brown donkey in the little village just after the shellfish farm.


Seimeira waterfall (cascada de Seimeira), Santa Eulalia de Oscos, Asturias

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If you are staying at Granero del Burro and want to combine a nice day out, with fantastic scenery and a pleasant walk, then this is a great suggestion. Head for Santa Eulalia de Oscos in Asturias which is about a 45 minute drive. You will climb out of Vegadeo and keep on climbing.........and climbing, right up to 877 metres (just under 3000 feet). Stop and look back to the coast at the La Garganta viewpoint. On a clear day you can see Ribadeo and the bridge crossing the estuary.

View from La Garganta

Continue on to Santa Eulalia de Oscos and have a coffee in the main bar in the village. It combines as the local store and is a great place to have a nose around. Then head back to the little roundabout and take the turning for Pumares. Park at the little hamlet of Pumares which has been beautifully restored. Click here for a map

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The walk to the waterfall is a lovely walk through old Oak woods, past old abandoned houses and a little mill. The waterfall is 5km from the hamlet so you can take a picnic or have a nice lunch in Santa Eulalia de Oscos when you get back. Have a look here for a suggestion for lunch. There is a nice wooded area just before the waterfall with picnic tables. You can have a look at more pictures from the walk here.


Ribadeo Indiano

Ribadeo Indiano

Last weekend saw the first Ribadeo Indiano fiesta. It is to celebrate all the Galician people who left for Central and South America around the turn of the century and then came back to Galicia with their fortune. In Ribadeo there are many classic houses built by these people. They are usually very big and ornate. Ribadeo has just launched a numbered route of all these houses. Click here to see some of them

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The fiesta itself was blessed with some good warm Galician weather. An amazing number of people got dressed up in the traditional costume of the period and Ribadeo looked a bit like Havana in the 1920's. All the bars and shops got into the spirit of things, decorating their properties and serving a variety of food and drink from the Americas. There was a very nice street market and in the evening there was a wonderful concert with traditional music. The bandstand in the main square was decorated with lanterns and felt very South American

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The children were all dressed up as well and there were percussion bands in the streets during the afternoon. There were dancing classes, presentations in the theatre and there were competitions for best fancy dress. All in all there was something for everyone. You can have a look at all the picures from the weekend here

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This was the inaugural fiesta so it is planned to hold it again next year when it should be bigger and even better. It will be held sometime in early to mid July. It would be a good time to come to Galicia for a self catering holiday

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51st feria de muestras - Vegadeo 2014

Feria de muestras

The 51st feria de muestras took place in Vegadeo last weekend and was blessed with some nice weather. There were good crowds and it is great family entertainment during the day. It costs 3€ to get in and for this you can gain access to hundreds of stalls selling local produce, all the restaurants and bars, the agricultural machinery show and the animals. This year there were horses with their foals and huge bulls!

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After wandering around all the stalls you will be ready for something to eat and drink. The usual selection of eateries were available with the best one being from Lugo. There was churrasco (pork ribs), criollo (sausage), chorizo, Padron peppers, grilled chicken and Octopus. It is the same menu in each tent (restaurant) so it is very much down to what they cook it over (charcoal or Oak) and who serves it. A nice waitress who spoke very good English looked after our table!

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Click here for a youtube video clip of the feria.

After 10.00pm the focus changes to music and this year the music on Friday night was provided by local bands from Vegadeo. Saturday and Sunday nights had the usual mix of 'orquestas' which are a bit like our showbands with a Spanish flavour. This year the feria closed with a set from Assia

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July special offer

Coastline near Rinlo

Having a self catering holiday in Galicia during July is a fantastic experience. You get to experience some nice weather (not too hot), you can see some fantastic scenery and you get to be able to visit the miles and miles of fantastic beaches that we have. In addition to this there are numerous fiestas occurring every week, so you can enjoy something traditional as well.

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There is still a week available in July from the 12th to the 19th. The price has been reduced to 500€ per week or just 80€ per night (minimum 3 nights stay). You can fly to Asturias airport or Santiago de Compostela airport with Easyjet from Stansted and hire a car (Europcar do good deals through the Easyjet website). Asturias airport is just over an hour away and Santiago is just under 2 hours away. Click here to go to bookings page

Garden and barbecue

If you prefer to just relax then there are plenty of areas to do this at Granero del Burro. You can sit outside on the patio by the bread oven (in the sun or shade) or you can have a barbecue on the stone built one next to the patio. Barbecued King Prawns are particularly good! If you want something a bit more exciting then we provide a couple of body boards for you to ride the waves along the coast. There is something for everyone so don't miss out of this great offer.


Self catering in Galicia - special offers 2014

Granero del Burro

 

If you are looking for a self catering holiday in Galicia, Northern Spain, then Granero del Burro is just the place for you. In 2014 it is opening its doors for the first time in September and to give you the opportunity to book during this month, we are making it available at a special low season price.

In addition to offering a special price for September, we still have some availability left during the Summer months in July and August. 

Click here for all the special offers

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Learn Spanish whilst on holiday in Galicia

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If you would like to improve your Spanish or indeed learn some basic Spanish language, then you can do this whilst on holiday at Granero del Burro. For just €20 per hour, Naomi will come to the barn, help you with your Spanish at whatever level, and give you some pronunciation tuition. If the weather is nice you can even have your class outside. The classes can be tailored to suit your needs so if you just want to able to understand what is on the restaurant menu and order in Spanish, then she can help you with this. If your Spanish is perfect then Naomi can even teach you Galician. She dances in a traditional Galician dance troupe and plays the tambourine (very well!). 

If you want to book some lessons then just let us know and we can arrange dates and times to suit you. 


Ribadeo birding

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If you are looking for a self catering holiday in Galicia with the opportunity of seeing some great birds, then look no further. The area around Granero del Burro is a great place for birdwatching and if you know where to go you can usually come across some species that you would not see in the UK. During Spring and Autumn, the coastal spots usually turn up some unusual vagrants.

Honey Buzzard

This year was no exception. During the Summer months you can usually see Honey Buzzards around the barn and a pair of Red Backed Shrikes bred a couple of fields away. At the barn there were pairs of White Wagtails, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Cirl Buntings breeding. You can always see Spotless Starlings, Yellow Legged Gulls, Fan Tailed Warblers, Sardinian Warblers and Rock Buntings in the area. We have resident Buzzards and Ravens, and on still Summer days the air is filled with the sounds of the Cuckoo and Turtle Doves

White Rumped Sandpiper

This Autumn was particularly good for unusual visitors with Pectoral Sandpiper, 4 White Rumped Sandpipers, Richard’s Pipit and Yellow Browed Warbler all been seen. Snow buntings have also been seen this Winter

You can have a look at the following websites to keep an eye on what has been seen recently. 

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Birdwatching in Galicia

And while you are here if you would like to be taken on a guided tour of the birdwatching hotspots then this is possible. Just e mail us and I will be happy to do this


LD Lines

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A new ferry service is starting on the 5th January 2014 between Poole in Dorset and Gijón in Asturias. It will be operated by LD Lines. This makes it much easier to bring your car with you when you come to stay at Granero del Burro, the self catering barn in Galicia. Gijón is much closer than Santander, where the Brittany Ferries service docks. Gijón is less than 2 hours away and most of the route is motorway. The prices are very reasonable and almost half the price of Brittany Ferries. The crossing is 25 hours!!

San Lorenzo beach, Gijón

Gijón itself is a great place with lots of interesting things to do and see. The San Lorenzo beach is a great city beach and runs along the full length of the city. Have a look here for more information. The Abba Hotel is a great place to stay if you want to spend a night in the city. 

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