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June 13, 2018

The quaint little towns of Galicia!

And I am right back at you. The trips are endless and the memories to last a lifetime. More stories to tell and or expand on my blog.  The feel of the greens of Galicia is always welcome and one of my favorites spots in my beloved Spain.

Some towns are quaint and nice even if little known to tourists/visitors etc. These are the ones I like to get the full flavor of my roots deep country. I like to tell you about two nice places in the north of Galicia; San Ciprian (Sao Cibrao in Galician) ,and Jove (Xove in Galician).

Again, as usual, I have written before on some of these in my blog and here it is for you: Charming towns of Galicia

San Ciprián (Sao Cibrao in Galician) is a town in the coastal border of the province of Lugo, Galicia.  In the 14C and 15C ships were built here and there was a factory of  salt fishes here that still can seen and known locally as the mariners castle. To help guide the ships there was a lighthouse of Atalaia by 1850 that worked until the second half of the 20C.  There is a marine museum and fine beaches in the nearby peninsula with fine sand beaches. San Ciprián (peace peninsual or Peninsula de la Paz), is surrounded by fine sandy beaches like those at  Torno, Cubelas, and  A Caosa.  The Royal Factory of Sargadelos in nearby Cervo (Since 1791), one of the oldest and most renowned manufacturers of fine pottery in Galicia.

San Ciprian

The festival  of A Maruxaina is celebrated on the second Saturday of August. It is related to a popular legend about a siren who lives on some small islands, Os Farallons, near Sao Cibrao.  Most of the townspeople dress on this day as Maruxainos, that is, in costumes that resemble the dress of days past. Ritually, at noon, the mariners bring the siren from the islands onto shore, while in front of the marine museum they create a mock-trial to judge the Maruxaina on whether she is good or bad. After this the townsfolk serve a potent brew of Queimada (mix of sugar cane and aguardiente a double filter rum drink of higher alcohol content).

Some webpages to help you plan your trip are

City council of Cervo on Sao Cibrao on tourism http://www.concellodecervo.com/web/publico/turismo/patrimonio/museos

Port authority of Sao Cibrao : http://www.apfsc.com/en/port-of-san-cibrao/presentation-and-geographic-situation/

Jove​ (Xove in Galician) is a town in the province of Lugo, Galicia .  It is located in the coastal border of the province of Lugo in A Mariña, in the region of Rías Altas of the Cantabrian sea, a change from the  Rías Baixas of the Atlantic ocean, offering a more abrupt , cutoff, nice niches ,big waves and lots of fishing as well as white sandy beaches some still in semi wild status of great beauty.

Tourist office of Xove in Galician: http://www.xove.es/conoce/

Great memories and good friend even whatapps with them today, they are natives of Xove and took me to Sao Cibrao for the beaches and barbecue each time in the area.

 

Xove

Things to do or see here are the lookout or Mirador Monte Castelo is on top of the lighthouse or Faro Roncadoiro very nice wild coast with impressive views as well as the Pena Sombreireira,a natural cave with many legends in the area.

Casa de Villalba, is an American continent style house on the old town of Xove. Architecture elements of the Americas like the crystal tower and gardens around it. This is due to the millions of Galician that went to the Americas in years past.

O Pazo, a mansion in a hilly area from the 14C belonging to field marshal Don Pedro Pardo de Cela. The Church of Xove, three nerfs with double bell tower and a nice main door still with the inscription of 1694 on it; a nice retable altar from the end of the 17C and another renaissance style from the 16C in the sacristy. Here it is celebrated the feast of San Bartolomé on eac August 24th.

Wonderful beaches all around such as the O Portinho, a small one with white sand and not much waves around the port of Sao Cibrao and next to the old remains of a whale packer of Moras that was working until the end of the 1970’s. The beach of  Lago white sandy and fine beach little waves a bit windy and straight line very nice for water sports such as sailing. The beach of  Portocelos , very hidden beach at the end of a harbor of the same name with a bottle shape tail with a nice slow waves ;it has about 250 meters long by 20 meters wide ,and has white and stony beach sections. It has two heads coming together those of Canelas and Portocelo by the time they reach the ocean in low tide and it is when it has the most beach area available. The best one for me was Esteiro beach with sand dunes, little housing around and near the town of Viveiro next to the harbor entrance of Muiñelo, very calm waters for those seeking peace and quiet beach  as well as a blue flag beach best in class clear pure waters.

Tourist office of Lugo and Galicia: https://www.spain.info/en/resultadosBusqueda/resultadosBusqueda.html?l1=Galicia&tv=l&tipo=SEG-oficina-turismo&l1=Galicia&l2=Lugo

We went by other towns such as the before mentioned Viveiro; all very magical and beautiful like you are along in the world, for once , it is welcome. You need to best have a car about 1h30 from A Coruna taking the N651 toll free or AP9 toll road; LU 861 and finally the LU 549 (provincial roads LU=Lugo).

Ah ok a bit on Viveiro, of course. Viveiro is also in the Province of Lugo, bordering the Cantabrian sea to the west of Xove and east of O Vicedo.  It has old walls of the original ramparts and gates such as Vila, Valado, with a Romanesque style, and Castelo da Ponte, also called the gate of Carlos V, that is the emblem of Viveiro. This door has the sculpted imperial arms of the monarch, the original arms of the kingdom, and the arms of the city. And you past in front of it on your way to Xove, bordering the Cantabrian sea! wonderful. you see the Monastery of the Concepcion founded in 1601 or before and the Chapel of  Ecce Homo, also called the chapel of Pity, by around 1608. The Romanasque buildings abound such as the Churches of San Pedro, Santa María, and San Francisco. The bridge over the river Landro dates back to the medieval era too. Viveiro’s is the oldest Carnival in Galicia. Also, with many beaches such as o Area or O Covas covering 1,5 km both.

More on Viveiro from the tourist office of Galicia in English: rias de Viveiro

Viveiro

And now you are all set for a wonderful trip into the beauty of Galicia unspoiled;do not say you read it hear please lol!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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June 13, 2018

The mountains of Madrid, Navacerrada!!

Ok another nostalgic moment that was able to see again last summer.  Well, this is the beginning of the end;;;;; many years ago circa 1972, I was living in Madrid, and friends convince me to go skiing in the mountains. I am a city boy and always been; so curiosity took me there. It was of course the fabled Navacerrada and I put my skis; well I never had so many summersaults in my life coming down the mountain, lucky was not hurt and therefore, ended my career as a skier….lol!

However, the memories still lingered and had gone up just to see an after ski day or just enjoying the natural beauty of the place, and of course driving around those mountain peaks.  Navacerrada will always remained close to my heart. My dear late wife Martine took a nostalgic trip with me last year and really enjoyed it.

Navacerrada  (the town) is in the Comunidad de Madrid at 1200 meters high on the shoulders of the Sierra de Guadarrama on the Navacerrada dam and the entrance to the Valley of Barranca. The town is located at 52 km from Madrid.

Navacerrada

Every Sunday there is a market of antiques in the Avenida de Madrid. On the first Sunday of the month there is a expo of old collectible automobiles as well as a medieval market with a very festive ambiance.

City hall of Navacerrada on tourism https://www.aytonavacerrada.org/index.php/planes/informacion-turistica

Navacerrada Photo credit Comunidad de Madrid government. City Hall of Navacerrada.

You have an excellent time skiing here , the best in Madrid in my opinion. The closest station to Madrid at 1858 meters high.  It is well  divided in two zones; a high zone with average trails to advance and a lower zone with average trails and beginners. They are well protected along pine trees. The north ladder or ¡Segovian is part of the municipality of Real Sitio de San Ildefonso , and the south ladder or Madrilene belongs to the municipality of Cercedilla. . From here you can use as a base to visit La Granja de San Ildefonso , Segovia, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Rascafria , Fuenfria and others. More on the Puerto de or port of Navacerrada and skiing here: http://www.puertonavacerrada.com/

The project of the port was done in 1778 and opened to the public in 1788 under the reign of king Carlos IV. The port town is crossed by the road M 601 that connects Collado Villalba with Segovia. From the port town there is the road CL 604 that connects with the towns in the Valley of Lozoya passing by the Puerto de Cotos port. The last segment from the south passes at the intersection of roads M 601 and M 607 at 1300 meters altitude and goes up 560 meters at a inclination of 8%

Ways to get to the town from Madrid. You can get on the expressway A6 to Collado Villalba (another nice town) and here take the M-601 direction Segovia until you reach Puerto de Navacerrada. Every day there are buses too from the bus depot at Moncloa in Madrid , take line 691 of Autobuses Larrea (never taken them) . You can ,also,come here from Madrid taking the road M-607 direction Colmenar Viejo follow signs for Puerto de Navacerrada . By train from Chamartin station in Madrid take the Cercanias C 8b to Cercedilla and here change on the C9 cotos train to Puerto de Navacerrada. The Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport is only 80 km.

A map and trails of Navacerrada can be printed here in pdf file. http://www.puertonavacerrada.com/documentos/Plano_Pistas_Navacerrada.pdf

Some good eating places in Puerto de Navacerrada and the town are Asador Espinosa,restaurante Casa Paco, and La Fonda Real, that I can recommend from the many in the area.

Spain webcams on info snow especially on the M 601 road. https://www.infonieve.es/estacion-esqui/puerto-de-navacerrada/webcams/

Official Spain weather service (AEMET) on mountain weather: http://www.aemet.es/en/eltiempo/prediccion/montana?w=&p=mad2

City of Madrid tourism on Puerto de Navacerrada:   https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/puerto-navacerrada

Hope you enjoy it as I did/do; and do try our skiing here it is very nice !!) ho ho ho!!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers!!!

 

 

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