The quant little towns of Galicia!

And here I am rejoicing of updating this older post in my blog. I had many trips into Galicia Spain, and many friends over the years. I have been enchrined into the supporters group of Real Madrid CF there to my honor and made several friends over the years going all the way back to their grandparents! This was a bit of a road warrior trip I enjoyed very much while staying in Coruña to visit as far north as Xove. Hope you enjoy it as I.

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 quant 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).

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 , 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 cafe to beach jul12

San Ciprian beach sands jul12

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).

Here is the City council of Cervo on Sao Cibrao things to see :

The city council of Cervo on Sao Cibrao beaches with a nice vimeo video! : 

The Port authority of Sao Cibrao

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.

Xove city center jul12

Xove from nilo finca to city jul12

Great memories and good friends 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 nilo friends in bar 26jul12

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 Americas 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.

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 Landro river 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.

Viveiro puerta Carlos V jul12

Viveiro ria or bay passing over bridge jul12

The Galicia region tourist office on Viveiro in English:

The Xove Tourist office:

The province of Lugo tourist board on Xove:

The province of Lulgo tourist board on Cervo/Sao Ciprao:

There you go folks, another dandy region in my beloved Galicia. Or we said, Spain everything under the sun! You are all set for a wonderful trip into the beauty of Galicia ,unspoiled beautiful and do not say you read it hear please lol!!!Keep it a secret lol!!!

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

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