Places To Stay: Lúa do Miño – Camposancos, Rias Baixas, Spain

Name:  Lúa do Miño

Location:  Located in the tiny village of Camposancos, where the river Miño that divides Spain and Portugal, flows into the Atlantic Ocean.

Description:  The apartment is located at the bottom of the house in which Ana and her family live. Traditionally it is the part of the house that was used to keep animals in. Beautifully renovated and converted into a small, but comfortable 2 bedroom apartment, the living, dining, and kitchen area is light and airy with splashes of colour that contrast beautifully with the white walls and ceiling. The kitchen contains all the essentials to prepare light meals, while the outdoor seating area directly in front of the apartment is breezy and private. If you prefer a view of the river Miño, you can make use of the lush communal garden facing towards Portugal.

Surroundings:  Camposancos has narrow cobbled streets, where locals are friendly and don’t hesitate to engage one in conversation. Parking is limited, but available in the street running past, and in front of the neighbourhood church. A small family-run store, stocking all the essentials, is located at the beginning of the street that leads towards the apartment, which is a very short walk from where one parks. A car is essential to explore the area, even though there is plenty to see and do on foot.

What makes it special:  Ana’s hospitality and genuine interest in her guests make this a very special place to stay. She has the perfect personality for renting out an apartment like this, as she is not intrusive, yet always there to answer questions or give advice. The creaking noises of the wooden floor and ceiling of the apartment add to the quaintness of the space, as does the fact that one is surrounded by locals going about daily life, instead of tourists or vacationers.

Contact:  Book through airbnb

Things to do in the Area:

Walk from Camposancos to A Guarda along the coastal path, and explore A Guarda on foot.

Walk up the mountain to visit the castro of Santa Tecla (or Santa Trega in Gallego). The views over the river Miño towards Portugal, as well as the Atlantic Ocean and the town of A Guarda are spectacular, and well worth the physical exertion. For those less inclined to walking, simply drive up the mountain, but for those who love walking it is good to note that various footpaths snake up the mountain.

Visit the coastal town of Baiona.

Pay a visit to the Monasterio de Oia, even though it is not possible to go inside. It is a lovely small town for a stroll and something to drink, whilst gazing out over the Atlantic Ocean, and a great way to break up the journey to Baiona.

Visit Tui, a lovely town on the Camino Portuguese, and from where one has a lovely view of the Fortaleza in Valenca do Minho across the river.

Hop across the border into Portugal, and visit the Fortaleza in Valenca do Minho, as well as the less touristy Vila Nova de Cerveira, where colourful crotchet art adorns the town in summer to entice tourists to veer off the beaten track.

The Fortaleza in Valenca do Minho

Vila Nova de Cerveira

Visit one of the wine farms in the area.

  • Terras Gauda – They offer a very interesting wine tour, which includes a wine tasting.

Visited:  September 2016