Miguel Hernandez Gardens are in the leisure district of Marina at Mariña Avenue. Walking through the most urban area and called Labyrinth there's a cafe and a playground. Plaza de las Palmeras, as its name suggests, has 8 palm species brought from Elche/Alicante, in the center is a sculpture by the artist Emilio Mosquera dedicated to the poet Miguel Hernández. The most English part of the park area is the Praderia that is covered with a blanket of grass, inviting us on a sunny day to lie in the sun, and finally the Camellias, Rias own, of which even contests are held and of course you can't miss the great fountain, the Fuente de la Elipse, named for its shape.
During my last weekend stay in the city I went to a large park called "A Xunqueira" that is surrounded by buildings in the city center of Arosa Vilagarcia Pontevedra. As well as being a park and garden, it hosts several fairs and events throughout the year. The park is surrounded by a variety of trees, including palms, and is crossed by a river with a beautiful recently built wooden bridge. Leave time to see the amount of ducks and geese that roam its waters. It has a large playground and it is where there is a large city centre shopping and a beautiful panoramic view of the Convent and Pazo de Vista Alegre, located a few meters away.
The first time I became aware of this reservoir was making the ascent to the Wind Farm on Mount Xiabre. It's accessed by the old road to Caldas de Reis C-531 and the junction 1.5km down that leads to Castrogudín, where this reservoir that supplies drinking water to Villagarcia de Arosa is located. Castrogudin Reservoir takes its waters from Rio Con, which runs through the center of the town of Pontevedra. The best part of this place is the panoramic view of the city and the Ria de Arosa dotted with many rafts, as well as a couple of hiking trails that can be done. If time allows, you can also see the Illa de Arosa with its bridge two miles away and BARBANZA.
I have been in Vilagarcia de Arosa several times, but it was not until Saturday that I was able to take pictures of the Grand Convent of Vista Alegre. It's a massive stone monastery from the 17th century, downtown and close to the river. This structure attached to the eponymous Manor House has been declared a National Historic Artistic Monument. It was constructed on the ancient chapel of San Cristobal by Fernando de Andrade, archbishop of Santiago, as stated in one of the plaques. A wide arc used for communication between the civil and religious structures is now a pedestrian area next to the Manor House and there's a tiny garden with some lovely greenery and flowers.
With the motive of the festivals of Saint Rita, this weekend they celebrated "A Feira do seculo century". There was a market in the heart of Arosa Vilagarcia on the banks of the river or Con, where the historic Joint Vista Cheerful can be found. And for a unique environment almost 50 old market stalls, workshops, performances of the War of Independence, torture exhibits etc . Among the stands was a collection of wooden Pinocchios that stood out to me, for the quantity and for its color on a day that was gray and rainy. Products that are handmade: Soaps, jewelry, clothing . toys, also you can not miss the delicacies, cheeses, sausages, spirits, etc.. There was also a booth with books in alphabetic order, reporting the origin of the names and surnames (families) of different communities.
The Villagarcia de Arosa Carnival held every year beginning on a Saturday and ending 7 days later on the Saturday called Piñata. Throughout there are activities to entertain and amuse people of the town and visitors such as costume contests, competitions and parades of the Burial of the Sardine, tasting of typical desserts such as Carnival the pancakes, etc. The festival has Catholic roots, although religion is now no longer associated with this event. Villagarcía Carnival is very hard popular and many establishments close their doors on Shrove Tuesday to enjoy the festival. One of the acts is the Burial of the Sardine, which is a parody of a funeral procession, in which the neighbors accompany the "deceased" sardine praying and crying. I had the opportunity to experience it on several occasions and it is something I recommend to everyone. What I liked was the costume parade that lasted about 2 hours during which I was amazed by the original costume, work and good humor. Greetings to all and I leave you with some pictures.
This small but beautiful park was created to commemorate the centenary of the Port Authority of Villagarcia de Arosa. It is right next to the Port, it's small but really nice. It has a wide variety of trees and plants and has several small stone paths beside benches to sit and relax in tranquility. It's an ideal place to stroll and escape from it all, wrapped in nature and tranquility. I recommend it as it is one of the few places in Villagarcia de Arosa village where nature reigns. Since you can imagine the estuary and the marina, I leave you with some pictures so you can admire the beauty of the place.
The City of Vilagarcia de Arosa is located in the very center, in the emblematic Ravella gardens and near the commercial and financial center of the city. Official reports acknowledge that Vilagarcia is the second tourist town in the Shire of Salnes after Sanxenxo and it is for that reason and because it's a very nice building that I took the photos that accompany this post. Vilagarcia is the capital of the Ria de Arosa and has a population of about 35,000 inhabitants. It is half an hour from Santiago de Compostela and Vigo, with good transport links either by rail, boat or direct access highway. It has a fair (Fexdega), Chamber of Commerce, historical and artistic heritage, good food, traditional trade and international franchises. Along with the wonderful beaches, mountains, viewpoints and rivers, what more can you ask for? Also notable is the popular 8 km Vikingade Caton Pilgrimage held in the summer.
Situated in the waters of the Ria de Arosa , the new marina offers the services of a first class marina in a privileged atmoshpere, from here you have access to the best beaches in Galicia and the proximity to the and Atlantic Islands National Park. Next spring they will service the 1st phase of the new marina, which will define a higher level in facilities of the Ria de Arosa, with capacity to dock boats as well as superyachts. Often, as in the city and in any marina or sports contests of all kinds.
This weekend I went to a beautiful International Camellia exhibition that was in the village of Vilagarcia de Arosa, with a presentation of more than 37 exhibitors from the protagonist "Camellia japonica" in a range of shapes and colors, mostly pink, red and white. In this exhibition-contest presenting one of the most delicate creatures of nature, and one that fades with great rapidity, they presented the winners of the last editions highlighting the 2011 Golden Camellia . The 1st prize was a Camellia reticulata, 2nd prize was a cross-bred type and the 3rd for a hybrid camellia. A rewarding experience filled with great color and beauty!
We did this hiking trail in winter, and although its duration is about 4 kilometers, we only did half because the night was so cold. During the day, you can enjoy the splendid mountain scenery, as the route goes along the base of Mount Xiabre, starting from the reservoir Castroagudín. Next, it goes along the old road to Caldas de Reis (C-531) and after advancing 1.5 km, you arrive at the junction that leads to Castrogudín. The route starts from the town square, leading to the Castroagudín reservoir, which takes its water from the Rio do Con. The route continues past beautiful scenery, until Fontefría recreation area. A few meters before there is a path leading to the Rio do Con
To commemorate the bicentennial of the War of Independence they have an exhibition of torture tools used during the Inquisition, on the banks of the river Or, in the Convento Vista Alegre. The exhibition shows tools used in that time mostly of wood and metal like wild stocks, lathes, spikes, spiked cages and chairs. These gadgets like the Table Roller, Wheel of St. Catherine, crushes heads, Judas Cradle, tongue depressors, etc. give you goosebumps. But this exhibition is part of the 19th Century Festival held in this town the last weekend of May (22nd to 24th) and shows us to what degree of cruelty could be done by humans in the name of Christianity.
The exhibition named "6 O Montiño Interventions" starts with the idea of combining modern thought with history, ie creativity and memory. Remember that exposure is spread by the media in the Castro Alobre, where the most important archaeological places of the city are in the heart of town. A few meters from the park A Xunqueira are many sculptors responsible for this exhibition, including Uxio Lopez, author of the sculpture "bloody" represents the interaction of roses with nature. Francisco Pazos, linking tradition and modernity through steel and granite. Manolo Chazo, with a piece of polyester and stone recreates the flow of the mountain, while Manolo Paz plays with air and nature. Chaves Xaquín reflects on the legend of the angels and the desire of men to fly and Enrique Conde has a carved wooden sculpture.