27.09.2008 - 30.09.2008 26 °C
Our next stop in Spain was Pontevedra, a beautifully preserved medieval town
We usually try to see a few hotels before we pick a place to stay, what you end up with can really vary all within the same price range, we ended up with what we call a cave room! which is basically a room with little or no natural light and what appears to be 5watt light globes with only 1 working.
Pontevedra was a nice little town though with lots of winding streets to explore, we spent most of our time stopping in plazas for drinks and looking for good places to eat
We had a great lunch at this simple seafood place
For some reason there was a lot of graffiti around the town, most likely because there is nothing for the kids to do, it contrasted well at this place against the bright green paint
Next stop was the seaside town of Cambados, sitting right at the mouth of one of the famous Rias(rivers), Cambados the the capital of the Rias Baixas wine district famous for their Albarino wines!
We choose a hotel out of the tourist office accom guide, and a very freindly lady showed us to an average room facing a small quite street, it only had two single beds so Rishi with her now expert Spanish asked if they had a room with a Double bed as well, with sea views if possible, she explained in detail that she only had a small apartment but we could look if we liked. It turned out the be a two bedroom apartment with a kitchen and windows that opened right onto the sea front, with a little bargining we got the room for less than she wanted for the back room with single beds!
The view was great
The waterfront was great for stolling and just as good for watching the locals strolling as well
Fishing is still big in this area, but we couldnt quite work out what was going to be done with this Anchor Bike!
There wernt too many wineries right at the town, but this beautiful place was only 5 mintues walk from town and had a onsite hotel with tasting rooms etc.
But the best part about Spain is that you pay little more in a bar or even a restaurant for a glass of wine than you would for the price calculated from a bottle shop price, Albarino wines are some of the pricest whites I have ever drunk and you would struggle to find one back in Australia for under $25 in a bottle shop, and yet I was drinking some of the best I have had for €1 a glass
Although you do miss a few things here as well, like clean wine glasses, you almost always get something floating in the glass or finger prints on it! and in Cambados after a few glasses with lunch of a particularly good Albarino, one glass arrived completly warm (not great!) so we asked if he had another bottle that was cold, so he comes out with the cold bottle and just pours some cold wine on top and asks if that is ok! We now have two buckets of wine! for 1euro!
Just on the edge of town was a beautiful ruined 15th century Cathedral, which has now been converted into a cemetary with graves right up into the ruined building
It was hard not to drink wine all the time here, it was all so good. But somehow the beer taps were hard to resist here as well, these a specific to this region of Spain and are for the Estrella Galica beer
No bar is without its resident dog, we named this fella Tooth Dog for obvious reasons
With our own apartment, we spent two nights in Cambados relaxing and enjoying the small town as this would be our last stop in Spain for now and we are heading for Portugal