Surrounded by beautiful beaches and bird-filled marshes, O Grove lies in the Rías Baixas region of Galicia. It occupies a peninsula connected to the Spanish mainland by the O Vao isthmus and lies on the doorstep of Isla de la Toxa's thermal baths and spas.
Things to do in O Grove
Adjacent to O Grove’s port is Praia de Confin, which is backed by a beachfront promenade dotted with sculptures. Near the top of the peninsula is Praia de Rons, a picturesque strip of white sand that looks out towards a nearby island. Extending along the isthmus that connects O Grove to the mainland is Praia da Lanzada, which is considered one of the best beaches in Galicia.
Marking the highest point of O Grove’s peninsula is the Miradoiro da Siradella, which offers sweeping views across Praia da Lanzada and the islands of Illas Atlanticas National Park. It can be accessed along an easy walking trail that ends at an interpretation centre with a children’s playground and picnic tables.
Connected to O Grove by an 18th-century bridge is the Isla de la Toxa, which was used for cattle grazing until the discovery of thermal mud and medicinal waters in the 19th century. One of the island’s most enchanting buildings is the Church of Sea Shells, a beautiful chapel that was originally built in the 12th century and is elaborately decorated with seashells.
Getting around O Grove
O Grove is around 40 minutes’ drive from Pontevedra and an hour from Santiago de Compostela. Santiago-Rosalía de Castro Airport is also an hour away and has flights to destinations across Europe. Regular buses connect to O Grove and the town is small enough to explore on foot. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around the peninsula.