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Pontevedra Ria

Pontevedra Ria

The opening of the Pontevedra Ria stretches from Cabicastro Point, to the west of Canelas Beach, in the north, and Point Centoleira in the south. Its easternmost point is more difficult to establish, given the mouth of the River Lérez, but we can fix it in the city of Pontevedra, where the river meets the sea, about 14 km from the mouth of the ria, which has the shape of a perfect wedge of sea encrusted in the continent in a southwest-northeast direction. Around the Pontevedra Ria and its shores, art and history combine to please the traveller. Its coast houses beautiful cities like Pontevedra, monasteries like Poio, or further inland, Armenteira; towns like Marín, which combines its naval life with fishing, and Bueu, which clearly lives from fishing and sea-food; tourist centres like Sanxenxo, Portonovo and San Vicente de O Grove; picturesque villages like Aldán -at the head of its own little ria, an offshoot of Pontevedra Ria- Raxó, Combarro and Mogor. Depending on sunshine hours, the many beaches bordering the ria are ideal places to visit in summer. When sailing there are many anchorages, especially for craft of little draft, pre-eminently tourist ports like Aguete, Pontevedra, Sanxenxo, Portonovo and Pedras Negras, with facilities for all types of leisure sailing, alternating with fishing ports like Aldán, Bueu, Marín, Combarro and Raxó. Although the south coast of the ria is home to the Naval Academy, and Marín has a cargo terminal, there is little large-draft shipping, and the leisure uses of the ria are not disturbed. Marín Naval Academy and the Island of Tambo, given their military nature, are of limited access.

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