A Guarda

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  • Day14


    July 2, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌫 18 °C

    Well, we’ve done it...we are in a convent. No, of course not a real convent...they’d never let us into a real convent😂

    We are just north of Portugal in a town called A Guarda. It’s a tiny little port on the coast just north of Portugal and just south of Vigo.

    Day 1 was quite lazy. I think we were mostly getting over the trauma of night one’s parking fiasco. In the end, we had some fish for lunch, drove a bit up the coast, and spent some time cloistered in our room.

    The hotel is a converted 16th century convent. We are in Briolanja’s room. Briolanja only lasted a year here...that may explain why they thought it the perfect room for Melinda and Maria OR why we hear a bird that squawks like it’s being strangled...did she fail convent or die in a convent?😳
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  • Day13


    July 1, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Well, we dropped the kids at Spanish science camp...our work here is done. After getting them settled in a Jesuit boarding school where they will spend the next two weeks, Melinda and Maria drove north from Spain, through Portugal, and popping out on top in Spain again.

    We only stopped to pay tolls. The last automated toll booth we went through FIVE credit cards (all unable to read) before having to resort to the last of our cash. After taking a full ten minutes at the booth and making someone wait behind, the automated voice chirped out, “Obrigada!!!” (Thank you!!!) before finally letting us through.

    Portugal has the worst drivers. They tailgate, pass with no room for error, and cut back in too close for comfort. Surprisingly, we only saw the remains of three accidents. These people are seriously nuts. But we made it. 6+ hours with no pit stops. We were armed with junk food and the will to get to our destination in one piece.

    We drove through the area of the fires from last year. I had read that many of the dozens who died were returning from vacations in Spain. I can see how that happened, and it’s horrifying to see the destruction. Ironically, I’m listening to the rain fall now. We are in the north where it often rains, but unlike last year, this year the rain is all the way south. The burn scar is already green.

    We are now in A Guarda. Melinda was proud that she reserved a garage space at the hotel. 1) a parking garage in Spain is always bad news and 2) of course it’s two blocks away, so it didn’t protect us from the rain!😂

    Melinda had the directions. Her Spanish is fabulous and she even had a drawing. However she missed “there are two garage doors” (ok, she heard that but didn’t fully understand it until too late.) We drive in the door and don’t go up because it was “street level” Maria turns the corner and Melinda has to help by getting out and guiding. After getting around the first corner, there is another...and it’s going down😳 A man tries to yell for us, but he’s too late. He simply sighs and says, “She will have to turn around. It’s easier to go up, but she must stay as far right as possible.”

    Maria may have cried a little. She may have wanted to walk away...or just die. The only reason she made it down is that the garage wall has been chipped away to give a few inches more room. She didn’t know how she could get out. Is there a Coast guard-like service for parking garages?!?! Maria turned the car around and edged up the ramp. It was so steep and so tight that she had to hold the clutch for far too long and far too often. There was no wiggle room. No letting the clutch out and rolling at. All. There was no going forward too fast. An inch a minute was too fast. Maria might smell like burning clutch for the rest of the trip😂

    I don’t know how we did it, but the Audi is out of the basement with not a scratch (yet...someone still can hit it tonight while it’s “safely” parked.) Maybe it helps that we are staying at a converted convent and Mary is right outside our door😂 You might get photos later, if we can face photographing the space. We are in shock right now. It’s 2:38 am. Maria’s personal best. She’s going to sleep and pray there are no parking garage Dreams! (Maybe she’ll dream of Costco and its enormous parking spaces😂) the way...we don’t know from where that man came or to where he went. Patron Saint of parking maybe?!?!
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  • Day16

    You can walk to the top...

    July 4, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    A few truths have been revealed from our internet searching whilst here in Galicia: 1) There are twice as many sites listed to visit than truly exist. This is because things are often known by a “Gallego” (Galician) name and a Castilliano (Spanish) one and 2) People reviewing lodging options (especially Brits and Americans) want a. more toaster availability with breakfast, b. more English TV channels, and c. wider, flatter roads. Me? I would just like the crazy squawking bird to STOP it outside my window at 4 am...well, and maybe wider roads. I think I’ll write a review of the Convent hotel complaining of birds😂 But my point is... People, when traveling, try to be more flexible and open minded.

    But about those roads...There is an ancient Celtic settlement two miles from town straight up a mountain. The guide books all say you can walk😂 We read that you can drive but the road is really narrow and steep. So, of course, we planned to just miss the entire thing😂 Finally a Brit reviewer told it how it is...He walked it...his wife refused to go...he said a 10 Euro taxi would have been “well worth” the trip, so we drove. The entire drive Melinda kept saying, “WHY would anyone walk this???” Those people who reviewed that the road was “steep and narrow”? They are clearly new here. That road was a four lane highway compared to what we’ve been on.

    So, we made it to the top. Monte Santa Trega (Castro de Santa Tecla) is perched above A Guarda on a hill that overlooks the Miño River and Portugal. It comprises 6 of the top 8 things to do here by being listed by different names😂 It’s kind of a big deal. Castro De Santa Trega was a Celtic Village of about 3-4,000 people. We made it to the site near sunset and through the fog, the views were amazing.

    Earlier in the day (and by earlier, I mean 6 pm😂), we visited a winery of the Rias Baixas wine growing region. They produce white wines, often from Albariño grapes. We took a tour, did a tasting, and bought more wine than likely will fit in our suitcases. It was a good day.

    Tomorrow: Back to Portugal because Maria was taught to be really frugal.
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  • Day19

    They do colours in Spain too

    November 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Loved the town of A Guarda. Houses tumbling down to the port and beach, obvious pride in the town, lively residents. Stayed in the municipal albergue and it was great - clean and with all the facilities a pilgrim needs, plus good company. One fellow, a Hungarian boy, was walking back from Santiago de Compostela after finishing walking the Norte. He’s obviously very fit, and had covered over 40km that day - all the way from Vigo. He put away a very large bowl of pasta!
    I walked into a church after landing on Spanish soul, and there was no doubt about the country! Massive heavy decorative overload in silver and gold.
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  • Day5

    A Guarda

    July 28, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    After a long long drive we finally arrived in A Guarda and our hotel the Hotel Convento de san Benito. First impressions are that its fabulous. The view from window over the harbour couldn't be better really. Its a bit cooler here too in early 30's and a nice briney seaside smell. Gonna have a shower before moving the car into the hotel parking and going for an explore.Read more

  • Day5

    Benedictus piano bar

    July 28, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Car park was like something out of grand theft auto 5 in the basement of an old warehouse behind 2 automatic doors. At least the car feels safe in there. Piano bar is part of the old convent building like our hotel. Nice cervesa grande and Marie had some Port. Off to browse the restaurants now.Read more

  • Day6

    Casa chuppa ovas

    July 29, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Restaurants on the promenade are all a bit expensive but we found one recommended on tripadvisor 'Casa Chuppa Ovos' which was great. I had chillied cockles followed by clams in an onion sauce with a bit of rice, Marie had tuna salad in red pepper followed by a kind of marinated/smoked cod fish salad. We both had some homebaked cheesecake to finish.

    After such a long drive today (9 hours) we went to bed early in our nice cold room.
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  • Day6

    Prior De Morino

    July 29, 2016 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    After a nice cup of coffee and a stressful walk around the local Eroski supermarket we found a nice beach on the other side of town overlooking Portugal hoping to go back tomorrow morning for a swim we then went up the mountain to the Celtic village where there were some fantastic views over A Guarda and Portugal.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

A Guarda, La Guardia

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