One of the miracles of modern Spain is that the country which has led the world in mass tourism (and whose population doubles every summer with the influx of millions seeking sun, sea and sand) has managed to retain so much of its identity and authenticity. This is particularly true of the rural regions.
In recent years we have explored a number of these totally unspoilt regions, including Teruel, Soria and the Pyrenees. This year, we turn our attention to the south of Galicia where we find spectacular landscapes created by the Rivers Duero and Miño and several of the most attractive villages in Spain.
The tour begins in the Natural Park of Sanabria – a region of outstanding beauty centred around Spain’s biggest glacial lake. Our home is the delightful Parador set in the historic Puebla de Sanabria.
We then move on to Allariz (one of the ‘official 20 prettiest villages in Spain’). From here we explore the land of the River Miño, the border country between Spain and Portugal; its villages, its Winelands, its landscapes.