Poio, the heart of the Rías Baixas
Poio is a municipality on the northern bank of the Pontevedra estuary. It is situated right in the heart of the Rías Baixas area, between the city of Pontevedra and the region of O Salnés. Forming a natural balcony overlooking the estuary, its history has been defined by its livelihood based on the activities of the land and sea.
Declared a Municipality of Tourist Interest in 2000, its strategic coastal location and its proximity to Galicia’s main motorway, the AP9, makes Poio an ideal place to visit. Within the 34 square kilometres of its municipal boundaries, you will find wealth of leisure, cultural and eating out options and plenty of places to stay. Visitors have a choice of visiting more than twenty beaches; prehistoric rock carvings; one of Galicia’s most monumental monasteries; a beautifully preserved and restored traditional fishing village; hiking paths and pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela and even a museum dedicated to the world’s most famous explorer.
One municipality, five parishes
The Poio Municipal Council comprises five parishes, each having its own population hub and waterfront on the estuary.
This parish in the A Caeira Archaeological Area is the location of one of the most important Bronze Age sites in the south of Galicia, close to which a modern Interpretation Centre has been built. A spot known as Boa Vista (Beautiful View), on the Monte da Tomba hillside, has one of the best viewpoints over the Pontevedra estuary. Visit the Columbus House-Museum in Portosanto, another Poio landmark, to learn about the research undertaken to support the hypothesis of Christopher Columbus’ Galician ancestry.
With its seafront promenade along the beaches of Lourido, Polvorin, and Cabeceira and its mouth-watering food, San Salvador is the ideal place to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful scenery.