Of all the Rías Baixas, the long, narrow Ría de Pontevedra is the archetype, its steep and forested sides closely resembling a Scandinavian fjord. Pontevedra itself is a lovely old city, set slightly back from the sea at the point where the Río Lérez begins to widen out into the bay. Though it lacks a beach of its own, it makes a good base for excursions along either shore of its ría. The north coast is the more popular with tourists, with Sanxenxo (Sanjenjo) as its best-known resort, but if you want to avoid the crowds, head for the south coast, which stretches out past secluded beaches towards the rugged headland, ideal for camping in privacy.

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