One thing we noticed as we drove through Galicia is how clean it was. The people were all out sweeping streets. Buildings were in good repair. The houses are either painted a variety of colors, or many of them have small one inch square ceramic tile facades.
I was quite taken with these houses. Some of the patterns are beautiful.
I know it is a little hard to see here, but the carving on the black frame around the door and windows was amazing.
On the way to Casa Perfeuto Maria we drove the coast roads all the way from Pontevedra to Noia.
Getting around Galicia has been very easy. We bought some detailed maps at the book festival in Madrid. They have all of the "AC" roads marked and they show all of the "CP" roads even though they aren't marked.
When in doubt we kept circling the roundabouts until we got our bearings. Spanish roads are built on the roundabout system. Very sensible!
Because the Galician's speak a different language than the rest of Spain, many of Galicia's town names are spelled just slightly differently than the names on the map. For example, the town of Riberia is spelled with a 'B' on the map and on some of the signs. But on many other signs it is spelled "Riveria".
We decided to stop in Riberia for lunch and because there was a bustling market going on as we passed through.
The market was right on the water's edge, overlooking the boat slips for what appeared to be the entire town's population of fishermen.
Out in the water, just beyond the boat slips was a very interesting rock formation. To me it looks like a family of seals sunning themselves. What do you think?