San Andres de Teixido
San Andres de Teixido
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fencingdoctor
Rockville Centre, NY18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a very remote location. Until the 70's there was no access by road. However, it was a place very popular among Galicians. Along the road you will find wild horses roaming around. There will be plenty of ex-votes in the church. Near the church there is a fountain. People used to drink from it but now has a sign stating the water is not potable because it runs exposed to the environment. The few villagers in this location live from agriculture and from selling souvenirs to the tourists. A typical one is composed of several figures made out of bread and painted, representing some religious beliefs. In this place there are many legends that anthropologists would love. It is said that whoever does not visit this place during his lifetime would have to do it after death. Keeping in mind that Celts believed in the transmigration of souls this trip after death could be done as an animal. For that reason, locals do not kill small lizards or step on beetles or other insects that they find on the road. Pilgrims leave a rock in particular places as a witness of their trip during their life time. It is customary to get a flower called Sea Pink. It is supposed to enhance love in a couple.
On 6/1/1943 a Dutch plane where Leslie Howard was returning to England was shot down by German planes. The plane fell into the sea. No survivors. A passenger looked like Churchill and that was the reason for the attack.
Written December 11, 2022
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain22,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
San Andrés de Teixido is a little complex with some houses and a religious building located in a coastal zone in Galicia Region, in the North-West of Spain. It is a wonderful place, so beautiful, where you can see a church, some houses and also souvenir shops, bars and restaurants: it is too turist. Also you can walk and see very nice views of the surroundings: the coast and the sea.
I was in Gran Canària, and really the style of the town, the name and the church seem the typical places in this island. Coincidence ? I do not think so.
Summarizing: wonderful tiny town/monastery.
Written September 26, 2022
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FJGonzalezG
Bethesda, MD1,173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Halfway between Cedeira and Cariño, San Andrés do Texido (Saint Andrew) is a charming little hamlet with lovely views, a lovely church, restaurants, and souvenir shops selling local handicrafts. This alone makes it a worthwhile destination.

We visited in late February, off season, on a cloudy and foggy day. After parking, this is a pedestrian town, we walked down a gauntlet of souvenir shops offering local arts and crafts, home-made liquors, food, and wax figures for supplicants. We walked the length of the street, which is short, but charming. Here we appreciated the picturesque setting of the hamlet. We turned around toward the church, framed by a valley sloping steeply toward a grumpy Atlantic Ocean.

Dating to the XII century, the church of San Andrés is in the Gothic style with a maritime influence (white-washed). Its current appearance is due in large part to done in the XV and XVIII centuries, which apparently included covering a mural of the martyrdom of San Andrés until its discovery in 1970. Inside the charming church, near the altar supplicants leave wax figures in shapes referencing a particular saint or ailment, a limb or an organ.

A few steps beyond the church there are magnificent views of the Capelada mountain range on one side and on the other the Atlantic Ocean. Together, they shape the region, as well as livelihood and culture.

According to legend, Saint Andrew or San Andrés, overturned in his boat in front of the cliffs, and to save him God turned the boat into a rock that provided sanctuary. After San Andrés complained that very few people made a pilgrimage to Teixido, particularly when compared to Santiago de Compostela, God, says a legend, promised that no one would ever enter the kingdom of heaven without first making the pilgrimage to San Andrés de Teixido. And, those who did not do it while alive would be reincarnated there as frog, snake or lizard. Hence the local saying: “A San Andrés de Teixido vai de morto o que no foi de vivo,” or San Andrés is visited by the dead, if they did not do so when alive. Alternatively, relatives can visit the tomb of a dead person to invite the soul on a pilgrimage to San Andrés, which is done by taking a stone and leaving it in the town.

Local tradition is that one must ass a stone to every “milladoiro,” pile of stones that pilgrims leave near a sanctuary, at crossroads, sacred places, etc., in the region. Locally, you can find “herba de namorar” (Armeria maritima or Sea thrift), a plant with reputed remedial powers for a variety of love issues from heartbreak, to falling in love, fertility, etc. Apparently, there are different rituals for each malady. You can also go to a particular fountain, “a fonte dos tres canos” or fountain of the three pipes, and make a wish to San Andrés. Afterwards, you throw a bit of bread on the fountain, and if it floats your wish will be granted. Anyway, you get the idea.
Written April 16, 2020
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Guilhem D
Basel, Switzerland29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
San Andres is part of a unique regional park which boast wild poneys, bird sanctuaries and wolves (yes, you read correctly but they are hard to spot admitadly). The park has some of the highest cliffs in Europe and the largest windmill park in Spain. On the way back you can stop in Cedeira for lunch or dinner in one of the many tabernas and couple of posh restaurants. Definitely worth a day trip with kids
Written December 27, 2019
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Zinnia M
Washington DC, DC63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
This is a small town sitting atop a steep cliff. For me the main attraction is the drive up to San Andres but this time the clouds obscured the views which are really marvellous. Also it is very windy and you will see lots of wind farms. They make brightly colored good luck charms out of dough. I like the ones with magnets.
Written October 24, 2018
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Alfredo Garcia
Bayamon, Puerto Rico250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Beautiful area
Excellent for pictures
Nice restaurant in the área
Visit Meson Eiravella hoy will have a nice experience
Go early before 3-4:00 pm roads are small but good and can get foggy in the afternoon
Written June 30, 2018
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Zelikin
Aarhus, Denmark64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
this was an amazing stop (in fact, we stopped twice) - cute houses, plenty of food and drink options, souvenirs, etc... it is a very small place (maybe a dozen houses combined) but heartwarming.
Written April 1, 2018
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TIC
Highlands, NC55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
The ancient church is very intimate, the surrounding views spectacular and a walk in front of the church takes one to an enchanted area where three streams converge. Legend has it the three spouts pour curing waters. The village is small but a wonderful restaurant is about a block into town from the church. Cafe Os de Texixedelo has marvelous seafood and service. It is owner run.
Written January 19, 2018
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southerntraveller49
Andalucia, Spain949 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
San Andres de Teixido is a remote spot located in a rural area de Galicia near the coastal cliffs. It´s made up by a small hermitage built in a rustic style -which is cute, but nothing to write home about- and a small hamlet around it, being its pair of streets full of stalls selling souvenirs, pastries or local delicatessen. Among local people, it´s been an important point of pilgrimage for centuries, being nowadays rather touristy. What matters here is the landscape, which is really beautiful. Shame the day I went it was foggy and rainy -I couldn´t make the most of the excursion-. In case of good weather, views are really attractive.
Written October 11, 2017
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Ray V
Chaves, Portugal354 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
The drive down the mountain and the view of the cliffs below the village are worth the trip, but the popularity of this place has made it become a modest tourist trap. Cars are not allowed in the village, for good reason, so there is a steep walk down to the entrance. Remember that you have to walk back up to your car and it is a good two hundred meters uphill. The village is tiny, with 49 souls at last count. Tourism is the only source of income so the one street is lined with shops selling trinkets and sweets. The temple itself is very small and simple and shows how this place was isolated before the building of the first roads and received very little money for construction. It is basically a village chapel.
Written September 7, 2017
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