The Mar de Arousa and Río Ulla Route

Stage: Arousa South

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Estimated Duration 2h 00min

Sanxenxo

  • Difficulty Medium-Low
  • Estimated Duration 10min

Sanxenxo is the emblematic municipality of Galicia as regards sun and sand tourism. Its 36 km of coastline have a score of sandy beaches, more than half of which have Blue Flags, so this Town Hall is the leading one in Spain with these types of distinctions.

The beach of Silgar is the most highly populated, the summer holiday nucleus of thousands of people from Galicia and beyond. At the other end of Sanxenxo, A Lanzada, an emblematic beach with an extension of 2.8 km, most of which belongs to the neighbouring municipality of O Grove.

At the start of this beach, in the area of Sanxenxo, A Lanzada has a valuable, historical, late Roman and medieval complex — excavated in 2010 — and the remains of the Castle of A Lanzada, the first maritime defence of Compostela in the XI and XII centuries, which still has the remains of a tower and the Romanic chapel.

This municipality is also known for its sea products gastronomy, the delicate Abariño wines (Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin) such as those of Padriñán, together with the summer nights of Silgar and Portonovo.

Meaño

  • Difficulty Medium-Low
  • Estimated Duration 10min

If Sanxenxo represents the potential and the beauty of the Atlantic coast, Meaño, as a relaxed inland prolongation, regales us with its fertile, rural landscape with its crops (outstanding among which are the grapes of Albariño wine) and its rich granite.

With a population of approximately 6,000 inhabitants, Meaño exhibits its ethnographic beauty and civil architecture in Calvaries, hórreos (traditional granaries) — such as the “L” shaped one in Simes—, water mills — more than 70 in all the territory —, and pazos (manor houses) such as those of the Zárate and Lis families, besides its Romanic Churches, among which is the Church of Simes.

Besides all this demonstration of art, the vineyards laid out on the slopes also become true artistic creations. These are the famous Albariños — with the Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin — which personalise all the region of O Salnés: aromatic white, fruity and young wines which have achieved global prestige.

Meaño is a quiet municipality. Its select offer of rural tourism complements the multi-colour bustle of the nearby coast. The Route dos Muíños leads us on a walking tour of the water mills and every July this municipality gives praise to its Albariño wines at the Encontro de Viños de Autor. Several Wine Routes have been laid out all over the region of O Salnés.