The Mar de Arousa and Río Ulla Route

Stage: Arousa North

  • Difficulty Medium
  • Estimated Duration 50min

Ribeira

  • Difficulty Medium-Low
  • Estimated Duration 10min

To the north of the Ría, lie Ribeira and its Isle of Sálvora, which are the gateways of the maritime-river route to Compostela. Besides its natural and monumental attractions, Ribeira has an important fishing harbour, the leader in inshore fishing in Spain. Products leave its fish market every day for Europe.

The coastline offers magnificent beaches such as those of Río Azor, Coroso, O Castro and A Furna. Natural spectacles such as the surroundings of Corrubedo and its dune complex. Viewpoints which provide us with panoramas of the grand Ría:San RoquePedra da Rá and Monte Facho, among others.

The prehistoric legacy also provides us with valuable testimonies in the form of megalithic monuments — presided over by the impressive Dolmen de Axeitos —, and fortifications such as that of A Cidá. In Aguiño, there are even the remains of a possible port of Phoenician origin.

Every summer, Ribeira celebrates the fiestas of its patron saint — on September 12 —, the Festa da Dorna — on July 24 — and the Festa do Percebe (cockle), in Aguiño. The restaurants there carefully prepare the excellent sea products with brilliant results.

A Pobra do Caramiñal

  • Difficulty Medium-Low
  • Estimated Duration 10min

A Pobra do Caramiñal is one of the best conserved towns in the ría de Arousa. It has immense historical-artistic treasures seen in its interesting Churches and Pazos (Manor Houses). In its present day coat of arms can be seen its Jacobean hallmark: a boat sailing under two scallop shells.

The municipality is the result of the merger of two towns in the XIX century: A Pobra do Deán and the town of O Caramiñal. At that time, the local preserves industry, owned by Catalans, enjoyed its period of maximum splendour.

Among the outstanding Pazos are the Torre Bermúdez, which houses the Museo Valle-Inclán. There can be seen objects related to the life of the illustrious writer, who said that he had been born on a boat in the middle of the Ría de Arousa, between Vilanova and A Pobra.

A Pobra is today an attractive municipality with lively beaches in July and August, natural routes in the Serra de O Barbanza or literary routes, following the steps of the immortal dramatist and novelist Ramón María del Valle Inclán.