La Península do Barbanza

The land of the castros

Bordering and entering the peninsula of Barbanza means discovering the place with the highest concentration of prehistoric remains found in Galicia. Funerary tumuli, petroglyphs and forts give an account of the enormous archaeological wealth of this area of breathtaking nature and spectacular beaches and viewpoints.

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La Península do Barbanza

Bordering and entering the peninsula of Barbanza means discovering the place with the highest concentration of prehistoric remains found in Galicia. Funerary tumuli, petroglyphs and forts give an account of the enormous archaeological wealth of this area of breathtaking nature and spectacular beaches and viewpoints.

Rianxo is the cradle of notable writers such as Manuel Antonio, Rafael Dieste or one of the most international Galicians: Alfonso Daniel Rodríguez Castelao. It has an old town and a small charming harbour with bars where you can taste delicious tapas. Its municipal area includes beaches such as Tanxil, that offers good services and is surrounded by an excellent promenade, Playa de las Conchas, which offers the possibility of practicing water sports, and other less crowded beaches such as Playa da Aceveira or Tres Cruces, with proper nature conservation status.
The most important festival of Rianxo is the Fiesta de Guadalupe, which takes place between September 8 and 15. The first Sunday after the 8th, the neighbours take the Virgin to a maritime procession. At 12 o'clock at night, all the lights of the town are turned off and thousands of people sing in unison A Rianxeira, a popular Galician song dedicated to Nosa Señora de Guadalupe.
Like the rest of the peninsula of Barbanza, Rianxo is rich in prehistoric sites, among which we should mention the Asados dolmen. Horreos (Galician granaries), mills and pazos (Galician country houses) spread this municipality that borders with the province of Pontevedra.
Continuing towards Boiro is the village of Taragoña with its wide beach. From there, going up to the Castro viewpoint, you get a wide view of the entire Asados valley, the cove of Rianxo, Barbanza and the estuary of Arousa. If you want to spend the night in this area, a good option is to do it in Boiro. In the vicinity of the urban beach of Barraña, which extends from Rebordelo to the estuary of the Coroño River, we will find a campsite and a service area for campers. The 3 km-long promenade along this sandy area has a good sports and leisure infrastructure: an outdoor fitness park, a cycle path, soccer and volleyball fields, a training area, playgrounds and accessible sites.

If you want to spend the night in this area, a good option is to do it in Boiro. In the vicinity of the urban beach of Barraña, which extends from Rebordelo to the estuary of the Coroño River, we will find a campsite and a service area for campers. The 3 km-long promenade along this sandy area has a good sports and leisure infrastructure: an outdoor fitness park, a cycle path, soccer and volleyball fields, a training area, playgrounds and accessible sites. Another point of great magnetism because of its impressive views is the viewpoint of the mountain of A Curota, located about 500 meters above sea level. In its valley there is one of the natural treasures of A Pobra do Caramiñal, the natural pools of the river Pedras, a series of pools formed by the river in the rocks. In this seaside town, which has the only tree-lined avenue of Galicia that is located on the edge of the sea, you can visit the museum dedicated to Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, who used to live in this town. Its head office is in La Torre, a historical-artistic monument of national interest as it is a 16th-century plateresque-style construction and one of the best Galician examples of the Renaissance in a civil building.
In the most western part of the peninsula is the Natural Park of the Dunes of Corrubedo, belonging to the Council of Ribeira. In this protected natural area of 1,000 hectares there are dune areas (4 km), idyllic beaches, freshwater and saltwater lagoons, marshes and a great variety of fauna and flora. Here, where the first human settlements left their imprint, the most famous monument is the Axeitos dolmen. The Pedra das Cabras is another must see. In this area of enormous wealth in megalithic monuments, the main attraction is, however, its mobile dune that is unique in Galicia, with an extension of more than a kilometre in length, 250 meters wide and a height of 20 meter. It can be visited through a network of roads and footbridges from the Interpretation Center without invading the dune zone. The freshwater lagoon of Vixán and the brackish of Carregal are also of great interest.

Already in the region of Noia, the beaches of Xuño and As Furnas in the municipality of Porto do Son are an obligatory stop for lovers of surfing, bird watching and long walks by the sea. These two sandbanks (they form actually one because they are united) present an untouched environment with fine white sand and crystal clear turquoise water wells. From these beaches, which often receive the brave visit of the waves and the wind, you can plan a route through footbridges and roads, and approach the lagoons of Xuño and Muro. It is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset

Continuing north, we find the mouth of the river Sieira. This small river starts in the heart of A Serra do Barbanza, about 400 meters above sea level, and pours its waters into a beautiful beach of the same name. On its path, where the Royal Road used to run centuries ago, you can find a small medieval stone bridge in the shape of an arch that is still preserved.

The main attraction of this area is probably the Castro de Baroña, the most important and best preserved Neolithic fortified settlement in Galicia. Its history goes back to the Iron Age and its beauty and uniqueness reside in the place chosen to erect this settlement: a small rocky peninsula, separated from the land by an isthmus of sand. A place of enormous attraction and a must see.

When leaving Porto do Son, we enter the main town that gives name to the estuary: Noia. It has its origin in the Middle Ages and its historical centre speaks of a stately past linked to the sea and the stone with emblazoned houses, arcaded streets, churches and squares. The Gothic houses of the fourteenth century gave Noia its current appearance. Among them we can highlight Casa da Xouva, Pazo Dacosta, Rúa do Forno do Rato and Casa do Rosa. The quiet beaches that surround the area in the tranquillity of the estuary and the great atmosphere that comes with the arrival of the good weather make the town an ideal place to enjoy unforgettable holidays.

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