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Ría de Arousa


Ría de Arousa

The largest of the Rias Baixas is a wise mix of nature, art, maritime tradition and – nowadays – the best leisure activities...



Estuary "Ría de Arousa"

Is the largest of Galicia's estuaries. Beaches and more beaches...

Lighthouses and wild beaches

Beaches in the Estuary of Arousa

Legend has it that when God had created the world, he rested his hands on Galicia and thereby made the estuaries. In this route along the estuary of Arousa, we will have the chance to discover an area full of legends of Moors, pirates and mermaids that blend into a magical environment, inviting us into a dream.


  • Starting point: Corrubedo (Ribeira)
  • Destination: Sanxenxo
  • Days: 2
  • Km (approx): 123
O Sálvora, o San Vicente
O Sálvora, farewell Mourente,
O Sálvora, eyes of the estuary
for good lasses in Vilagarcía
     Popular Galician Song
Go and bathe in nine waves
before the day comes up
and take with you
the nine leaves of the olive tree.
      Popular Romance 

Route - Day 1

We start the first day of this route at one of the key points on the beautiful coastline of the estuary of Arousa: in the municipality of Ribeira. One of the natural jewels of Galicia awaits us - the Natural Park of Corrubedo.

Before feeling its impressive dunes, the first star on our journey is the great sentry of the Atlantic, Corrubedo lighthouse, which has been working since 1854. Its front is semicircular towards the sea and rectangular towards land, in order to mitigate the effects of the violent storms that tend to affect the area. From there, you can enjoy the power and intensity of the Atlantic, the only thing between you and the New Continent.
The initial purpose of this lighthouse was to draw attention to the high risk of the rocky areas that abound on this shore, although it did not always fulfil its purpose. Over many years of activity, the lighthouse has witnessed various shipwrecks. The sinking of the ocean liner Santa Isabel opposite the island of Sálvora, probably due to confusion between the lighthouses of Corrubedo and Sálvora, led to the light being changed from white to red, which earned it the nickname of the “communist lighthouse”.
Leaving this spot behind, we head off on our way to the next destination. We exchange paved roads for wooden and sand pathways, coming into the Natural Park of Corrubedo. There, camouflaged among the wild environment of the area, you will find the Casa da Costa Interpretation Centre (CIELGA), an educational space that features exhibitions on this unique ecosystem. The real pearls of the site are the dunes of Corrubedo and Carregal and Vixán lagoons, which cover an area of 1,000 hectares between the parishes of Corrubedo, Artes and Carreira. Ask biologists any questions you may have and then put what you have learned into practice by exploring and leaving your footprints on the white sand beaches of Vilar and Ladeira, inside the Natural Park. You should also visit the spectacular strand formed during a slow process by a dam which gave shape to Carregal lagoon. The wind allowed the development of several other dune strands, many of which have been stabilised by vegetation, but also a mobile one, the largest in the northwest of the peninsula.
Legend has it that the town of Valverde is submerged in Carregal lagoon, where the Moors defeated by Charlemagne lived. Traces of this legend can be seen in the footprints of the horse of Roland, nephew of Charlemagne, engraved in a rock by the lagoon when he asked, after sunset, for one more hour of daylight to destroy his enemies. This is why there is still one more hour of daylight after dusk.
Following the thread of this legend, we head towards the port of Aguiño so that a boat can take us to the mysterious island of Sálvora. According to the story, Roland, doubtless wounded, managed to escape from the battle of Roncesvalles and take refuge on this island in Arousa. One day, while he was walking along the beach, he came across a beautiful girl who came out of the sea, and fell hopelessly in love with her ... and she turned out to be a mermaid! So great was his love for Mariña (as he himself named her) that they had a son, the origin of the Mariño family line. As a result of this mythical story, you will find a stone statue of a mermaid welcoming you to the island and pointing out the stone path that leads to the lighthouse of Sálvora, the sentinel of the estuary of Arousa, together with San Vicente in O Grove.

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