routenameKmlevel of difficulty
R1Circuíto do MONTE DA ESCUSA6,8 KmBlue difficulty
R2Ruta dos MUÍÑOS DE ARMENTEIRA8,2 KmBlue difficulty
R3Ruta dos OUTEIROS DE SILVÁN6,7 KmBlue difficulty
R4Circuíto do VAL DE MEIS13,8 KmRed difficulty
R5Ruta da CHANCA9,5 KmRed difficulty
R6Ruta do MONTE SAN MARTIÑO15,2 KmRed difficulty
R7Panorámica do MONTE CASTROVE12,2 KmBlack difficulty
R8Ruta de BORDÓNS13,4 KmBlack difficulty
R9Vistas de AROUSA14,3 KmDificultade negra
R10Circuíto de CAMPO LADRÓN17,4 kmDificultad negra

 You can see the details of the different routes on a computer or GPS with GPX. and KMZ. files. The GPX co-ordinates are GPS data exchange files and need the right programme to import them into your GPS. The KMZ co-ordinates are files with geographical data that can be seen with the free programme Google Earth.

 

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R1 - Circuíto do Monte da Escusa

R1

This is the easiest route of the whole network; it starts next to the car park and the reception point and goes round the Golf Course.

Along the route of almost 7 km you will enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Pontevedra and Arousa Estuaries and the O Morrazo and O Barbanza Sierras. Some of the sections run through pine woods, making it easy to find wild mushrooms or see semi-wild horses grazing among the trees. A place worth stopping at is the O Castro Recreational Area, in the Poio municipal district, where the beauty of the surroundings is increased by the sea views. In the vicinity of the village of A Escusa and its curro (animal enclosure), in Tras do Foxo, the route briefly shares a section with route 10.

Starting pointMeis Golf Course car park.
UTM 29T 523150 4702200
 max. heightaltitude differencelevel of difficultyconnection routes
520128 mEasy10
Finish pointMeis Golf Course car park.
UTM 29T 523150 4702200
min. heightmax. inclinedistancetimeIBP index
41812,5%6.8Km40'11

 

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R2 - Ruta dos Muíños de Armenteira

R2

The route joins the Barrantes watermills (Ribadumia) with the Cistercian monastery of A Armenteira (Meis).

The route coincides on many points with the famous Ruta da Pedra e da Auga hiking path, which means cyclists must slow down and give priority to passers-by. From the Barrantes watermills the route starts the ascent of the first sections of little difficulty along side the River Armenteira until it passes by the reconstructed O Serén watermills and the unique sculptural monument of "Aldea Labrega" in Meis. The route gains altitude and difficulty in the last section, moving away from the river´s complicated course and approaching the village of Silván. Later, in a short asphalted section, the route goes back along the river to slowly reach the monastery.

On this itinerary, you will enjoy leafy river landscapes and the rich popular architecture along this small river. At the end of the route a visit to A Armenteira Monastery is a must. Via this route you can make the most of the whole network, as it connects with Routes 6 and 9 in Barrantes and with Routes 3 and 5 in A Armenteira.

Starting pointMills of Barrantes. A Ponte Nova.
UTM 29T 518675 4704775
 max. heightaltitude differencelevel of difficultyconnection routes
276370 mEasy3-5-6-9
Finish pointA Armenteira Monastery.
UTM 29T 521300 4701575
min. heightmax. inclinedistancetimeIBP index
1515%8.2Km55'31

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R3 - Ruta dos Outeiros de Silván

R3

It starts along side the A Armenteira River and Monastery. Despite being a short route, it presents some difficulty at the beginning and the end.

It slowly zigzags between the houses of Vilar, many of which are made of stone and in traditional style, until heading deeper into the somewhat winding A Cova do Raposo Wood. However, the small effort is worthwhile when the cyclist reaches Os Outeiros de Silván and, among the trees, a clear horizon of green valleys and agricultural and wine-growing landscapes opens up, scattered with small hillocks with dense perennial woods. Most of this itinerary, both northwards and southwards on the way back, coincides with route 10, linking up with most of the other itineraries.

Starting pointA Armenteira Monastery.
UTM 29T 521300 4701575
 max. heightaltitude differencelevel of difficultyconnection routes
371142 mEasy5-10
Finish pointA Armenteira Monastery.
UTM 29T 521300 4701575
min. heightmax. inclinedistancetimeIBP index
26213%6.8Km30''17

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R4 - Circuito do Val de Meis

R4

To discover the Valley of Meis, cyclists can follow this circular route which starts at the San Tomé de Nogueira Recreational Area.

The streams that accompany you along the first section, San Tomé and Manela, flow northwards to form the River Cañón, which ends in the Umia. Later, the route advances between the land consolidation and the O Salnés dual carriageway to reach San Salvador de Meis. Now the San Martiño and Campo Ladrón streams form a valley which descends eastwards, whilst the route begins an ascent up the side of A Pedra da Valada to reach the hillsides of A Escusa Mountain. Along the way it is a good idea to stop off at the small chapel of San Nicolao in Casillaflor. From here, the way back to Arcos Mountain offers magnificent views of this fertile valley to end the route along side the restored Arcos watermills.

The start of the route coincides with Route 6 up to the vicinity of the Church of San Tomé de Nogueira. It also coincides in the Recreational Area with Routes 7 y 10.

Circuito do val de Meis
Starting pointArcos Recreational Area
UTM 29T 524800 4706175
 max. heightaltitude differencelevel of difficultyconnection routes
269305 mDifficult6-7-10
Finish pointArcos Recreational Area
UTM 29T 524800 4706175
min. heightmax. inclinedistancetimeIBP index
6814%13.8Km1h 15'26

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R5 - Ruta da Chanca

R5

The route leads the cyclists to the source of the River A Chanca, a river basin which is one of the axes of the town of Meaño and flows into the short kilometre of coastline belonging to this mainly inland town district.

The river has various watermills, many of which have been restored, and, therefore, at the end of the route it is a good idea to spend some time visiting them. From A Armenteira Monastery, the route ascends and crosses Valdedeus and Valboa. It later descends through mixed forest to the riverbanks of the source of the River A Chanca, where it coincides with route 9, and returns uphill to O Outeiro de Valdedeus, crossing the sources of the River Armenteira on its way. From the crossroads with route 8 which comes from Sanxenxo, the way back to the monastery is downhill, at first a gentle slope followed by a steeper section, along the Caroi paths.

This route is characterised by the agricultural landscapes of smallholdings and mixed forest, with small surprises in the shape of short cruceiros (crosses) or fun, rapid descents.

Starting pointA Armenteira Monastery.
UTM 29T 521300 4701575
 max. heightaltitude differencelevel of difficultyconnection routes
418286 mDifficult3-8-9-10
Finish pointA Armenteira Monastery.
UTM 29T 521300 4701575
min. heightmax. inclinedistancetimeIBP index
25312%9.5Km40'21

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R6 - Ruta do Monte San Martiño

R6

This itinerary starts at a crossroads between rutas 7 and 10, and coincides in the first section with route 4 whilst it goes down the right-hand bank of the San Tomé stream.

They separate before reaching the parish church and Route 6 becomes urban whilst it crosses the centre of Mosteiro, the capital of the district of Meis. It soon returns to a more rural setting, winding between the banks of San Tomé stream, Manela stream and the River Cañón. The small villages of Quintáns and A Pubuxeira, between crops and vines, mark the bicycles´ course as they make their way to the first uphill climbs of Zacande Mountain, before San Martiño Mountain. The Atlantic forest and the pine reforestation combine and, from time to time, offer views of the Valley of Meis. As the path descends towards Guimeráns and Arosa the vines take over the horizon, showing the riches of these lands.

Starting pointArcos Recreational Area
UTM 29T 524800 4706175
 max. heightaltitude differencelevel of difficultyconnection routes
182275 mDifficult2-4-7-10
Finish pointRego de A Armenteira. A Lomba.
UTM 29T 519813 4704454
min. heightmax. inclinedistancetimeIBP index
2016%15.2Km1h 40'26

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R7 - Panorámica do Monte Castrove

R7

From the greenness and freshness of the River San Tomé at Arcos Recreational Area, the route travels uphill along the northern side of Castrove Mountain showing an itinerary of beautiful views.

The section, which coincides with route 10, is spacious and easy to follow, although over a short distance it gains great height. You can enjoy the view given by the altitude: Xiabre Mountain between Vilagarcía de Arousa and Caldas de Reis; the lands of Barro, Moraña or Cuntis; and, in the distance, Xesteiras Mountain. On reaching Pousadoiro the ascent is gentler until Porteliña dos Lagos, when route 10 takes a different direction. In the vicinity we find the curro (animal enclosure), the Chapel of San Ramón and the small village of A Escusa, where we can buy high quality honey.

The route now turns northwards and runs around the peak of the mountain to start a sharp, vertiginous descent to return to Arcos.

Starting pointArcos Recreational Area
UTM 29T 524800 4706175
 max. heightaltitude differencelevel of difficultyconnection routes
491378 mVery difficult4-6-10
Finish pointArcos Recreational Area
UTM 29T 524800 4706175
min. heightmax. inclinedistancetimeIBP index
15519%12.2Km1h42

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R8 - Ruta de Bordóns

R8

From the tourist town of Sanxenxo, cyclists can join this network of routes starting from San Pedro de Bordóns.

On the ascent, among leafy woods, the route goes towards A Chan de Gorita with views of Pontevedra Estuary. The route enters the district of Meaño and reaches A Chan do Couto where it crosses the road that goes to A Armenteira, a good place to take some photographs. The path reaches O Busto and continues downhill among pine trees to reach the rock carvings of O Outeiro do Cribo, an important prehistoric example of stone engravings, of which there are many in Galicia. The rock carving shows deer and a maze dating back to around 1,500 or 1,000 BC; as well as a horse with rider attributed to 6th C. BC.

A short distance away, the itinerary connects with route 5 in O Outeiro de Valdedeus and continues its course to the humid Tomada da Sobreira, where it rapidly descends to A Armenteira Monastery.

Starting pointSan Pedro de Bordóns
UTM 29T 517825 4695200
 max. heightaltitude differencelevel of difficultyconnection routes
432424 mVery difficult3-5-10
Finish pointMonasterio de Armenteira.
UTM 29T 521300 4701575
min. heightmax. inclinedistancetimeIBP index
10714%13.4Km1h 10'48

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R9 - Vistas de Arousa

R9

From the Church of Sta. María de Simes the route ascends along the right-hand bank of the River A Chanca and connects with route 5 which comes from A Armenteira.

The wood hides the views that we will enjoy later on, but it is surprising to be separated from buildings in such a highly populated area. Firstly westwards and then northwards, the route progresses to reach the well-hidden Castro de Vara where it comes into contact with the dual carriageway and passes along side it. In the descent, we can have a pleasant rest next to the restored Fofán stream watermill, before climbing uphill to the small but very impressive viewpoint of San Cibrán. From the top, the views really make the climb worthwhile: A Lanzada, O Grove, Cambados, the islands of Arousa and A Toxa...

Later on, in a descent of some three kilometres which combines gentle downhill paths and winding slopes, the route ends along side Route 2, making it easy to reach the start of the A Pedra and Auga footpath.

Starting pointSimes. Meaño
UTM 29T 519700 4698400
 max. heightaltitude differencelevel of difficultyconnection routes
317502 mVery difficult2-5
Finish pointRego de A Armenteira. A Lomba
UTM 29T 519900 4704675
min. heightmax. inclinedistancetimeIBP index
2020%14.3Km1h 40'48

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R10 - Circuíto do Campo Ladrón

R10

It is undoubtedly the most demanding route and it connects with most of the other routes, coinciding in various sections with some of these.

At the start, uphill, it coincides with route 7 and also presents the difficulty of being the return section of this route, which means cyclists must take certain precautions. On reaching A Escusa the route turns right along side the curro (animal enclosure) and connects with route 1 for a short way. Later, it descends along Campo Ladrón, crosses the stream of the same name and draws level on the track, along which route 3 runs above Silván. The views are amazing and the wood is very enjoyable. On reaching A Armenteira it joins other routes, and is a good place to take a rest in the local bars. The route turns northwards and continues along Os Outeiros de Silván. Later, it crosses San Martiño stream and changes course to go around O Pousadoiro and return across A Xesteira Mountain.

Starting pointArcos Recreational Area
UTM 29T 524800 4706175
 max. heightaltitude differencelevel of difficultyconnection routes
487612 mVery difficult1-3-4-5-6-7
Finish pointArcos Recreational Area
UTM 29T 524800 4706175
min. heightmax. inclinedistancetimeIBP index
15519%17.4Km1h 45'71

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