A particular “Olympus”
Beaches, dunes and mudflats; cliffs, the Lobeiras islands and
sea reserve; the river with the legendary Ézaro waterfall, the
Celtic Olympus of O Pindo with its natural granite
sculptures, a national Point of Geological Interest. All this
makes up one of the most varied coastal spaces of the
region, where nature borders on greatness.
The beach of Carnota is the most extensive in Galicia. The
seven kilometre-long and half a kilometre-wide sands
extending in dunes, are entered by a channel in the north
through which the sea enters, creating a rich natural intertidal
plain. The fertility of this plain adjoining the mudflats
is evidenced by the famous granaries of Carnota, the biggest
grain and horticultural storage structures in Galicia.
The Pindo mountain rises up 627 metres just two kilometres
from the sea. The ascent to the summit of A Moa takes
about two hours and should be made with caution,
especially on the downward path. The track is guarded by
rocky figures in human form like the “warrior” and granite
castles which put gravity and the imagination to the test.
Easier to reach is the place where the Xallas fell into the sea
in the form of a waterfall before the damming of the river
upstream. In the tourist season when the sluices are opened
one can still admire the ferocity of one of Europe’s most
unique waterfalls. Because of all this, and based on the
similarity of its name with the Greek Mount Pindhos, O
Pindo is a special Celtic Olympus. A pioneer initiative also
exists on the coast of Carnota: this is a marine tourism
enterprise for the revaluation of artisan fishing and the
creation of a marine reserve, promoted by the Fishermen’s
Association of Lira itself.