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Ría de Muros e Noia

GEO-DESTINATION

Ría de Muros e Noia

Muros to the north and Noia  to the east are the capitals of this quiet and beautiful river.

Estuary

ESTUARIES AND BEACHES

Estuary "Ría de Muros e Noia"

The estuary offers countless beaches, archaeological remains...

Hidden heritage

A Piece of History in the Muros e Noia Estuary

El patrimonio oculto de las tierras que bordean la ría de Muros e Noia va a proporcionarnos un gran hato de sorpresas: castro rodeados por el mar, losas que hablan, cruceros, molinos y mucha de nuestra historia grabada en piedra.

The hidden heritage of the lands bordering the Muros and Noia estuary is going to be filled with many surprises: fortified pre-Roman Iron Age villages surrounded by the sea, talking stone slabs, crosses, mills and much of our history, engraved in stone.

Interesting!

  • Starting point: Porto do Son
  • Destination: Muros
  • Days: 2
  • Km (approx): 70 Km
"All I am saying is that there is no monastery in Galicia – no matter how big and thick it may be – whose wealth is greater or more qualified than that of San Xusto".
Antonio Yepes, Crónica General de la Orden de San Benedictino
Other information of interest...
Centro de Interpretación del Castro de Baroña:
: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. More information at  www.portodoson.org..
Molino de Mareas de Pozo del Cachón: 981 826 050

Route - Day 1

We'll kick off our adventure in the lands of Porto do Son, in the fortified pre-Roman Iron Age of Baroña hilltop settlement of Baroña. Access to the fort is on foot over a dirt road guarded by a large pine forest and a beautiful beach.

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Protected by rocks, the sea and two masonry walls surrounding it, this hilltop fortress has managed to maintain the 20 round or oval dwellings – among which we can still walk – inside of it in perfect condition. For a just moment, look at how hard the waves beat against the rocks and feel the Atlantic wind on your skin... without a doubt, this is a perfect snapshot of these fortified pre-Roman Iron Age villages! When you reach the centre of the village, visit the Centro de Interpretación del Castro de Baroña (Baroña Hilltop Fort Interpretation Centre) where you can discover and soak up more about the life and culture of these hillside forts through the panels, original pieces, reproductions and guided tours. The centre is located in the building that housed the old Town Council. Since you're already in Porto do Son, it's worth it to take a little walk round the harbour and enjoy a delicious snack at one of its sidewalk cafes.
Continuing along the coastline we reach the "Little Compostela", as the town of Noia is known, where we can listen to gravestones speaking. For this revelation, one must visit the church of Santa María a Nova, built over a Quintana de Mortos ("Village of the Dead"). This cemetery, which preserves a large collection of tombstones, was made with soil brought from the Holy Land in galleons from Noia, according to one of the many local legends. Once inside this Gothic church, stroll about and enjoying the play of light provided by its impressive rose window. Sit down and take a leisurely look at the Plateresque chapel and Baroque-style altar. But what you'll most certainly notice about this church converted into a museum are the enormous guild-related tombstones flanking its walls. Among the more than two hundred tombstones, you can see the pick and hammer of a mason, the scissors of a tailor, the knife of a butcher, along with the characteristic anchor of the sailors or the anthropoid figures of noblemen. The oldest are those that represent mediaeval crafts.
You can't leave Noia without paying a visit to its Old Town, with its charming squares and arcades worthy of any mediaeval village. Indeed, every year in the month of July, this area is adorned with period banners as it celebrates its famous Mediaeval Fair.
We leave these stone monuments and direct our steps to the town of Lousame, where we will discover the Berrimes Cross of the Descent of Christ, the work of Santeiro de Chave. In fact, the entire town is rich in these architectural elements that dot hills, crossroads, fountains, courtyards and even bridges.
Also in Lousame, we'll visit the monastery of San Xusto de Toxosoutos, which we can reach by hiking a trail along the River San Xusto. A nice walk in green-filled surroundings outline, filled with waterfalls, mediaeval bridges and the ruins of old factories. When you've reached the monastery, wander among the remains that are still preserved, such as the mills, the truck garden or the dovecot. The peace and quiet permeating this place is broken only by the flow of water over the rocks.
In the nearby town of Rois, we'll find another little gem: the Baroque church of San Vicente de Augas Santas, which contains altarpieces dating back to 1738. To finish of this first day, we'll head to Muros. Take advantage of the fact that it's on the way, and make one last stop before the Eiroa Cross of the Descent of Christ, a work dating from 1879 carved from a single block of granite.
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