MONTE ALOIA NATURAL PARK

The oldest natural park in Galicia

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The imagined mountain

Monte Aloia National Park

Mount Aloia is home to pre-historic and Roman remains and its history is shrouded in legend

Declared a Natural Park in 1979, the first in Galicia, Monte Aloia’s stand-out feature is its 629 m Alto de San Xiao peak. Forestry engineer Rafael Areses transformed this landscape a hundred years ago with an exotic reforestation that included autochthonous vegetation as well as other species, such as cypress, spruce and Lebanon cedar.

We recommend a visit to the "Casa Forestal" (Forest House), an attractive building that houses the Visitor Reception Centre. Mount Aloia is home to pre-historic and Roman remains and its history is shrouded in legend, such as the one affirming it as being the mythical Mount Medulio, scene of the collective suicide of Celtic tribes in order to avoid falling into the hands of the Roman invaders.

Following tradition, at the end of January a popular pilgrimage takes place from Tui up to the San Xiao chapel.

ACCESS: The most common way of reaching Monte Aloia is to go from Tui, taking the PO-340 road to Gondomar, which runs through the land of the Natural Park and has signposts indicating entrances and car parks.
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The best views

The best views

Discover the landscape of the Baixo Miño as far as the Cíes Islands from above

Don’t forget to bring along your binoculars.

Mount Aloia’s six vantage points do not disappoint on a clear day. You can enjoy the spectacular views of the Miño and Louro valleys, the River Miño estuary, Mount Santa Trega and the Cíes Islands.

The design of several of the vantage points is eye-catching, as stone railing imitating tree trunks to blend in with the environment has been put in place.

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Hiking on Mount Aloia

Hiking on Monte Aloia

Discover the pleasure of losing yourself all the while knowing exactly where you are going

The trails here are very easy for walkers.

The Muíños do Tripes trail is made up of walkways and wooden bridges taking us by an ensemble of restored mills. The Rego da Pedra route can be started at the Forest House itself or in the village of Frinxo, taking us along an old stone waterway built to carry water to the crops.

  Difficulty Distance Time Type
Senda das UdenciasLOW600 m30 minLINEAL
Senda botánicaLOW400 m30 minLINEAR
Rego de PedraMEDIUM2,4 Km1,30 hCIRCULAR
Muíños do TripesLOW / MEDIUM2,5 Km1,30 hCIRCULAR
Muíños de Paredes / Muíños do DeiqueMEDIUM / ALTA6,5 Km3,30 hLINEAL
Castro Alto dos CubosLOW4,5 Km2 hCIRCULAR
Cabana-CabaciñaLOW / MEDIUM2 Km1 hCIRCULAR
A MurallaMEDIUM2,5 Km2 hCIRCULAR

 

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Baixo Miño route

Baixo Miño Route

Embark on a trip across the shared territory of Mounts Aloia and Santa Tegra, the Atlantic Ocean and the River Miño

We suggest a 3-day route whose final aim is to get to know the Park and take in a view of the land you have crossed from the highest part of the trail followed to reach this point. You can drive part of the route in combination with short walks.

On the first day, we visit Baiona and Oia and end the day in A Guarda, on Mount Santa Trega.

On the second day, we head for O Rosal, headquarters of several D.O. Rías Baixas wineries, and visit the towns of Goián and Tomiño.

The last day is set aside for visiting the historic city of history city of Tui and Monte Aloia Natural Park.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Nature interpretation centre – Casa Forestal Frinxo, 37
Pazos de Reis 36715. Tui
T. 886 120 650

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Do not miss
Do not miss
A selection of four highly recommended visits that will not leave you indifferent and that embody the essence of Mount Aloia Natural Park
Stone Cross
Stone Cross

Climb to the top of San Xiao to take in the spectacular view of the River Miño and see the cross built in 1900 to celebrate the new century.

Castro Alto dos Cubos
Castro Alto dos Cubos

Visit the archaeological remains of this Pre-Roman settlement during a 4.5 km route beginning in the village of Frinxo.

Botanic trail
Botanic trail

A short route close to the Forest House with information panels explaining the plant diversity and identifying the species in the area through games.

The Engineer Ramón Areses’ Forest House
The Engineer Ramón Areses’ Forest House

An original building dating back to 1921, it is home to a permanent exhibition and detailed information on the Park.

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