Noah’s Ark with the dove carrying an olive sprig in its beak on Noia’s municipal coat of arms, represents
its legendary foundation. It is the head of an estuary where numerous smaller rivers join the Tambre,
including the Traba, which crosses under the Noia bridge. They all form a complex estuary system, hardly
navigable at high tide, where country landscapes coexist with seascapes. Three quarters of the protected
space belong to this sea-land habitat, to the port of O Freixo (Outes) on one side and the beach of Boa
Grande on the other.
The mouth of the Tambre can be contemplated by taking the turnoff on the old road at the Nafonso
bridge, which has twenty arches, one for every year it took to build it in the 14th century, and the last one
half twisted according to the popular saying. The village, set amidst bulrushes surrounded by tree-covered
hills, transmits the serenity of the landscape. There are many walks and lookout points, such as that of
Monte Tremuzo (514 m).
The Tambre river is worthy of a visit. Its last three kilometres run through a steep gorge with a granite rock
face between Lueiro (Negreira) and Cornada-
A Graña (Brión). A good departure point is
the historic building of the Tambre I
hydroelectric power station, designed by the
Galician architect Antonio Palacios. From its
recreation area and the suspension bridge,
with views of the old lamprey pesqueiras
(stone walls built for lamprey fishing), a path
leads through small woods of indigenous
trees to the Devesa de Nimo.