Touro - A Coruña

42º 49' 28.1" N - 8º 16' 20.5" W
42º 51' 55.7" N - 8º 17' 13.6" W


The route starts at Ponte Basebe, where the municipalities of Touro and Vila de Cruces come together, and goes along the banks of the Rivers Ulla, Beseño and Lañas. The route barely leaves the banks of these rivers, and via an ongoing slight uphill path leads us to the end of the path in the recreation area of Ponte Santaia.
You can visit some of the mills that once occupied part of the locals’ daily activities. The waters of the River Lañas once fed the Carballa Mill, now completely restored, and Santaia Mill, among others.
There are also beautiful natural spaces in lush forests, where formerly people gathered firewood and chestnuts. On the stretch by the River Ulla you can still see the remains of some old fisheries that were used to catch river fish.
The waterfall known as Salto das Pombas is another attraction in this area, located in a place known as Montes de Fao – the falls are ten metres high.
The more technical areas of the trail have been endowed with steps and boardwalks to make it easier to cross and make the route suitable for anyone who decides to visit this place.


You can reach Touro on the 0605-AC or AC-240, off the N-547 between Santiago de Compostela and Arzúa. In the centre of the town follow the signs for Basebe, where you will find the bridge and the panel indicating the beginning of the route.

A plus


Are buildings located on the banks of the rivers specially designed for catching salmon, lamprey, eels and shad. The most common consist of ashlar block walls aligned parallel to or across the river, where the currents push the fish through narrow passages, among which is a conical net (called a “boteirón” in the Galician language), which is placed at the end of the passages.
The first fisheries date from before the twelfth century, traps made of wooden poles or simple structures made by rearranging the river stones. In the fifteenth century there is evidence of more intricate constructions.
The progressive abandonment of these river infrastructures, given that they were not profitable, took them to the brink of extinction. Only some buildings remained almost in their original state, as is the case with the fisheries in the Municipality of Arbo (Pontevedra).


9 km.

Point of Departure / Arrival

Point of arrival: Ponte Santaia recreational area (Touro) - UTM:29T X:558358 Y:4746338
Starting point: Ponte Basebe (Touro) - UTM:29T X:559597 Y:4741802


Basebe bridge, Salto das Pombas waterfall, Carballa Mill, Santaia Mill, Ponte Santaia Recreational Area.


Media - Baixa


3 hours e 30 minutes.


Off the route, in Fonte Díaz.


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Bicycle access

Partially suitable

Horse access

Partially suitable

cartography I.G.N. (1:25:000)

95-IV Touro y 121-II Carbia

Further information

Concello de Touro
Tel.: 981 504 029

Federación Galega de Montañismo
Tel.: 986 208 758 / Fax: 986 207 407

Segatur (Sendeiros de Galicia para o Turismo Rural S.L.)
Tel. 654 165 730 / 886 117 011

Kind of route

Small travel


Natural interest


Initial pickup date: 01/08/2019