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This is definitely a route of water and mills, a symbiosis between somewhere almost wild and the human touch that has cleverly intervened in Nature to improve it.
No sooner you set off than you come to four mills, part of an ethnographic site of seven of these typical rural Galician structures. At a level with the fourth mill, an enormous rock indicates an earthen track leading to a new construction, larger in size. The river and the vegetation merge in harmony and beauty around the site of the seventh mill.
The route lets you contemplate the most beautiful sections of the River Vexo. A short way before the mini power station, a diversion of a few minutes leads to a forge. After crossing the bridge that joins both banks, continuing through very attractive landscape, we go up to the reservoir that supplies the mini power station. Coming to the ninth mill on the route, a small autochthonous forest makes the most interesting part of the pathway.
In the municipal district of Coirós. The town of A Ponte Xora, on the bank of the River Vexo, is on the turn-off from the N-VI in the parish of Santa María de Oís and heading for Ponte Aranga.
The muíño (mill), also called muín or “acea”, plays a significant role in traditional Galician economy. In Galicia, almost all architectural types are represented, taking into account their driving force (water, tides, wind, etc.), their purpose (oil, oak-bark, paper or electricity) or their location. It was an important place for meeting with neighbors, narrating cantigas (countless ballads) and the origin of this region’s best-known folk dance: a muiñeira.
2.9 km the main route and 0.6 km the derivations both ways.
Point of Departure / Arrival
A Ponte Xora - UTM:29T X:572370 Y:4787750
A Ponte Xora, plant (mini power station) and A Ponte Xora.
In Coirós de Arriba.
cartography I.G.N. (1:25:000)
Nº 46-III Oza dos Ríos
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