The peace of nature
The Aloia knows that it is attractive, set as it is in
an area touched by a benign climate and exuberant
nature. A green mountain which also has solid
roots set in the granite. Throughout its history it
has been put to defensive, religious, forestry and
recreational use. It was the first Natural Park in
Galicia, and here it is, in complicity with the river,
which, at its feet, begins to say its goodbyes before
giving itself up to the sea.
The hills of O Galiñeiro, which rises up as a small
hill range on the coast, starts from a height of less
than one hundred metres and ascends to 629
metres at the peak of San Xián. The hill dominates
the landscape, described as an observation point
over the Miño. All the streams that flow from the
Aloia seek the Miño valley in a short but rough
journey, an indication of their milling past.
The location of the Park in one of the most densely
populated areas of Galicia and the north of
Portugal provides it with great environmental
education possibilities. Thus, the house built by the
Tui forestry expert Rafael Areses in 1921 is now
used as a Visitors’ Centre.
On clear days the panoramic views from the Aloia
will not fail to please. This is an area closely linked
to open-air leisure activities, especially hill-walking.
It is included in the network of routes throughout
O Baixo Miño, which runs to here from the city of