Estuaries and beaches


43º 44' 14.3" N - 7º 42' 03.8" W


The Ría de O Barqueiro is well limited to the east and west. To the west it is flanked by the Bares peninsula, a narrow strip of land that stretches to the ocean, where its northernmost vortex is formed, the cape of Estaca de Bares. Here, at the foot of the old lighthouse, is the first wind park in Galicia. Very close by, the old water mills show the popular wisdom.
From mount Facho de Maeda, which rises to 331 metres, walkers have an exceptional viewpoint of the Cantabrian coastline that starts here. If we approach the place called Semáforo de Bares, a former coastal battery, we can see the mouth of the estuary. At its feet is Bares, a small, welcoming sea port with its cyclops peirao (quay) the origin of which is traditionally assigned to the Phoenicians and which, from the archaeological remains, would seem to be previous to the arrival of the Romans (1st century). In front of this, the eastern sector of the mouth of the estuary, the isle of Coelleira, called cunicularia in medieval times due to the abundance of rabbits, and which is currently another privileged place for contemplating the passing of migratory birds.
Inside the estuary, the ports of O Vicedo and O Barqueiro give the note of colour and human heat.
At the bottom, where the waters of the river Sor mix with the sea, is the isle and place of Negradas, a good example of a country village.
The town of O Barqueiro is one of the most beautiful prints of the Cantabrian coastline. It is located in a gentle amphitheatre opened by the river Sor. The houses lean, climbing the steep hillsides, and the whole scene is of extraordinary beauty.