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The greater part of the route is located within the “Ons - O Grove” Natural Area, part of the Natura 2000 network. We start the journey along the coast, enjoying beautiful beaches with crystal-clear waters and fine sand. Visiting the old salting factory known as Salgadeira de Barcela is an absolute must.
After leaving the coast, the landscape takes on the common characters of rural Galicia, where grasslands and agricultural areas accompany us down to the end of the road in As Rodeiras.
The route takes its name from the archaeological remains of the necropolis known as Adro Vello, located on the shore, next to O Carreiro beach. Throughout history it has housed a Roman villa, a salting factory and other settlements of ancient people. PR-G 115 Ruta do Adro Vello Excavation work in recent years has brought to light tombs and traces of Roman walls, paving and the foundations of the early Visigothic church - in the 18th century, due to frequent raids by pirates and damage from rough seas, the church was moved to a safer place, where the present-day church of San Vicente stands.
The site is now fenced off and closed to the public.
Take exit 119 from the AP-9 to O Grove on the AG-41. On coming to the peninsula of O Grove, take the PO-317 through San Vicente do Mar towards San Vicente do Grove. From here go down to the remains of Adro Vello, next to Carreiro beach.
The Ways of St. James
The Route of the Sea of Arousa and River Ulla
Salgadeira (salting factories)
The Phoenicians brought with them the art of
salting fish. After them, the Romans promoted
this method of conservation with the transport
of fish and seafood to the rest of the Empire.
From the late 18th century to the mid 1900’s the
salting factories marked out the economy in the
Arousa Estuary, changing from a craftsmans’
task into an industrial activity. Families from
Catalonia started this economic activity in
Galicia, locating their factories in sheltered
coves with easy access for fishing boats.
The process lost momentum in the late 19th
century, leaving the way open for a thriving
industry in the region: fish canning.
Main route is 3.03 km and the diversion 80m.
Point of Departure / Arrival
Point of arrival: As Rodeiras (O Grove) - UTM:29T X:505587 Y:4702742
Starting point: Barreiriño beach (O Grove) - UTM:29T X:505587 Y:4702742
Playa de Barreiriño, Salgadeira de Barcela, Playa de
Barcela, Playa de Area Grande, Carríns, O Outeiro,
1 hour and 15 minutes.
On the route but only in the summer. Off the route, in O Grove.
cartography I.G.N. (1:25:000)
184-II O Grove.
Concello do Grove Tel.: 986 731 415