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Four trekking routes to enjoy nature in Mar de Santiago


If you like nature, Mar de Santiago is the perfect place for you! We suggest four trekking routes featuring surprising scenery along the banks of the Ulla River, unique heritage, and incredible panoramic views. Do you want to know more? Keep on reading!

Three of the recommended routes can be followed by means of the “Goza do Ulla 2023” program. This initiative, which includes 14 municipal districts along the banks of this river, features guided trekking itineraries until the end of October.

The Ojeando el Ullán route in Pontecesures

The first one will take place on August 20 in Pontecesures, with the so-called Ojeando el Ullán route. This 15-km itinerary is of medium difficulty and takes about 4 hours to complete.


You can go up the Casto Valente and Salgueiras hills and then pass by the Monte Galiñeiro viewpoint. All of these places will enable you to discover the Ullán Valley, whose landscape is dominated by the river flowing through it. You will also see the Pedra da Serpe petroglyphs while going down to the town of Pontecesures.

The Molinos de viento y Camino Real route in Catoira

The second event in the Mar de Santiago area will be held on October 1st, in Catoira, and will last about 4 hours. The Molinos de viento y Camino Real route is a circular one that runs for 9 km. You will discover impressive views of the Ría de Arousa coastline from the viewpoint of the windmills.

Molinos de viento

The itinerary also includes a stop at the petroglyphs in Barral as well as villages in the parish of Abalo featuring restored traditional houses. It ends with a view of the Pedras Miúdas Lagoon, an old quarry that has now been turned into a recreational area.

The El Ulla, entre telleiras y otros proyectos route in Valga

“Goza do Ulla” will end in our geo-destination on October 28 with the route called El Ulla, entre telleiras y otros proyectos, in Valga. This is a circular 16-km route of medium difficulty that begins and ends at Mina Mercedes Lagoon.

Laguna Mina Mercedes

The itinerary runs through the parishes of Campaña and Cordeiro, visiting places linked to the river, such as the Santa Cristina jetty. The route will take you past the tile quarries of Roeiro and Padín, followed by the Porto Piñeiro mine.

The Lobeira and Faro das Lúas Viewpoints Route in Vilanova de Arousa

And to complete our trekking around the Mar de Santiago area, we recommend  the PR-G 126 route in Vilanova de Arousa. Its 4.5-kilometre length features the viewpoints of Faro das Lúas and Cruz de Lobeira.

The itinerary includes quite a large difference in height between both viewpoints, but it is worth the effort due to the striking panoramic view from the top, full of tales and legends. You will enjoy astonishing views of the Ría de Arousa coastline and a large part of the Salnés Valley.

As you can see, in our geo-destination you can enjoy trekking and singular itineraries. Are you ready to visit us?

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