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Noia to Finisterre

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A journey that begins at the RĂ­as Baixas and ends up in the RĂ­as Altas visiting the towns of Noia and Muros, which name the northernmost estuary of the Galician RĂ­as Baixas. During the tour you can admire the contrast between the estuaries and mountain ridge crowned by Mount Pindo off Cape Finisterre. Discover the history of this land in their forts and impressive and unique natural areas.

The town of Noia, "little Compostela " according to Galician writer Otero Pedrayo, lies at the estuary shared with Muros and at the mouth of the river Tambre. The old part of town is one of its main attractions, not surprisingly it holds one of the most important medieval fairs Galicia. Stroll along cobblestone streets and visit the church of Santa Mari A Nova, which holds a necropolis comprising more than 500 gravestones dated between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries.

The town of Muros marks the boundary between Galicia’s Rías Altas and Baixas (Northern and Southern estuaries). The town centre was declared a Historical-Artistic complex and houses an interesting medieval heritage with streets that are narrow and perpendicular to the waterfront. The sea front houses are typically arcaded, reminiscing the times when fishing gear and boats where stored along them, now a day with vibrant café terraces in which to enjoy the scenery over the estuary and a very rich and interesting cuisine.

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Heading North along the coastline, we will come across Mount Louro rising from the seabed. This natural area comprises a lagoon boasting great biodiversity, sand dunes and a beach resort. From this point onwards the coast becomes steeper and rougher the sea, we will be entering the Rías Altas. In the seaside town of Lira we will be confronted by an impressive 35 metres “hórreo” (stone granary), probably the longest of its kind in the world.

Mount Pindo, known as "Galicia’s Celtic Olympus”, is one of the most magical places in the region. It has held settlements, forts, castles and churches. It is a natural 627 metres high viewpoint from which one can see on a clear day, almost half of Galicia.

Ézaro should be a compulsory visit in order to enjoy the waterfall or "fervenza" of the river that gives its name to the place. It happens to be the only river in Europe that flows and falls directly into the sea from 40 meters high through a stony canyon in the foothills of Mount Pindo.

Our trip can come to an end at the viewpoint of Cape Finisterre (Land’s End), upon which we will find the lighthouse of the same name and is considered second destination by the pilgrims following the Camino de Santiago. From here one can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the estuary and the estuary of Corcubión and also contemplate the sunset from one of the westernmost points of mainland Europe.