Monte do Castro
The end of a culture
Visitors have different options for reaching the site, all duly signposted. The simplest takes us from Barrantes (Ribadumia), via the EP-9305, towards Mosteiro (Meis). After 2.5 km, and on the right-hand side of the road, is the sign for the site, turning onto the EP-9504 towards Besomaño. After about another 2.5 km, after passing Besomaño parish church, we come to a tarmac track on the left-hand side, with signposts to the site. 50 metres further along is a car parking area and the access to the hillfort.
The site is free and in the open air.
The site has limitations for people with reduced mobility.
Visitors are asked to respect the archaeological remains. Their conservation depends on your collaboration. Thank you!
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Ruta da Pedra e da Auga (Route of Stone and Water) (PR-G 170) ()
This is one of the four trails that make up the Rutas do Salnés network, and is an old track that provided access to the mills and was used by pilgrims taking part in the procession to Santa María de Armenteira monastery on Easter Monday. It runs alongside the River Armenteira and allows us to enjoy a mixture of natural and cultural history, with its leafy forests and waterfalls, more than 30 mills, the Aldea Labrega or the Serradoiro do Souto, which has an uncommon water-powered sawmill, on its way to the monastery.
Muíños do Batán (Batán Mills) (Ribadumia)
An ethnographic and natural trail along the River Batán. Particularly impressive are the four mills built on a slope to exploit the force of the water required for them to function. All four have been restored, and one features in the representation of grain milling during the Salnés Bread Festival. Water is channelled from mill to mill before flowing out alongside the river beach.
Armenteira Monastery (Ribadumia)
An old abbey founded by Cistercian monks. Of its original construction, all that remains is the church its first abbot instructed be built in 1167, with an impressive openwork rose window. Currently, the rest of the building is the result of different architectural styles, such as Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-classical. A small community of Cistercian nuns live here and are responsible for its upkeep. It also has guest quarters.
Vantage point and Monte Lobeira castle (Vilanova de Arousa)
The vantage point, known as the Balcony of Arousa, in the borough of Vilanova de Arousa, stands at almost 300 metres high, with its northern slope in Vilagarcía de Arousa, boasting spectacular views over the ria of Arousa. On our way up to the vantage point, we can see the remains of the old castle, which belonged to the archbishop of Santiago de Compostela and was built in the Middle and Modern ages to watch over maritime traffic, until it was eventually abandoned and destroyed.
A fishing town, known as the capital of Albariño wine and where the Albariño festival, of National Tourism Interest, is held. It has an incomparable historical and artistic ensemble, featuring Fefiñáns pazo and square, the Santa Mariña ruins, San Sadurniño tower or the fishermen’s neighbourhood of Santo Tomei. It is part of the Viño Rías Baixas Route. Local dishes and the fish and seafood from the market in Cambados can be enjoyed in the area’s many restaurants.