Discover the water routes in Galicia

As a tourist destination, Galicia has a large number of spas, thermal areas and spas worth visiting. Enjoying these places is an excellent idea if you are looking for a vacation of rest and relaxation.

However, if your thing is hiking and natural landscapes, we encourage you to make an ecological tour of Galicia discovering the so-called “water routes”. Waterfalls, pools and ponds of exotic beauty that we will find throughout the Galician geography.

Many of these places are unknown to mass tourism. We must be careful when accessing certain areas on foot, as it can be dangerous. We recommend you always have the help of a guide to avoid taking risks. It groups several pools (As Mestas, Darriba and A Estrela). It is a unique natural complex where we can combine the affiction for canyoning, hiking and swimming.

This fluvial route passes through the villages of Melón and Tourón and the Mestas. A paradisiacal and little known place. The beauty of the landscape is accompanied by some danger. We advise you to access always, if possible, in the company of a guide. At the exit of Caldas de Reis towards A Estrada we find the Fervenza de Segade. A beautiful place that gives us the Umia River in the form of waterfall and pools.

In this place we can also find the remains of the Fábrica de Luz, a hydroelectric plant built in 1900, of which only remains of the construction and a tall chimney that can be seen from the road. As it could not be otherwise, in the area there are constructions such as water mills. Orense is the thermal city of Galicia par excellence. These thermal pools are free to use and are located on one of the banks of the Miño River. They are the first ones that were conditioned in the city for use and enjoyment of neighbors and visitors.

Its waters have a temperature of 43ºC for bathing, although they flow at 63ºC. They are indicated for the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, asthma or skin infections. They are bicarbonated, fluoridated, and sulfurized waters of medium mineralization.

The environment of the Pozas de la Chavasqueira is completed by grassy areas, where you can sunbathe, rest or simply contemplate the landscape formed by the banks of the Miño River. For naturism and nudism enthusiasts. In these natural pools it is possible to take a dip without a bathing suit and enjoy the cozy landscapes of Galicia. Beautiful waterfalls formed by the Arcos river (tributary of the Xallas) as it passes through the parish to which it gives its name, in the municipality of Mazaricos.

The waterfalls cross a difference in level of granitic rocks of about 10 meters high. To reach them can be accessed from Ezaro up to the reservoir of Santa Uxía and cross it to pass Fieiro and Nuveira (access is through the entrance of a water treatment plant) or by the road coming from A Picota. Surrounded by an untouched nature of singular beauty, the Pedras river in its descent from the mountain A Curota towards its mouth in the sea, forms accumulations of water known as the “pools of Pobra de Caramiñal”.

Visiting this place you can also enjoy large waterfalls called fervenzas and take spectacular photographs of the landscape or the native species of the place. It is one of the most popular and visited natural sites of the Ribeira Sacra.

The hiking route that allows access to the place also leads to the castro of Marce, a place of great spectacularity located on the left bank of the Miño. This place is one of the scenarios of the legend of the xacios or aquatic men, one of the most typical popular traditions of the area. It is located in the municipality of Fonsagrada, before reaching the village of Vilagocende. Here the river Porteliña saves a drop of about 50 meters forming one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Galicia.

To reach the waterfall we must make a walking route of just over a kilometer downhill. A wooded path that runs between bidueiros, ameneiros and carballos to reach the bravura of the water. Famous for its recognized healing properties for rheumatism and skin diseases.

The first pool was built in 1930 with much smaller dimensions than the current ones. Today it is a circular concrete pool of about 30 meters in diameter. The property on which the pool is located was donated by its owner to the parish of Codesido.

The water is bicarbonate-calcium bicarbonate and low mineralization. Its temperature reaches 23Cº. They are well known inside and outside Galicia and are visited by tourists throughout the year, but especially in summer. It is located in a valley to the south of the municipality of Samos, between the limits of O Courel and O Incio. It is one of the most spectacular river landscapes in Galicia. The river Lóuzara makes its way through meadows, soutos and a native forest. If you like hiking and ecological tourism, in this place you can contemplate waterfalls, natural dams, wooden bridges and a limestone mountain that opens the way to subway worlds of unknown beauty.

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