Light-filled beaches

The water on Muxía’s beaches is crystal clear and the waves are powerful, but above all the landscape that surrounds and shelters the beaches is impressively beautiful, almost unspoilt. The area they lie in endows them with even greater beauty that turns a visit to these leisure scenarios into times of relaxation and calm.

The best known beaches are Leis, O Lago, Os Muíños, A Cruz and Espiñeirido – both very close to the town centre - Lourido, Moreira, Nemiña – an international paradise for surfers – and Coído de Cuño, of geological interest. And yet the list is much longer: Arnela, As Raias, Barreira, Barreiros, O Coído, Loureiro, the cove of A Arliña, O Ariño, O Coto ... all included in the Nature 2000 Network. With the map of Muxía in your hands, all you have to do is explore a little!

Leis

Leis is a beach in a rural setting, very close to the mouth of the River Grande in the Muxía-Camariñas estuary -  400 metres to feel in heaven on A Costa da Morte. It is also the northernmost beach in the municipality of Muxía.

O Lago

With moderate waves and just over half a kilometre long, the white sand of O Lago beach is the perfect excuse to spend an afternoon of good weather enjoying the sea and sun. The name comes from the little lake (“lago” means “lake”) which forms at the mouth of a river and endows the beach with this particular characteristic. Another detail you will remember is the little lighthouse at the opposite end – you can walk around it if you climb up onto the rocks.

Area Maior / Os Muíños

The beach of Area Maior / Os Muíños is the longest of the six beaches in the bay of Merexo. The River Negro flows into the sea here, coming down from the village of Os Muíños, where there is a recreational area. There are some small dunes next to the beach where various kinds of plant grow, such as the morning glory (Calystegia soldanella), the sea holly (Eryngium maritium), the goose tongue (Plantago marítima) and European beach grass (Ammophila arenaria), among others. Waders are also common.

The chapel of San Roque is nearby, at the highest point of Chorente. The “tile changing” rite was held here in the past; it consisted of changing the position of a tile in the direction you wished the wind to blow from, so that sailors could come safely into port.

After this beach are Vilaverde (called Os Loureiros on maps) and Borreiros. Vilaverde beach is named after a sunken city which is said to lie opposite, about which so many legends have been written and are still told. The story tells how there was also a tunnel joining the beach to the monastery of Moraime; the secret exit was here on the beach.

Espiñeirido

Joined to the town and the beach of A Cruz by a coastal pathway, the views of the town of A Barca are fantastic from Espiñeirido. It used to be called the “priests’ beach”, as it is the furthest from the town and so the monks came here to swim in the sea, far away from the people. The headland of Espiñeirido lies nearby, also known as the headland of the “Generosa”, the name of a ship that sank here on the night of 26 October 1987.

A Cruz

This beach lies on the way in to Muxía, by the Paseo da Cruz. It is a calm beach with clear water – in summer it becomes a natural scenario for sporting and leisure activities. You come to Espiñeirido beach by following the wooden walkway.

A Cruz, Espiñeirido and Arliña, next to the football field and opposite Lourido beach, are the three most popular beaches in summer for people coming from the town.

From the top of Mount Enfesto, the view over A Cruz, Espiñeirido and the coastline they are located on is simply fantastic.

Lourido

This beach is to be found on the road from Muxía to Cape Touriñán, on the last stretch of the so-called “Coastal Road”, a pilgrimage route that is signposted and historically recognised as complementary to the traditional “Way of St. James from Santiago to Muxía and Fisterra”.

At the main entrance to the beach it is very common to see pilgrims with their cameras, taking photographs of the long beach shaped like a half moon. The white sand and the sound of the waves breaking powerfully against the shore are like a magnet that attracts you to the beach to go for a walk, no matter how short it may be.

Lourido is an interesting natural site thanks to its dunes and the beautiful panoramic views over the town of Barca and Cape Vilán, in the municipality of Camariñas.

Coído or the Bay of Cuño

O Coído – or the “bay” - of Cuño is considered a point of natural interest on the coastline of Galicia. The bay is dotted with thousands of pebbles – “coídos” in the Galician language – large and small, leaving no room for sand. Surrounded by crop fields, its origins could lie in Quaternary deposits or a marine terrace. At low tide on any day, but especially at weekends, there are plenty of fishermen here, both locals and visitors.

Moreira

Moreira is another of the little pebble beaches that dot the coast of Muxía. You can find it on the road to Cape Touriñán, surrounded by gentle slopes. The charm of this place lies in the balanced blend of a rural and marine landscape, where the main feature – apart from the “coídos” – is the large pool from which water flows into the sea disappearing beneath the sand.

Nemiña

If Leis is the westernmost beach in the municipality of Muxía, Nemiña is the southernmost. From the 1,250 metre long crescent you can see three different municipalities on A Costa da Morte: Muxía, Cee and Fisterra.

Nemiña is an international beach where surfers and body-board lovers from all over Europe have been coming for some years now, especially from Germany and France. More and more locals are coming too. When the tide is out, fishermen try to catch sea bass on the river banks.

The possibilities for leisure and sport at Nemiña are complemented by hiking. A coastal pathway joins the village to Cape Touriñán, where twice a year – from 21 March to 25 April and again from 13 August to 22 September – you can see the last ray of sunlight in continental Europe disappear.

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