What are Rias Baixas?
Dolmen de Axeitos, a prehistoric megalithic stone structure near Olveira. It’s signposted (as Dolmen) off the road from Cabo de Corrubedo and again off the AC-550 to Castro de Baroña.
This Dolmen (there are a few more in the area) is free, easy to get to (just 5 minutes off the main road) and clearly not much visited, but fascinating. And great for selfies!
Rías Baixas – Low Estuaries in Galician Spanish – are a series of four inlets on the southwest coast of Galicia, in northwest Spain.
These Rías begin below Cape Finisterre and continue south to the Portuguese border. They do not connect to Costa da Morte (unfortunately because we wanted to see the Coast of Death! ).
These Rías share common characteristics, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to Galician rivers in funnel shapes that are wide at the Atlatic end. They often have islands scattered in the waters that protect the shores from serious wave action.
Above the Rías Baixas is the Costa da Morte, beginning at Fisterra and continuing north to roughly Ferrol, where the Rías Altas commence and run a short distance along the north Galician coast.
Castro de Baroña, a spectacular, ancient, fortified village on Ria de Muros y Noia, without question Rías Baixas best coastal sight.
Castro de Baroña is off the AC-550 not far from Porto de Son. It’s beautiful, interesting and also adjacent to a couple of large beaches, so this area alone is worth a trip. More Castro de Baroña Photos and Information
A Galician hórreo, Rías Baixas.
A common roadside sight in Galicia, especially on the west coast, is the hórreo, a long narrow grain store used to hold and/or dry all kinds of farm produce. Traditional hórreos are made of granite and elevated on legs to avoid rats and damp, with a tiled roof and a cross at one or both ends.
One of Porto do Son’s town beaches, Praia Subiglesias.
The last and perhaps least successful sight of the day was in Noia, so called because Noah’s ark landed on the high hills of this Barbanza peninsula. Well, maybe.
In this ancient burial ground there are, apparently, ancient and mysterious symbols carved on some of the gravestones as well as on those gazebo-like structures.
Well, to start with we felt uncomfortable wandering around looking for tourist sights when other visitors were grieving for lost family members. Then we checked the gazebos and couldn’t make out any shapes due to mould/discolouration/lichen/lighting. And lastly we couldn’t find any strangely marked tombs, though we didn’t look too hard. Fail.
‘Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm! ‘ Winston Churchill. Good one Winnie!