Spend a day at Monte Aloia

Monte Aloia is one of the most emblematic and oldest Natural Parks in Galicia. Recognized since 1978 as such, we can easily access it from municipalities such as Tui, Gondomar or Baiona, and thus enjoy a full day surrounded by an environment that wonders tourists and the neighbors of the area.

With almost 650 metres of altitude at its highest point, it is a place closely linked to hiking. From some points of this place, we can accede to amazing viewpoints, recreational areas and even, archaeological sites while we manage to disconnect of the daily stress.

In a place like this, a good way to start exploring the proposed route that starts at the Visitors Center ‘Casa do Enxeñeiro Areses”. A centre built in 1921 that pays tribute to the engineer who transformed this landscape more than a hundred years ago through an exotic reforestation that included native vegetation and other species such as cypress, fir and Lebanon cedar. In addition to everything else, the building also houses a permanent exhibition and extensive information about the park.

Monte Aloia is one of the most emblematic and oldest Natural Parks in Galicia. Recognized since 1978 as such, we can easily access it from municipalities such as Tui, Gondomar or Baiona, and thus enjoy a full day surrounded by an environment that wonders tourists and the neighbors of the area.

With almost 650 metres of altitude at its highest point, it is a place closely linked to hiking. From some points of this place, we can accede to amazing viewpoints, recreational areas and even, archaeological sites while we manage to disconnect of the daily stress.

In a place like this, a good way to start exploring the proposed route that starts at the Visitors Center ‘Casa do Enxeñeiro Areses”. A centre built in 1921 that pays tribute to the engineer who transformed this landscape more than a hundred years ago through an exotic reforestation that included native vegetation and other species such as cypress, fir and Lebanon cedar. In addition to everything else, the building also houses a permanent exhibition and extensive information about the park.

But, whatever route you choose, the important thing here is to admire the views. We recommend that you wear binoculars to contemplate the valleys of the Miño and Louro rivers, the mouth of the Miño, the Santa Trega mountain or the silhouette of the Cíes Islands. In addition to the panoramic views they offer, some of the viewpoints will surprise you with their original design, as their stone railings imitate branches of trees so as not to clash with the plant environment.

But this is not all, we can also find in the Aloia seven water mills rehabilitated through the paths of the Muíños de Paredes and the Muíños do Tripes, the latter formed by walkways and wooden bridges easily accessible. And one of the most visited places is the hermitage of Alto de San Xian, a Romanesque sanctuary that rises above the highest point of the mountain.

The Aloia does not disappoint at an archaeological level, as it contains prehistoric and Roman remains, as well as Celtic legends, such as the battle of Mount Medulio, which states that it was the scene of the collective suicide of the Celtic tribes before falling into the hands of the Romans.

If you still want more, you can visit the archaeological remains of the pre-Roman settlement Castro Alto dos Cubos along a 4.5 kilometre route that starts in the village of Frinxo. A 1,250-metre-long wall built of large stones without mortar is preserved here.

Be that as it may, at the end of the day find a spot in one of the viewpoints of the mountain and do not miss the changing colors of the sky on this landscape.

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