The best urban walks

There are places within the city that take us out of the hubbub of traffic and so on and make us feel that we are much further away. However, they are routes that start right here, next to the street, you just have to discover them.

Promenade of A Malata, Ferrol. This walk goes around the entire cove of A Malata for about 2 km. It is very flat and smooth, and it has a bike lane. We can leave from the Port of Curuxeiras and end up at A Cabana beach. In this peaceful corner of the Ferrol estuary is the sports city and the Punta Arnela fairgrounds. We also pass through the old cetarean next to the beach of A Cabana. From there, on the opposite shore we can see the Canido neighborhood, the commercial port and the military zone of A Graña.

Rato River Path, Lugo. The route begins at the A Chanca bridge, and goes along the Rato riverbank, sometimes through wooded areas, open fields or orchards. It also has a bike lane. Along the way we have benches, fountains and a lot of vegetation and fauna: frogs, ducks, herons,,, Let’s remember that we are in the Terras do Miño Biosphere Reserve, and precisely on this walk is the Interpretation Center, in the old Muíño do Tendeiro, where we can visit the exhibition and find out about the activities that take place in the reserve. A little further on, this 3.4 km walk ends. The Rato river flows into the Miño near the route, so if we want more mileage, we can always stretch it along the banks of the Miño.

Park of the menhirs and Tower of Hercules, A Coruña. The walk follows the coast, where the protagonist is the Tower of Hercules. Let’s wait for Punta Roboleira and Punta Herminia, a landscape that combines green fields, blue seas and white foam breaking the rocks, with the ever-present tower, and the Ártabro Gulf ahead. A perfect setting for the sculptures that we come across along the way, such as Family of Menhirs by Manolo Paz, or Monument to the shot by Díaz Pardo or Breogán by Xosé Cid. Here we have many options to go one way or another. We do the circular walk from the menhirs, it is 4.1 km.

Lérez River Path, Pontevedra. This circular route begins at the peonil bridge over the river, near the university campus. We walk along the beach of the river and pass by the river beach and a picnic area near the old Lérez Spa, from the early 20th century, with a very remarkable past, which still preserves its main building with a source of medicinal waters inside. From here, we cross to the bridge and start the path back which, after a short stretch that is a little narrower and more rugged, becomes not a more comfortable path. The route is 6 km in total.

Lagares River Path, Vigo. In a city like Vigo, it is surprising that as soon as we advance we are in the village. It’s a charm you have. This full-face promenade begins at Avenida de Madrid and ends at Samil. A total length is 8 km, but we can do a smaller stretch. For example, or that I go from Sárdoma to Castrelos. The route starts at the medieval bridge of the parish of San Pedro de Sárdoma. After crossing it, the walk runs along the river bank, many times between buildings. When we arrive in Castrelos we can take the opportunity to rest in the park and visit the Castrelos Museum, with its most important archeological and artistic collection. This route is 2 km. If we continue along the walk, beyond Balaídos, we cross the Xunqueiras do Lagares up to Samil.

From A Ponte Vella to Outariz, Ourense. Although the Miño thermal walk is wider, this route, closer to the city, 4 km or so, goes from A Ponte Vella to the Outariz hot springs. After the Roman bridge, we continue along the Millennium bridge and along the right bank of the river. And the thermal waters of A Chavasqueira, O Tinteiro and Muíño da Veiga arrive, a small example of the thermal wealth of Ourense. The route is linear and covers 4.7 km.

Walk along the river Sarelas, Santiago de Compostela. There is a longer walk that goes around Santiago, but this is a section of about 3 km, which goes from Galeras to Sarela de Abaixo. It begins at the foot of Monte Pío, crossing the Galeras park. We follow the course of the Sarelas, a tributary of the Sar, and arrive at Carme de Abaixo. It is clear that we are in Santiago, since here we find a baroque chapel and a bridge from the 16th century, in a beautiful setting. At this point, the urban becomes increasingly rural. Later, we pass through the Sarela bridge, where the pilgrims head for Fisterra. And it is followed by the walls of the Pazo de San Lourenzo de Trasouto, which we skirt. And, when we arrive at Rúa Bidueiro, it is the end of the journey, already in the place of Sarela de Abaixo.

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