Ría de Muros Noia Beaches
We order them from north to south so that you can choose the one you like best
The Ría de Muros-Noia offers its visitors innumerable beaches: some with fixed sands, cosily protected by pine forests, others of an immense extension open without fear to the sea and the oceanic winds, making them ideal for the practice of wind sports (windsurfing, paragliding, sailing,…), finally, it has beautiful coves of tiny dimensions and little danger that await for those who are looking for peace and quiet and relaxation.
Those who come here looking for sun and beach will certainly not be disappointed with their choice, as our mild climate and scarce summer rainfall are complemented by the white and almost virgin sandy beaches that surround us, creating an environment of great beauty, with the rugged mountains that rise majestically just a few metres from the shore providing an incomparable backdrop. All our beaches have good communications and access, as well as excellent leisure facilities (grills and tables for picnics on the beach). Come and see for yourself!
Shared with the neighbouring municipality of Carnota, the Ría de Muros Noia begins in the north with the famous beach of Ancoradoiro. It is 1,000 metres long and 50 metres wide. It has transparent waters and surprisingly fine white sand. It has good accesses, but that does not prevent it from maintaining an excellent natural beach appearance. At its northern end, the presence of the famous Lariño lighthouse stands out and in the distance we can contemplate how the Cape of Fisterra penetrates the sea making us feel that we are not at the real end of the world.
Recently selected among the 10 most beautiful kilometre-long beaches in Spain, Area Maior combines the beauty of the sandy area with the impressive presence of the mythical Mount Louro and the rich Xalfas lagoon; all three elements make up one of the most attractive sights in Galicia. The beach, a kilometre and a half of fine sand, has an acceptable swell, which makes it ideal for surfing. The access was recently reconditioned and there is also parking facilities about 20 metres away.
Separated from Goday Beach by the access ramp to the remains of a former canning company, Fogadeiro Beach shares the same characteristics as its neighbour: quiet, sheltered, uncrowded and south-facing beaches.
Protected from the north by Mount Louro, the sheltered Goday Beach evokes memories of the origins of the Galician canning industry. It is a beach of about 150 metres, well oriented to the south, with an attractive combination of sand and rocks, and always much less crowded than its neighbour, San Francisco Beach.
The beautiful San Francisco beach is one of the most popular with bathers in our estuary. With some 800 metres of fine sand, its good conditions for bathing have given rise to a large concentration of hotel and catering services that make this spot one of the liveliest in the region. The silhouette of Monte Louro, which protects it from the north wind, contributes very effectively to this, making it a very attractive place for a dip.
A Vouga beach, and its neighbour O Espanadal, are located to the south of the most popular beach, San Francisco. They are sandy beaches with very little slope, very comfortable for walking, but which seem to disappear at high tide. Between them, they are almost 700 metres long. Nearby there is a lively campsite of the same name.
Also known as La Prudencia beach, this is a typical example of a small urban beach. 200 metres of fine sand, very well sheltered, right in the centre of the town of Muros. Easily accessible, its waters are very calm and the occupation is usually average.
Located opposite the Virxe do Camiño Sanctuary, from which it takes its name, this is an urban beach located at the end of the inlet, which makes it not a very advisable beach for bathing, due to the lesser renewal of the water.
It is a sandy beach with very little gradient, which causes great variations in its morphology. Its sand is fine and well sheltered from the wind. Despite being in an inhabited area, it has very few visitors.
The small Da Rocha beach (60 metres) stands out for its peculiar setting, more typical of a remote cove than of an urban sandy area. The buildings at the mouth of the beach are very attractive, and seem to be more suitable for a visit or a photo than for bathing.
Beautiful cove of less than 40 metres, very sheltered and well oriented. It has no services and access is complicated, having to walk along paths from the AC-550, so the level of occupancy is very low.
Ventín - O Salto
A natural beach of 250 metres of fine sand. Its location in a semi-urban area of the parish of Abelleira means that, despite having a leisure area, easy access, parking and very calm waters, the level of occupancy is not usually more than medium-low.
Neighbouring the more famous Bornalle beach, Liñares beach offers a much lower occupancy rate. It is a beach of fine sand about 200 metres long, with very little slope and very calm waters. It has showers, can be accessed by car and, although there is not a large parking area, it may be sufficient.
A beautiful sandy area located on a narrow tongue that protects the parish of Abelleira. It is one of the most characteristic features of the Muros Noia estuary. In addition to its natural beauty, it has a series of hórreos, very seafaring, which is why it is also known by this name. It includes a pine grove, is about 800 metres long, has fine sand and is well sheltered.
Reaching Salgueiro beach means walking 500 metres along paths that are surprisingly leafy and well-kept. In this case, walking is part of the attraction. The small beach is a combination of rocks and fine sand, and we are struck by the remains of an old carpentry workshop (Tal), especially the granite pillars formerly used to secure wooden boats.
Small beach of 100 metres of white sand, combined with rocks, located in a semi-urban area. With calm waters, it shares access with the neighbouring beach of Cabanas. Tidal variations can extremely reduce the capacity of the beach, although the number of bathers is usually low.
With a length of 100 metres and a width of 20 metres, this beautiful beach is characterised by its white sand and calm waters. An old pier makes it an extraordinarily secluded beach, which, together with its southern orientation, makes Cabanas a good option for those days that are less favourable for going to the beach. You will be able to see small boats.
Shortly before reaching the more urban beaches of Agrocobo, O Portiño or Paraméan, the Muros Noia estuary offers us another charming cove with easy access. Very well oriented to the south, it is a beach of calm waters, fine sand and very secluded, Fontela is a highly recommended option for bathing.
Next to the port of Esteiro (Muros), Agrocobo is a small sandy beach, which is combined with rock formations of different sizes, making it visually attractive. Its characteristics do not allow it to admit many bathers (although the access is perfect and the car park is very large), but those who access it will be able to enjoy the calm waters and secluded atmosphere.
This is the largest sandy area in Esteiro. Sheltered and with a curious shape, it is a beach with a medium-high level of occupation, to which a promenade and footbridge over the river also contribute. The calm waters, the gentle surroundings, easy access by car, showers and nearby catering services are other reasons why its 300 metres of fine sand receive this level of occupation.
O Portiño do Maio is a small cove of about 50 metres, located next to the AC-550. The area is quite urban, the beach is beautiful, with fine golden sand, calm waters and good orientation, but the difficulty in finding parking means that it is not very busy, especially with locals, and visitors are directed to other larger beaches.
Medrón - Uía
A 250-metre beach of white sand and calm waters. Located in a semi-urban area, the wide range of sandy beaches means that it is only moderately busy. It has a shower service.
It will be difficult to reach the small cove of Arnela (Outes), but if you dare to go down a sloping path, a very quiet beach of less than 50 metres awaits you at the end, protected by vegetation, with calm waters and a good orientation. In the early and late hours of the day, the trees can block out the sun, but in the central hours it is a good option for those who particularly value tranquillity.
Corbeira point offers a small sandy area of just over 100 metres. Access is more complicated than it may seem, as the promenade does not reach it due to the presence of a shipyard, so it is necessary to go around the houses to get there by another path. It combines sand with quite a few rocky formations, which do not make it easy to swim. Despite being in an urbanised area, it lacks any type of service.
The beach of Siavo or Portosiavo is a sandy area of more than 250 metres of rather coarse sand, with some rocky formations. It has very little slope, but for walking it is even more recommendable to take the urban promenade that runs parallel to it. Access is easy and there is a car park, but no toilets.
Broña is the largest beach in Outes. With almost 500 metres of white and golden sand, it has easy access, parking areas, a picnic area under a pine grove, showers, litter bins, benches… For all these reasons, this is the beach with the highest occupancy rate in the municipality, in a beautiful sandy area, which, from its location at the end of the Muros Noia estuary, offers a spectacular view of the same.
Next to Broña beach, a smaller cove of about 100 metres, offers a counterpoint for those who prefer tranquillity. The bathing conditions, water and sand characteristics are similar to those of Broña, the difference being the difficulty of access and the lack of services, the toll you have to pay if you are looking for privacy.
Testal beach evokes more shellfishing than bathing, as it is one of the large extraction areas of the Ría de Muros Noia. But the beach also receives bathers thanks to its proximity to the town centre of Noia, shower service, easy access and ample parking. The sandy area is very sensitive to the tides, as is usually the case with this type of beach.
A beautiful 250-metre long, crescent-shaped beach. Access is somewhat more complicated than that of the neighbouring beaches, as it is necessary to walk along a small path to reach it. This circumstance means that it is little known and the level of occupation is very low, which is surprising in a sandy area that is so suitable for bathing.
The somewhat less urbanised environment means that it is less busy than its neighbour Boa Grande, with which it shares many of its virtues. This is a beach of about 150 metres of final sand, with calm waters and beautiful views.
The smallest of the three Boas is located in the centre. It is a small cove with the same general characteristics as the others, but with a much more secluded and intimate appearance.
Also known as Boa Grande, this is a medium-sized beach (500 metres) located in an urban area, with some services and a certain number of hotels and restaurants. Its beautiful crescent shape is very sheltered and the waters are very calm, which contributes to its high occupancy rate.
Ornanda - As Gaviotas
Also known by the name of As Gaviotas beach, this is an excellent beach of 350 metres of fine sand. Easy access, calm waters and showers are other aspects that make Ornanda a beach with a high level of occupancy.
With the typical shape of an inlet, De Gafa beach offers just under 100 metres of white sand and calm waters, it is located in the vicinity of the Portosín Yacht Club. The access is easy, the area is quite urbanised. It lacks services.
Coira beach is located in the urban area of Portosín. It is a sandy beach of fine white sand and large dimensions, more than a kilometre long. It is very popular with locals and tourists. The swell is moderate, but it is more lively than the beaches further back in the estuary. It is equipped with hotel and catering services.
Now it is the turn of the two very similar beaches, but not twins. There is no justification for the excessive change of name, so scarce on the other hand (Playa De Pozo, Playa Do Pozo). Together they are about half a kilometre of very fine sand and moderate waves.
The same applies to its sister beach, Playa De Pozo. Moderate waves, fine sand, easy access and lack of services in a beautiful beach located in the semi-urban area.
The unspoilt surroundings, its large size (1,330 metres of fine sand) and the tranquillity of its waters make it one of the most visited beaches in the estuary. It has services, easy access, even for the disabled, and some catering services. Its size means that its morphology is variable, with a central area of lesser occupation and even some areas dedicated to surfing.
In Caveiro (also Cabeiro, or even Caaveiro) we begin to notice a situation closer to the mouth of the estuary. The sea is more open and the swell begins to become more active. This sandy area offers 750 metres of fine sand and a beautiful cove shape. Its easy access makes it a beach with a high level of occupation. It has services.
The first of Porto do Son’s urban beaches does not deserve such an unpoetic name. Located under the church of San Vicente de Noal, it offers hundreds of metres of fine sand and reduced waves, as the protective effect of the port is already beginning to be felt.
Do Cruceiro beach, or Do Son beach, is a prototype of an urban beach. The breakwaters make it a beach with reduced waves, where you can enjoy its fine sand with your family. It is about 200 metres long and offers a shower service, easy access, nearby parking spaces and bars and restaurants.
Fonforrón beach is made up of a group of sandy areas joined together for more than half a kilometre. It combines fine sand with some rocks in a longitudinal direction, typical of this area. The swell is already beginning to be noticeable, so we can find surfers.
Slightly smaller than its neighbour Fonforrón, but with a more defined outline, Arnela beach makes the most of its advantages. The depth of the sand is greater, which limits its dependence on the tides. It is located on the roadside, with some parking spaces, which increases the occupancy rates. The beauty of the whole, the location in front of Mount Louro also makes it a frequent source of photography.
Located next to the spectacular Castro de Baroña, the beach is an isolated sandy area of about 500 metres of white and golden sand. The waves are still moderate. Access requires a walk along paths with a slight difficulty, which plays against its occupancy rates, a feature that made it the most characteristic beach of the estuary.
Next to Baroña beach, a new beach of similar size (about 500 metres) offers similar characteristics, including nudism. The two beaches are close to each other, but rock formations make it difficult to move from one to the other. Not to be confused with the beach of Areas Longas, which is further south.
Also known as the beach of the Maior river, it is a very beautiful and protected cove. It is accessed by a path, somewhat deteriorated in the final metres, but this sandy area makes up for the effort. Fine sand and great depth make it easy to find a sheltered area. The unspoilt natural environment should be the most valued if you choose this option.
A large beach with more than a kilometre of fine sand. Open, close to the entrance to the estuary, it has moderate waves. The unspoilt environment has a well-preserved dune system, a characteristic it shares with other large sandy beaches further south. Access is easy and the level of occupation is medium. It can be windier than the sandy areas further inland.
Do Porto Nadelas
A natural harbour in which the erosion of the wind and the sea has given curious shapes and some rocks is the most outstanding feature of the Porto de Nadelas. Between the rocks, there are some sandy areas that allow us to call it a beach, although it is not a typical sandy area. Access is easy, shared with the neighbouring sanctuary of the Virgen del Carmen.
As in the case of Porto Nadelas, the rock formations are the most outstanding feature of Dos Conchidos beach. The access is complicated and the bathing conditions, among so many rocks, are not the best. It is a proposal for those who especially value tranquillity and privacy.
Also known as Boca de Río beach, and sometimes differentiated in an area with the name of Coviña beach by a nearby pine tree, this is a kilometre-long sandy beach with open waters and fine white to golden sand. Access is easy and there are some parking facilities. It is a beach frequented by surfing enthusiasts.
The fame granted by the film “Mar adentro”, which narrated the unfortunate accident of Ramón Sampedro, makes it one of the best known beaches in this estuary. The name Das Furnas comes from its curious rock formations, which sometimes serve as natural windbreaks. It is a large and very open beach, in an unspoilt environment, a regular destination for surf lovers. It has a shower service and catering establishments.
Not to be confused with Area Longa beach, located in the vicinity of Castro de Baroña. It is a vast, very wild sandy area, which forms a group of several kilometres with the beaches of Basoñas and Da Lagoa. To access it, it is necessary to walk along well-kept paths. There are no services. The waves can be strong and the winds can be a nuisance.
Forming a group with Basoñas and Areas Longas, we must highlight the unspoilt environment of these sandy areas and the beauty of the walk through what are known as the San Pedro lagoons, a territory belonging to the Natura 2000 Network, which will surprise you with the combination of dunes and lagoons, in an absolutely natural environment.
Kilometres of fine sand on an open beach, with strong waves and the usual presence of wind. It is an unspoilt beach, suitable for surfing and contact with nature, nothing to do with urban sandy beaches designed for family tourism. You should know that here we offer you a setting that dwarfs you and that you should know how to enjoy.
Seráns beach, also known as Espiñeirido, bids us farewell to the south of the Muros Noia estuary. It is a beautiful open sea sandy area, totally unspoilt, which is a paradise for surf lovers. It shares characteristics with Basoñas, Areas Longas, and Da Lagoa beach: large stretches of fine sand, with abundant waves and wind; well-kept dunes and interesting fauna and flora resources.