Tambre River Route (Noia)
Acompañando al "padre" Tambre hasta su desembocadura
This route has two main protagonists and in both cases they are fluvial courses: the rivers San Xusto and Tambre.
Following in the footsteps of the pilgrims who came by boat to Noia, the historic "Portus Apostoli", we ascend towards San Xusto (Lousame) following the course of the river of the same name, reaching the vicinity of the Monastery of Toxosoutos, which was one of the most important Cistercian monasteries in Galicia, and which is located in a natural setting to which a waterfall provides great beauty.
Then we turn westwards towards the Devesa de Nimo and with it the course of the Tambre River. On this part of the route we will follow the river as it flows to its mouth, passing over a suspension bridge near the hydroelectric power station, the work of the modernist architect Antonio Palacios, which is an example of outstanding industrial heritage. We will then approach the Pazo do Tambre or Pazo do Ensido, to later cross the beautiful medieval bridge of Pontenafonso, which joins the municipalities of Outes and Noia. This construction is one of the best examples of a medieval bridge in Galicia; it is notable for its great length, as it had 27 arches, of which 20 remain today, plus another two buried.
We continue on our way to Noia, delighting ourselves with the Tambre Estuary and the proximity of the port of Testal and the shellfish banks dedicated to cockles, undoubtedly the best in the world.