An incredible route suitable for everyone
The path of the senses is a pedestrian and linear path of just over one kilometre, which connects the promenade of the Ribeira beach - port of Miño, with the promenade of the Alameda in Ponte do Porco. The path meanders according to the vegetation and the orography, repeating its characteristics.
As it is linear, it can be started at either end. Due to its low difficulty, it is perfect for families, with special attention to the cliffs.
Privileged setting and scenic and environmental interest
It is located in the most valuable natural area of Miño, due to its high wealth of wild species of flora and fauna. It is located within the Betanzos-Mandeo Special Area of Conservation (SAC), in an area classified as a Site of Community Interest (SCI) and classified as Zone 2 within the Natura 2000 Network Master Plan, corresponding to the mouth of the rivers Lambre and Mandeo in the Betanzos estuary, an area of great environmental and scenic interest.
The main circuit of the path marks the areas of passage in an environment protected for its environmental value, maintaining areas free of traffic to improve its biodiversity.
The path that will awaken all your senses:
-The view with its panoramic views over the Betanzos estuary from its different viewpoints.
-The sounds with the song of the abundant birds that populate it.
-The aromas of its vegetation mixed with the saltpetre of the sea that provoke curious contrasts of smell.
The route consists of four natural viewpoints that become small and quiet spaces for the contemplation of the landscape, all of them with fantastic panoramic views of the Betanzos estuary.
Their names refer to the vegetation that characterises them. If we start the route from the A Ribeira beach side we will see them in the following order:
The Silveiral walkway
Between the first two viewpoints we find the Silveiral walk.
This ecosystem, which we sometimes think of as undergrowth, is of great value for its diversity, as it provides food and shelter for birds and other fauna.
We can observe the abundant blackberries with their exquisite fruits (blackberries), the hawthorn with their red berries, the blackthorn with its bittersweet fruit, the laurel with its characteristic aroma, the oaks, and the elderberry with its dark berries.
More than half a century ago this area was cultivated. Fruit trees still remain from these orchards: chestnut, walnut, pear and apple trees are the most numerous.
Among some of the birds that can be seen and heard are tits, warblers and musical warblers. The great crested warbler, great plover, grey heron, little egret and great cormorant can be spotted along the banks.
The European honey-buzzard, the dace swallow, the rock thrush and the mallard fly over the area in search of food.
An incredible end to the path of the senses
At the end of the two-way path we link up with the Alameda beach promenade, whose name comes from the banana plantation that surrounds it.
This walk along the mouth of the river Lambre ends in Ponte do Porco where we can contemplate its medieval bridge (link), the monument to the Andrade family (link) and locate the beautiful legend of Roxin Roxal (link).
Crossing the N 550 road towards Paderne we can see the medieval Ponte do Lambre, where the English Way passes and at about 5 km approximately the mini-central of Güimil with the Ruta dos Muiños do Río Medio (affluent of the river Lambre) and Capela da Nosa Señora de Guadalupe with the Fuente de Augas Santas.
This path has interpretation panels that introduce visitors to the natural and ethnographic heritage of the area.
Black-footed Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)
European honey-buzzard (Pernis apivorus)
Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin)
Rules and considerations for this route
For all these reasons, we ask for silence during the route so as not to disturb the birds that inhabit it and also to keep pets on a leash at all times, as they may pose a threat to the conservation of the native fauna. There are no litter bins in this area because any rubbish that is deposited there attracts wild animals that can spread it all over the area. It is everyone's responsibility to collaborate in the maintenance of a place with such special values as this.