The town


The town of Rianxo is in the province of La Coruña (Galicia, Spain), located at the heart of La Ria de Arousa. It constitutes a transition zone between the mountain range of Barbanza, the valley of Quintáns and the estuary of the Ulla river.  Rianxo has a surface of 59 km2, and it is formed by six parishes: Asados, O Araño, Isorna, Leiro, Rianxo and Taragoña. Its population is of approximately 13000 residents.  Rianxo is 45 km far from Santiago de Compostela and 104 from the region capital La Coruña, being the C-550 and the dual carriageway of Barbanza the main communication channels of the council.


The town belongs to the North Arousa region and in its Eastern limit, the mouth of the Ulla river, forms the provincial division between the provinces of La Coruña and Pontevedra.





Cultural information


The cultural life is one of the more important historical aspects of the town, with an important number of writers born in the zone, like Rafael Dieste, Brea Segade, Roxelio Perez, Manuel Antonio... but it is necessary to make special mention to Alfonso Daniel Rodriguez Castelao, who worked as a doctor in the town and later as a technician of the Geographic and Statistical Institute, fixing at that moment his residence in the province of Pontevedra. Castelao is one of the most illustrious Galicians, not only as politician, writer and sketcher, but also as father of the Galician fatherland.



Tourism and celebrations


The location of Rianxo in La Ria de Arousa mainly confers important tourist attractiveness at summer time, with its beaches and a the sea as main magnets, allowing the benefit of all type of nautical sports, with good infrastructures of moorings and services at the Club Nautical of Rianxo but also without forgetting the great attractiveness that provides the landscape thanks to its conservation and its viewpoints; from A Muralla mountain, in the parish of Araño, Rianxo and all La Ría de Arousa, the Barbanza and La Ría de Muros and Noia, Santiago de Compostela, the Ulla river and all its surroundings can be seen.


From the viewpoint of O Castro, in the parish of Taragoña, you can see the valley of Asados and Taragoña, the inlet of Rianxo, the Barbanza and La Ría de Arousa; and from the Pena mountain, in the parish of Leiro, the mouth of the Ulla river is controlled, partially the inlet of Rianxo but the town.


Regarding the festivities, in all the parishes there are patron saint days as the Fiesta de los Milagros in Araño in August, El Salvador in Taragoña in July, etc. but if there is one to be emphasized, it has to be El Carmen in the month of July, that is celebrated in Taragoña and Rianxo, as marine zones they are, and, mainly, the memory of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, in the town capital, the first Sunday of September after the 8th. One of the more touching moments, together with the marine procession, is when in the Patron Saint Day of the Virgin, twelve at night, all the orchestras concentrated in the town central square start singing A Rianxeira one after another, uninterruptedly, while all people there congregated carry flares and candles.



What to see


With regard to the religious architecture, it is necessary to emphasize the parish church of Santa Columba de Rianxo, built in the 15th century, but with different architectonic styles progressively added  like gothic, plateresco and baroque.


The chapel of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe was risen in the 17th century upon the older called Nuestra Señora de la Cruz, and from the first half of the 19th century it welcomes the image of  La Virgen de Guadalupe, whose statue was sculpted in 1773 by Fray Jose of Santiago, sculptor from Rianxo. To her is dedicated the most popular of the Galician songs: La Rianxeira.


Regarding the civil architecture Rianxo counts with a good number of pazos (palaces), although the conservation condition is different according to the cases, being in a better condition the one of Martelo in the town of Rianxo, where the public library is located at present; the one of Viturro in Rianxiño and two belonging to the family of Los Torrado, located in Asados and Brión-Leiro. Also it is worthy to point out some Hórreos, especially the one in Araño, in Traba place that is one of the longest of Galicia.


Among the sculpture art there are several "Cruceiros", like the one of A Capeliña de Laxe Pequena in Taragoña, of the 16th century, and the one of Outeiro de Asados, 17th century.


And do not forget the beaches: The beach of Tanxil has been awarded in 2005 with the Blue Flag of the European Union.


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