The Best Places for Wild Swimming Near Santiago De Compostela

Wild swimming | © Eli Duke/Flickr
Wild swimming | © Eli Duke/Flickr
Photo of Esme Fox
23 June 2017

Galicia is Spain‘s green region. Known as ‘the land of a thousand rivers’, it’s home to over 1,000 miles of coastline, beautiful waterfalls and relaxing river beaches, all of which are perfect for wild swimming. Here are some of the best spots near the city of Santiago de Compostela.


Near the town of Santomé de Obra, the long island of Remesquide lies looking like a boat rising from the water in the River Ulla. As well as the swimming area, there are a number of stone tables, benches and barbecues, and a play area for children.


Just 10km (6.2 miles) from the city of Santiago, after the village of Son de Abaixo, lies the Chaián recreational area, consisting of river islands connected by a series of wooden bridges. As well as river swimming there is a picnic area, chess and draught board area, and a volleyball court. There is also a lifeguard on duty here during the summer.

O Abeseiro de Toiriz

Found along the banks of the River Arnego, near Vila de Cruces, this natural swimming spot has both areas for adults and children. Located near the Portodemouros reservoir, the area is also home to picnic areas and barbecues. History buffs will also love the ancient rock inscription here, which has been declared a Resource of Cultural Interest.

Arnego River, Galicia | ©Iago Casabiell González / Wikimedia Commons

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