Vimianzo. Do mar á terra.


The Penedos: stone imagery

A Barca (the boat), A Cachucha (the head), A Furada (the pierced one), and A Dama (the lady) are neither paintings, nor songs, nor poems, but they are nonetheless art. They are the so called Penedos de Pasarela, a series of stone sculptures formed by wind and sea water erosion, that depending on the sunlight, and one’s own perspective and imagination, resemble different shapes. This area is so unique that it is the only Protected Landscape of the Costa da Morte.

The rocks of Penedos de Pasarela, an extension of those of Traba, Laxe, are located in the eastern part of a small depression connecting the Vimianzo and Traba valleys, and although their altitude is low, their sharp and abrupt shapes make them a very dangerous area for bathing and sailing.

We invite you to make the journey from the south part, starting at the Pedra da Barca, resembling the bow of a boat, and then visiting the 207-yard tall Pedra da Cachucha, so called because of its resemblance to a pig’s head or cachucha. Nearby lies the Ferida da Canteira (quarry’s wound) , so called because next to it are the remains on an old illegal quarry.

As you keep walking north, you can try to identify the shapes of an array of rocks. Some people see claws, spaceships, dogs, camels, sphinxes... The highest of these rocks is called Galla da Pena Forcada, marking the separation of the municipalities of Vimianzo and Laxe. It is the highest peak of this granite formation, and can be seen from any nearby location.

We encourage you to keep unleashing your imagination all along the Penedos de Traba, descovering O Bico (the kiss), A Osa (the female bear) and A Dama (the lady) up until reaching Torre da Moa. Crowned by a large stone in the shape of a millstone,  this place was used as a place of sacrifice by the Celts, and later by the Romans.

And you, what is it that you see?