Bay of Basa

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We keep on walking along pine groves along this V-shaped inlet that is the Bay of Basa which is extraordinarily rich in seafood. If the tide is low, we can walk along this stretch on the sand and see the riverbank vegetation as the shellfish activities carried out by the people from the area. They sow and harvest the fine clams, cockles, razor clams, which have become the activities their economy is broadly based on.

In summer months we can also see how they leave seaweeds drying, an activity that has a deep tradition in this area. It is the “argazo” (´gholfe´) a kind of species they sell to the factories to extract the carragenate, a substance used in food to gel some types of meat or increase the lifespan of some dairy products. It is also used in cosmetics, toothpaste, creams or even air-fresheners.  On our way, we can see several carpets made of seaweeds drying  all along the old roads with not traffic at all (the asphalt of the road makes the process be faster) or on any corner.

Around the shellfish farmers, the cormorants also find in this place a perfect spot to rest from their migrations.

We leave the bay and we walk along a small stretch along the road to avoid the “Rego do Trasteiro” and get to the village Xaviña. In the main straight you can see the “Bar-Parrillada Rojo” and, around 600 meters farther, a track on the right that takes us to the Route Insua.