Tambre river, fountain of Santiago de Compostela
The Tambre river is born in the Bocelo mountain and flows to the South-west direction until its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean. This river shares way with the English Way in Mesía, Órdenes, Oroso and Santiago de Compostela.
Romans knew the Tambre river as Tamaris, which was the origin of the name of Trastámara dynasty, which had their land between the Tambre river and the sea. Since its origin until its mouths, the river meets with several bridges; some of them were roman bridge with special beauty.
The Tambre river is one of the most mighty river in Galicia and it has a great watershed. Its water is drunk by pilgrims and citizens of Santiago de Compostela.
It was declared like SAC (Special Area of Conservation) and in its banks the pilgrims can see different vegetables formations with great interest like oak forests or riparian forests with alders and ash trees. Also we can see laurels, arbutus, willows and hazelnut trees.
The Tambre river has a big biodiversity, where the trout is the king of the water, which provides this area with a great fishing tradition. Moreover, the high humidity causes the presence of amphibians like frog or salamanders. Finally, since its birth until the river flow into the ría (estuary) in Muros-Noia the tourist can see sparrow hawks in the forests, herons and ducks in the mouth and a lot of small birds in the riparian forests. Wildcat and wolfs stand out in the mammals.