We could spend all day giving you reasons to travel to Galicia: here are some of the best beaches in the world; you can eat a spectacular seafood; enjoy excellent wines and gastronomy; contemplate stunning sunsets; see the oldest Roman lighthouse; admire beautifully preserved old town; taste different designations of origin ... Of course, we cannot forget the friendliness of its people, its festivals and traditions and that here is the final destination of the Camino de Santiago.
Today, however, we want to focus on another reason to visit this beautiful autonomous community: to contemplate the only waterfall in Europe that empties into the sea. We are referring to the Ézaro waterfall, an unusual place that is located at the mouth of the Xallas river, in the town of Ézaro, which belongs to the municipality of Dumbria (A Coruña). We will tell you more details about this beautiful place below!
A spectacular waterfall
As we have just mentioned, the Ézaro Waterfall is located in the town of the same name. Specifically, it is located on the slopes of Mount Pindo, the Celtic Olympus, and just 20 kilometers from Finisterre. As you can imagine, this place is a true spectacle throughout the year, although it is in winter when the waterfall shows all its splendor, especially in the rainiest years. Of course, we have to admit that before we have not told you the whole truth regarding that it is the only river in Europe that empties into the sea in the form of a waterfall, since both in Scotland and in the Norwegian fjords can be found some streams with the same type of outlet. What we can affirm is that the Xallas is the largest river that flows in this spectacular way. Due to the force with which the water falls the well formed under the waterfall has a depth of about 20 meters.
It no longer falls to its whim
Of course, it should be borne in mind that the river no longer falls as it pleases, as it did long ago, since it is now dominated by 4 reservoirs. The one that controls the output of the current to the sea is the one of Santa Uxía. Until April 2011, the waterfall was only open a few weekends a year. In fact, some years, when the flow was very poor, the waterfall only opened about 2 or 3 times a year, always coinciding with the time of greatest influx of visitors.
Contemplate the waterfall
To contemplate this spectacle of nature you can sit on the wooden walkways with tiers that are practically under the waterfall. Of course, we also recommend that you go up to the viewpoint located above the town, the Ézaro viewpoint where in addition to admiring the waterfall you can see Mount Pindo, the town and the beach. Also, the sunset is spectacular. Since access is easy, it is normal to see tourists in the area, especially in summer.
If the spectacle during the day is amazing, at night it can be really amazing. We are referring to certain days of the year when the Ézaro Waterfall lights up. This occurs at Easter, San Juan and summer. On these nights, the lighting lasts for an hour and usually begins at 22:00 in Easter and at 23:00 in the summer period. Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you will find more images of the Ézaro Waterfall. Do not miss it!
The Spectacular Waterfall of Ezaro, Galicia. (February 2023)
- A Coruña, waterfalls, Galicia