The beach of Area Maior / Os Muíños is the longest of the six beaches in the bay of Merexo. The River Negro flows into the sea here, coming down from the village of Os Muíños, where there is a recreational area. There are some small dunes next to the beach where various kinds of plant grow, such as the morning glory (Calystegia soldanella), the sea holly (Eryngium maritium), the goose tongue (Plantago marítima) and European beach grass (Ammophila arenaria), among others. Waders are also common.
The chapel of San Roque is nearby, at the highest point of Chorente. The “tile changing” rite was held here in the past; it consisted of changing the position of a tile in the direction you wished the wind to blow from, so that sailors could come safely into port.
After this beach are Vilaverde (called Os Loureiros on maps) and Borreiros. Vilaverde beach is named after a sunken city which is said to lie opposite, about which so many legends have been written and are still told. The story tells how there was also a tunnel joining the beach to the monastery of Moraime; the secret exit was here on the beach.
Area Maior / Os Muiños beach, Os Muiños. Muxía, A Coruña