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The river Xallas permeates and determines the whole character of the City Council of Dumbría. It crosses it from north to south until it reaches its maximum expression in the form of a waterfall directly over the Atlantic Ocean. It’s all a natural spectacle for the senses!
Before being transformed into a waterfall, this river of only 62km is retained by four reservoirs: A Fervenza, A Ponte Olveira, Castrelo and Santa Uxía. These reservoirs form wetlands of great scenic beauty for their abundant native flora and fauna; the idyllic place for ornithology lovers. Also noteworthy are the natural cavities built over the centuries by the force of the water as it passes through the rocks; they are the so-called sinks or boilers.
In the last section the river has a difference of 155m and the height of the waterfall is 40 meters; a little more than the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro (38m). It’s all a height show!
As a curiosity it is possible to speak of the name change of this river. Formerly known as the Lézaro River (19th century), later changed to the Jallas River (1815) and again, today, recovered the old name but evolved to how it is known today: Ézaro River. Where does the name Ézaro come from ?? It derives from the word Essar which means fast movement of water.
A river with several names but with the same meaning: spectacle of nature!
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