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Coat of arms
Location of Moaña
Moaña is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°17′N 8°45′W / 42.283°N 8.75°W / 42.283; -8.75Coordinates: 42°17′N 8°45′W / 42.283°N 8.75°W / 42.283; -8.75
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Galicia
Province Pontevedra
Comarca O Morrazo (region)
Founded 1836
 - Alcalde Xosé M. Millán Otero (BNG)
 - Total 31.5 km2 (12.2 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2008)
 - Total 18,709
 - Density 593.9/km2 (1,538.3/sq mi)
 - Demonym Moañés, -esa
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 36950
Official language(s)
Website Official website

Moaña is a municipality of 18,709 inhabitants located in Galicia, Spain in the province of Pontevedra. It is one of the five municipalities with Bueu, Cangas do Morrazo, Marin and Vilaboa that forms the peninsula of O Morrazo. This peninsula separates the Ria of Vigo from the Ria of Pontevedra. The coast of Moaña has several beaches and the area combines tourism with traditional seafood production. The surrounding sea contains sea farms where mussels, oysters and other species are cultivated and it is an idyllic place for practicing sea sports activities. The Strait of Rande, where the Rande Bridge now connects Moaña with the municipality of Redondela, was the scene of the Battle of Vigo Bay (or Battle of Rande). Moaña has developed a significant cultural life with the highlights of this being the Interceltic Festival of Morrazo, the Week of Carnival and numerous other local feasts. Social movements were relevant in Moaña in the first half of the 20th century where the presence of the CNT (National Confederation of Labour) was significant. In fact, the current local pub/bar for retired people was the head office of this syndicate in Moaña during the Second Spanish Republic.



Moaña has a mild oceanic climate. Temperatures are not extreme, having an annual average of 15°C. Precipitation oscilates between 1300 and 1500mm per year.


Traditional shipyard

The economy of Moaña has always been related to the sea. This relationship covers all the economic sectors. The activities of the primary sector complement industrial and services industries, which are also based on the maritime activities. The primary sector (mainly fishing) contains 24.4% of the working population (2006 data). 39% of the working population work within the secondary sector. This sector's main activities are building, shipyard activities and the canning of seafood. The services sector has 37% of the working population with shopping and tourism being the main activities. Tourism amenities within the area include a golf camp and three pleasure harbours.




The whole south limit of Moaña is coast. There are a series of rocky cliffs and beaches from the strait of Rande to the municipality of Cangas. Cliffs are short of height and there are some small beaches at their bottom. Large beaches are formed in the inlets. The most popular are:

A Borna Beach.
  • A Xunqueira Beach, located in the city centre. It is surrounded by a park and sportive premises.
  • O Con Beach, located between the main dock of Moaña and Cortés cape. Good quality of sand. Fully equipped Blue Flag beach.
  • Canabal Beach or Germans' Beach, located in the parish of Tirán, it is a very quiet place. Urban leyend says that during the Second World War some german soldiers lived there.
  • Domaio Beach, located next to the dock of Domaio.
  • Meira Beach, located next to A Xunqueira beach, between Saint Bartolome's Island and the coast of the parish of Meira.
  • Raven's Nest Beach (Praia do Niño do corvo), small beach located at the bottom of a short clift in the coast of Tirán.
  • A Borna Beach, located in the parish of Domaio.
  • Videira Beach, located in the parish of Tirán.


There are several rivers and loads of streams, highlighting:

  • A Fraga’s River or Thieve’s River It starts in Xaxán Mountain and it flows into the A Xunqueira beach. It is the largest in the entire municipality. It contains several small deep pools and waterfalls. There are 31 restored watermills integrated in a Watermill’s Route. Three of those are still in active.
  • Freixa’s River
  • Hell’s River
  • Miñouba River, It starts in the Faro Mountain in the parish of Domaio. It has the famous Moura’s deep pool.
  • Ravine’s River

Leisure, Monuments and Places of Interest

  • Country House of O Rosal (Pazo do Rosal), interesting example of civil architecture in second half of XVIII century. In the chapel is buried the rear admiral Casto Méndez Núñez.
  • Dolmen of Chan Da Arquiña
  • Moaña Leisure Harbour, where to practice sea sport activities like sailing or sport fishing.
  • Ria de Vigo Golf Club, founded in 1989, It is located in the parish of Domaio where players can enjoy its exceptional views to the Vigo Bay.
  • O Beque Municipal Camping, located next to the Fraga Stream, It offers tennis courts, swimming pool, children’s park, picnic area, restaurant and parking.
  • Saint Martin's Church (Igrexa de San Martiño), built in the XII century, It is one of the best examples of the romanesque art in Galicia.
  • Saint John of Tiran's Church, little church built on the period of transition from the late romanesque to the gothic art of the XIII century.
  • Saint Eurlalia of Meira's Church , baroque church.
  • Water Mill’s Route


S.D Tirán Crew

Rowing is one the most popular sports. The are two active rowing clubs, S.D. Samertolameu (Meira) and S.D. Tirán, who compete in the highest category. In 1960, a crew made up of the best rowers from both clubs, under the name of Moaña, won the Rowing Championship of Spain. After that, the S.D. Tirán won three more times this competition in 1961, 1996 and 1997.

Sister Cities


  • Domaio
  • Meira
  • Moaña
  • Tirán


  • Casto Méndez Núñez, Spanish rear admiral.
  • Santiago Castroviejo, Botanist.
  • Celso Parada Fernández, Actor.
  • José Costa Alonso,.
  • Xose Manuel Budiño, Piper and famous galician musician.
  • Xavier Blanco, Musician.
  • Jonathan Aspas, Football player.

Picture Gallery

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Directed by Robert J. Flaherty
Produced by Robert J. Flaherty
Written by Robert J. Flaherty
Starring Fa'agase Su'a-Filo
Cinematography Robert J. Flaherty
Editing by Robert J. Flaherty
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) January 7, 1926 (U.S. release)
Running time 85 min.

Moana (1926) is a documentary film, the first docufiction in the history of cinema, directed by Robert J. Flaherty, the creator of Nanook of the North (1922). Contemporary to Robert Flaherty, the Portuguese José Leitão de Barros is with him one of the first filmmakers to explore docufiction and ethnofiction as forms of dramatic narrative: Maria do Mar (1930) is the second one.

Trying to get Flaherty to repeat the success of his earlier project, Paramount Pictures sent Flaherty to Samoa to capture the traditional life of the Pacific islanders on film. Flaherty arrived in Samoa in April 1923 and stayed until December 1924, with the film being completed in December 1925. Flaherty took both a regular movie camera and a Prizmacolor camera, hoping to film some footage in that color process, but the Prizmacolor camera malfunctioned. Moana is thought to be the first feature film made with panchromatic black-and-white film, rather than orthochromatic film.

However, Flaherty was always one step behind Western influences. Finally ending up in the village of Safune on the island of Savai'i, he found that the missionaries had been there before him, and the native population had already abandoned their traditional clothing for Western styles.

Furthermore, the island was a virtual paradise so that unlike Nanook, he could not build on the theme of "Man against Nature" for the storyline of his film. Therefore, while the film was visually stunning, it failed at the box office, leaving Flaherty to attempt to find other locations more like the treacherous Arctic for his next film. In the book Call it Courage it was known as the God of the Sea.

The word "documentary" was first applied to films of this nature in a review of this movie written by "The Moviegoer", a pen name for John Grierson in the New York Sun on 8 February 1926.

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