The Municipality of Noia officially joined the rurAllure project as an associate partner.
Located in Galicia, Spain, Noia is known as “little Compostela” due to its gothic style of architecture. Its historic center, located just in-between the blue ocean and green wilderness makes Noia a must rest stop for pilgrims on their way along the Camino de Santiago path.
Rich in cultural heritage, Noia is known as a birthplace of distinguished poets Antón Avilés de Taramancos (1935, Noia – 1992, A Coruña) and María Mariño (1907, Noia – 1967, Folgoso do Courel), praised on the Day of Galician Letters, a festivity that celebrates Galician language and its writers. Two sculptures commemorate their importance in the history and culture of the town can be found in the Gardens of Felipe de Castro, right by the City Council of Noia.
Their love for local culture, traditions and Galician language defined both literary style and their entire way of life. “I started writing in Galician because I had a problem that I couldn’t solve in Spanish – Antón Avilés de Taramancos declared in an interview. – I talked about my village surroundings and the names of birds, trees and things I didn’t know in Spanish, but in Galician. I was not yet aware of the meaning of nationalist ideas or of the defense of our language. The language was a working tool and I couldn’t use another because I didn’t even know how to say goldfinch or ash tree”.
Local artist Alfonso Costa paid tribute to Avilés de Taramancos by creating a contemporary sculpture at the seafront promenade. Both writers were dear friends of a Galician poet linked to rurAllure project, Uxio Novoneyra, which Foundation is a part of the Consortium.
There are many places in Galicia where history, art, nature and legend intermingle to offer tourists and pilgrims a unique experience: the rurAllure literary pilot could not miss a town like Noia!