The best watchtowers in Galicia for bird migration
Or simply stroll along the Ría de Ortigueira between November and February, and enjoy the abounding flocks of ducks and waders. Birds can be watched in four distinct areas: the Serra da Capelada, the Ría de Ortigueira, Cariño and Estaca de Bares and the sea facing the entire area.
The first point, the Serra da Capelada, has a steep profile, particularly in the northwest, with the highest cliffs in southern Europe (Garita da Herbeira) and a predominance of flat scrubland. The estuary is winding, with many inlets, canals and meadows of plants adapted to the changing tide; in the outer area, there are large beaches. Estaca de Bares is a large rocky outcrop which is the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula and has rugged cliffs, low lying gorse and heather vegetation, with a wetland area with reeds in its most sheltered point and tree crops elsewhere. The sea facing this area is an unrivalled point in Galicia (and the largest in Europe) to observe the movement of seabirds. Also, it is a feeding ground for many birds that breed in the area.