Result of the wind
Corrubedo is the home of the largest dune in Galicia.
The moving dune in this open space between the Ría
Arousa and that of Muros and Noia is impressive in
size, more than a kilometre long on its curved
advancing front. During the hardest winter months
it reaches twenty metres high. It is calculated to be
between 200 and 250 metres wide; although it
seems that it was larger in the past. Somewhere
between legend and exaggeration, it was
documented that at the end of the 19th century the
dune was more than 60 metres high.
To windward, facing the sea, it is long and low lying,
like the back of an animal. It drops to leeward,
towards the ground, and with no vegetation to hold
it back advances across the plain at a speed of two
to three centimetres a year.
The omnipresence of the queen of the Park should
not make us forget the other Park’s attractions: two
lagoons, one of salt water and the other of fresh
water, with extensive mud flats connected to them
and internationally important wetlands.
Vixán, the fresh water lagoon, is fed by the waters of
the modest Muíño stream, subject to seasonal
fluctuations in water volume. Carregal, the salt water
lagoon, is connected to the ocean, dividing in two the
long beach facing the rocks called Pedras da Ferreira.
The rise and fall of the tides is via this channel, one of
the central points of the Corrubedo complex. The rich
ecological life of the Park is reaffirmed in the mud
flats which are teeming with life, and all this in little
more than one thousand hectares.