COMPLEXO DUNAR DE CORRUBEDO E LAGOAS DE CARREGAL E VIXÁN

Natural spaces
On the Way of St. James
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Location

Ribeira - A Coruña

Coordinates:
42º 34' 18.4" N - 9º 02' 04.4" W

Description

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.

The Ways of St. James

The Route of the Sea of Arousa and River Ulla

Singular nature

Description fauna: The area boasts a good natural representation of the coastal ecosystems, with plants specific to dunes complexes along with an interesting collection of flowering plants. Likewise, reeds and rushes typical of the mudflats. A botanical paradise for specialists interested in rare and unusual plants.
The same occurs with the fauna: various habitats with many possibilities, including outstanding bird communities associated with fresh or salt water environments: anatidae, sandpipers, sea birds and others.

Without missing

Not to be missed: This is one of the most visited Natural Parks in Spain. There is a network of paths and footbridges to avoid invading the dune area and to show visitors the area as completely as possible while showing respect for the natural environment. The starting point is the Casa da Costa or Visitors’ Reception Centre located in O Vilar. There is also another building housing the Galicia Coastal Ecosystems Interpretation Centre (CIELGA) and set out as an informative museum dealing with natural, geological and historical matters for which the Park is justly known. The layout of the self-guided tours (water route, sea route and wind route) allows most of these aspects to be approached. Don’t leave your binoculars at home.
Located in this protected area is the lookout point of Castrocidá, from which good views of this whole stretch of coast can be had. It is highly recommended to visit the megalithic dolmen of Axeitos, closely linked to the Park, and the Galician-Roman hill-fort of Baroña, at the extreme edge of the coastal border which stretches to the mouth of the Ría de Muros and Noia. On this journey via the AC-550 road, we will find directions to two other protected lagoons, that of Xuño and Muro, close to the famous beach of As Furnas which was immortalized by Amenábar in his film Mar adentro [The Sea Inside].

Services

Accommodation: Places nearby.
Food: Yes.

Area

996.25 hectares. SCI: 9,265 hectares.

Situation

The Natural Park is located in the municipality of Ribeira (A Coruña). The SCI also includes the island of Sálvora (Ribeira) and extends along the coast of the municipality of Porto do Son.

Information and facilities

Centro de Recepción de Visitantes Casa da Costa
Centro de Interpretación do Ecosistema Litoral de Galicia (CIELGA)
Telephone: +34 981 878 532

Animal features

Coot
Grebe
Kentish Plover
Mallard
Marsh Harrier
Moorhen
Otter
Spoonbill
Stone Curlew

Further features

Bird watching
Special Protection Area
Wetlands (RAMSAR)
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Map

Last update: 04/05/2015
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