A paradise of birds in the Rías Baixas
This important bird watching area is composed of two distinct settings: O Grove and the surrounding municipalities, with different coastal ecosystems, and the Illas Atlánticas National Park, including notably the Cíes islands, Ons island and Sálvora island.
In O Grove and its surroundings we can visit sections of rocky coastline with beaches, marshes, dunes and the famous O Vao intertidal inlet. Around the whole area, also noteworthy is the existence of farm fields and old clay mines that attract more birds. In short, we are in one of the most extraordinary places for watching waterbirds and seabirds in the north of the Iberian Peninsula, where hundreds of species have been recorded, some of which are particularly rare or difficult to observe. The National Park includes islands where steep cliffs give way to placid beaches (such as the Cíes and Ons islands), other beaches with a softer profile (such as Sálvora) or lower and wooded beaches (such as Cortegada). Here, seabird colonies are the main draw.