Natural spaces
On the Way of St. James



Moaña | Pontevedra | Redondela | Soutomaior | Vilaboa

42º 18' 35.0" N - 8º 38' 19.6" W


It looks like a lake. The final inlet of the Ría de Vigo, almost eight kilometres long and four wide, is reduced to 700 metres in the strait of Rande. This is also its deepest point, for a good part of the water drains out during low tide and the water is shallow in the other part. The plain uncovered at low tide is green and rich in bivalve shellfish, like the oysters of Arcade, and aquatic birds. But it is also rich in literary references: songs to friends by the troubadours of the Ría de Vigo and adventures like Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, by Jules Verne, mixed with the treasures of the sunken galleons in Rande.
The old salt works of Ulló, in the neighbourhood of Paredes (Vilaboa), permitted easy access along its walls to this natural space. Cultural references to the inlet can be found on the island of San Simón, where there is an Interpretation Centre to explain its long history and different uses since Lazareto, a concentration camp. It can be visited mainly in summer, from the harbour of Cesantes (Redondela) and Santo Adrán de Cobres (Vilaboa). Outside of this protected area, on the O Morrazo peninsula, is the Park of Cotorredondo which has a nature workshop beside lake Castiñeiras.


Roads between Vigo and Pontevedra: on the right the N- 550 and the AP-9; on the left, communications centre in Redondela (N-552, N-555).

The Ways of St. James

Portiguese Route
Portiguese Route by coast


Inside the Ría de Vigo, municipalities of Moaña, Pontevedra, Redondela, Soutomaior and Vilaboa.


2,252.06 hectares


Accommodation: Yes.
Food: Yes.

Information and facilities

C. Interpretación das Illas San Simón e San Antonio. Visitas: www.fundacionilladesansimon.org
Nature Natural spaces ZEC - natura 2000
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