Natural spaces
On the Way of St. James


A Coruña

Abegondo | Betanzos | Cambre | Carral

43º 16' 59.6" N - 8º 17' 15.1" W


The reservoir of the Mero and Barcés rivers, a little over twenty kilometres from the city of A Coruña, has become the mirror of a placid picture of a world, since its creation in 1976. Benign in climate and generous by nature, the landscape at the service of the city water supply has achieved a high degree of natural adaptation.
Apart from the areas where the water level is about six metres deep on average, with points with a maximum of fitteen metres, in the tail ends of the rivers marshy areas have formed with meadows and forests liable to flooding which have great ecological value. The protected space opens out upriver along the banks of both rivers. At the heart of all this we find the nature workshop of Crendes (Abegondo) which is visited by many school groups and has become a classic viewing station for bird-watching fans.
Also close by we can visit the Villa Florentina (981 676 052), the home-museum of the writer Wenceslao Fernández Flórez who immortalized the forest of Cecebre in his novel El bosque animado (The Enchanted Forest).


From A Coruña, Cambre road; or several turnoffs on the N-VI road. The AC-221 local road passes the dam and crosses the reservoir.

The Ways of St. James

The English Camino


Municipalities of Abegondo, Betanzos, Cambre, and Carral, to the southeast of the city of A Coruña.


493.41 hectares


Accommodation: Yes.
Food: Yes.

Information and facilities

Aula de la Naturaleza de Crendes
Telephone: +34 981 647 916
Address: Abegondo

Further features

Bird watching
Nature Natural spaces ZEC - natura 2000
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