- Region: Galicia
- Province: La Coruña
- Declared a Natural Park: 1992
- Park surface area: 1000 hectares
- Nearest town: Riveira
Points of interest
The Dunas de Corrubedo y lagunas de Carregal y Vixán Natural Park covers about 10 km2 and is situated at the end of the Barbanza Peninsula between the Arosa and the Muros y Noya estuaries. Its international importance as a wetland has been recognised as a Ramsar site and the European Union has also included it within a Special Protection Area.
This area holds a dune system that includes a large shifting dune of over 1km in length, 250 metres wide and 20 metres in height. The site also includes the two main lagoons that are very different as the laguna de Vixán holds fresh water and the laguna de Carregal, salt water. There are also numerous streams that form an extensive marshy area and a stand of pine trees.
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The area provides an outstanding example of dune flora and is particularly notable for several endemic species and sub-species. The site supports salt-resistant vegetation and extensive reedbeds.
Numerous reptiles, amphibians, and mammals are present, and the area is an important habitat for breeding, migrating and wintering waterbirds.
There are a few self-guided and easy walking routes to take in the area. The three main ones are the Camino del agua, Camino del mar and Camino del viento that give an overall view of the different habitats and wildlife in each area.
Also, don’t miss the lookout point Pedra da Ra that gives a great perspective of the mobile dune area and several islands of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia.
The Mirador de Castrocidá also gives fantastic panoramic views along the coast and the megalithic dolmen of Axeitos and Galician-Roman fort of Baroña are also well worth a visit.
Information about the Dunas de Corrubedo y lagunas de Carregal y Vixán Natural Park, its wildlife and the network of footpaths in and around the dune area can be found at the Casa da Costa or Visitors’ Reception Centre located in Lugar do Vilar, Carreira.
There is also a fantastic interpretation centre close to the Casa da Costa info centre that houses the Centro de Interpretación do Ecosistema Litoral de Galicia which holds an interesting and informative museum covering the subjects of fauna, geology and historical past of the area.
The Galician tourist website has an official page here. https://www.turismo.gal/que-visitar/espazos-naturais/parques-naturais/complexo-dunar-de-corrubedo?langId=en_US
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