Brings you the best marine ecotourism experiences in Europe

The Rias Baixas, in the Southwest of Galicia, is the place where you can see the colours of an ocean penetrating into land. Small fishing villages, islands, landscapes full of history, churches… come and dive into this region.

The Atlantic Islands National Park can be found here and is formed by the Cíes Islands, Ons, Sálvora and Cortegada. The Cíes Islands used to be a pirate haunt. Today, the islands are uninhabited, and only during the summer are they opened to the public. From the lighthouse the views are marvellous and you can enjoy thousands of seagulls (Larus michahellis) squawking around the cliffs (this colony is one of the largest in Europe). Furthermore, here you can find the best beach in the world, according to The Guardian: Rodas Beach. Enjoy its crystal-clear waters, its fine sand and the pine forest that shelters the beach. At Ons you must visit the “furnas”, mysterious granite sea caves cut by the waves, like the legendary “Burato do Inferno”. This cave was believed to go down directly to hell and during the stormy nights you could hear the voices of dead.

If you want to feel like a real Viking, come to the “Romería Vikinga” in Catoira. Each first Sunday of August the people from Catoira stage with a singular spectacle the Viking invasions suffered a thousand years ago. In 2002 it was declared as a “Festival of International Tourist Interest”.

Between the Arousa estuary and the Muros and Noia estuaries you can discover one of the most visited attractions in Galicia: the majestic Sand Dunes of Corrubedo, one of the Natural Parks of Galicia. It has a length of 1,300 meters, a width of 250 and a height of 20 meters.

Moreover, in O Grove you can visit the A Lanzada Beach, with over 3,5 km of length. This beach is frequented by surfers but also by nature lovers, who come attracted by the dunes and the birds like the Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus). This beach is one of the few breeding areas existing in Galicia for this species.

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