Parque Nacional de las Islas Atlánticas

Parque Nacional de las Islas Atlánticas

Situated off the south west coast of Galicia, in north western Spain, the Islas Atlánticas National Park is made up of four groups of islands forming an important land-sea ecosystem for the many colonies of sea birds, especially seagulls and shags. The island groups comprise of the Cies, Ons, Cortegada and Salvora. The total protected area covers 8,333 ha and extends from the Arousa estuary in the north to the Vigo estuary in the south.

The Cíes Islands is accessed by boat from Vigo, Baiona and Cangas; however, access is restricted to a maximum 2,200 people per day. There is a Nature Centre in the monastery of Santo Estevo and an Information Point in Ons.

The tourist towns such as Pontevedra, Baiona, Vigo, O Grove, Sanxenxo, and Vilagarcía de Arousa are all worth visiting. In Cíes there is a pre-Roman settlement.

The islands provide an important home to large colonies of seabirds. These include gulls, shags, cormorants as well as the rare Arao. Over 200 species of different animals have been recorded here. The islands water’s are teeming with life which include turtles, dolphins, seals, whales, shell fish and molluscs.

There have been more than 200 alga types recorded and 400 land plant species. The Islas Atlánticas National Park is also home to the largest laurel forest in Europe.


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