If you are interested in the world of birds, ornithology, and birdwatching you will be delighted with the wealth and diversity of individual habitats throughout the Rías Baixas. You will need to check the best time of the year for each particular habitat. For more information, please click HERE.
At the Monte Aloia Nature Research Centre in Tui, you will be able to obtain plenty of information about local birds.
You can also enjoy bird spotting at the ornithological observatory at the As Gándaras de Budiño lakes (located in the parish of San Salvador de Budiño), an important stopping point for migratory species including garganeys and little bitterns.
From Vigo, you can move on to the Cíes Islands which belong to the Maritime-Terrestrial Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park. Here you can visit the research centre, as well as follow the trails leading to areas with large bird colonies, including the yellow-legged gull (the largest colony in the world is found here).
The Cotorredondo Natural Park is also an ideal place to enjoy some birdwatching.
We also highly recommend the Umia-O Grove Intertidal Complex for birding.
Several different bird species can be observed in the O Suído mountain range, including some birds of prey.
Other ideal places for birdwatching in the Rías Baixas are:
- Bajo Ulla and north-east of the Ría de Arousa
- Costa da Vela and Cabo Udra
- Vigo Ría
- Baiona Ría and Cabo Silleiro
- Miño estuary