VIGO – CANGAS

NATURE

Monte San Roque – Cangas, Punta Balea Natural Space – Cangas, Congorza Lake – Cangas, Cabo Home Natural Area – Cangas, O Castro – Vigo and Mirador de la Guía – Vigo.

» Monte San Roque – Cangas

The Monte de San Roque is located very close to Cangas, towards Darbo.
It is a large forest populated mainly by pine trees, in which there are several ideal routes for hiking and other activities.

There is the Ermita de San Roque, a place where a popular pilgrimage is held the third week of August. There is also a viewpoint, known as the Balcón do Rei, from where you can see spectacular views of Cangas and the Bay of Vigo.

This natural space, which is located right next to the urban core of Cangas, sits on land declared since 1990 as Protection of Natural Spaces by the Regional Planning Department. It stands out for concentrating a multitude of habitats in a small area and for being an area of great scenic beauty that has various beaches such as Congorza, Do Medio and Areamilla.

Punta Balea is a space with great richness in both flora and fauna. In this area there are more than 400 species of plants cataloged, numerous species of coleopteran insects and butterflies, more than 5 different types of amphibians, 14 types of reptiles and up to 140 different birds of which 23 are raised in the area, as well as 20 mammal species.

In its extension, they can be found with species such as herons, seagulls, stone turnsts and biliaries, up to 19 species of waders and 9 of seagulls. Birds such as sea crows, araos and terns live in the sea.

In the sea cliffs and areas with little soil, we find sea parsley, brave garlic, two orchids, and species of great interest in the Galician context such as the grass to fall in love.

In addition, in Punta Balea seven species of bats fly and other mammals appear such as the small weasel or mustela, the chub hedgehog, the mole, the furan and, occasionally, the jineta and the fox.

» Punta Balea Natural Space – Cangas

» Congorza Lake – Cangas

This lake is the most peculiar habitat in Punta Balea. It was originally a wetland in summer which was completely flooded during the winter. It is a protected area in O Morrazo, and it has a unique beauty, since there are barely any similar habitats in the region.
Up to seven species of ducks live here, among which is the duck, a species that breeds and resides in this area all year round. It also breeds the redfish and, in winter, the coot and the kingfisher appear.

Along the path that goes from O Facho to Cabo Home is the Pinar de Soavela, a forest populated by pine trees, on the side of the cliffs of Soavela (or Costa da Vela). It is a Protected Natural Area as it constitutes an important dune ecosystem that extends to Barra Beach.

Cabo Home is a “protected natural area” within Natura 2000, together with Cabo Udra and O Facho, the oldest place of pilgrimage in Galicia, with 100 roman altars which honoured the Galician deity of the God Berobreo. These settlements are very close to the Galician Atlantic Islands Maritime-Terrestrial National Park and they are a magical place of unparalleled value.

 
In this spectacular open-air geological museum, you will find spectacular cliffs over 150 meters above sea level, with particular rock formations (furnas) and with spectacular views of the Cíes Islands.

This fantastic place is made up of a large formation of dunes and the cliffs of the Costa da Vela, framed by a forest of pine and eucalyptus trees, with various trails.

The beauty of the marine viewpoints, along with the beaches and archaeological sites, are still today the main attractions of this excellent natural destination between the Bays of Vigo and Pontevedra.

It is a place to get lost; to enjoy the sea and the beach; climb Monte O Facho; and walk from Cabo da Vela to Cabo Home.

It is a unique and charming site with beautiful views of the Galician coast.

» Cabo Home Natural Area – Cangas

» O Castro – Vigo

The Monte de O Castro is one of the best known places in Vigo for the impressive views of the estuary that can be seen from its top.
Vigo was born in this archaeological site, between the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, and from this beautiful mountain the city grew, meandering between the slopes, until it became the city that it is today.

O Castro is an archaeological site of 1,800 square meters that includes the reconstruction of 3 castle buildings in one of the most extensive and evolved towns in Galicia. This small part of the Vigo oppidum shows how the inhabitants of the castros lived 2,000 years ago.

Also known as the Finca de la Marquesa or the Parque Municipal Quiñones de León, the Parque de Castrelos, located in Vigo, has great landscaping and botanical value. In 1955 it was declared a Historic Garden and a Site of Cultural Interest.

Today it is the largest park in the city and has historical gardens. a wide variety of green spaces, an auditorium, wooded areas, etc. It is an ideal rest area and a true green lung of the great Galician city.

It is located in the parish of Castrelos, near the Balaídos Stadium, between Avenida de Castrelos and Avenida Antonio Palacios. It is crossed by the Lagares River and the Prado Viejo street and it is undoubtedly one of the obligatory stops for those who visit the Olivian city.

» Castrelos Park – Vigo

» Monte O Cepudo and Monte Alba

Monte O Cepudo, located in Valladares, is one of the highest points in the entire Council of Vigo, being 20 m higher than its twin mount, Monte Alba.
This mountain is part of a 42,200 m2 forest park that has services such as a restaurant, tables, grills and fountains perfect for eating outdoors and above all, the best views in all of Vigo.

In Monte Alba there is a chapel of the same name that is located on the remains of an old fortress. Scattered throughout the area, in this mountain we can find various stone sculptures that have been part of this mountain since 1999.

The Monte de A Guía is located in the upper part of the Teis neighborhood. Presided over by the hermitage of A Nosa Señora das Neves, the whole area is an impressive natural enclave, through which it is possible to stroll listening only to the sound of the sea.
The hermitage of A Nosa Señora das Neves was built in 1950 by the architect Manuel Gomez Román who was in charge of building the new church on the remains of a previous temple from the second half of the 6th century, with Baroque elements. On August 5 there is a popular pilgrimage dedicated to the Virgin, in which the people of the sea appreciate their protection.

» Viewpoint of A Guía – Vigo

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