Ría de San Vicente de la Barquera in Oyambre Natural Park

Oyambre Nature Reserve


Different landscapes on the coast

The Reserve's most important characteristic is the diversity of ecosystems it presents.

We can distinguish several different landscapes in the Reserve. The cliffs, with heights ranging between 10 and 50 metres. There is also an area of beaches open to the sea, such as those of Merón and Oyambre, and another 'inland beaches' which open out onto the estuaries, such as those of San Vicente or La Rabia. Then we come across the actual estuaries of San Vicente and La Rabia, that form another different ecosytem.The most varied ensemble with the most important biological richness is the marsh.The fifth landscape is made up of series of dunes.Lastly, the more inland area, forming low hills covered in meadows and crossed by streams.Thus, the Reserve's flora and fauna is quite different, according to the ecosystem in question.Thus, we find a diversity of birds of prey that nest in the cliffs, and numerous species of migratory birds in the marshes.

Oyambre Nature Reserve

San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria  (Cantabria)

Type of area:Natural Park Area:5,700 hectares Email:info@redcantabrarural.com (Red Cántabra de Desarrollo Rural) Tel.:+34 942 712 019 (Centro de Interpretación del Parque Natural de Oyambre) Tel.:+34 942 049 438 Website:Oyambre Nature Reserve Website:Oyambre Nature Reserve

Cantabria (Cantabria):

Useful information

What you need to know

  • Cultural information

    The nearby towns, for example San Vicente de la Barquera, Comillas and others house an extremely important monumental and artistic heritage.

  • Environmental information

    It includes the estuaries of San Vicente and la Rabía, as well as beaches, dunes and cliffs that extend between them. It setting is structured as an area of ridges and small valleys, hills and small crests, where meadows abound. The ensemble of shapes moulded by the sea beaches, cliffs, dunes, estuaries and marshes, besides the thin patches.

  • Information for visits

    Unrestricted access to the Nature Park.