River basin biodiversity
This protected nature area is divided between the Regions of Galicia and Asturias , and was designated Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2007. This recognition takes into account the biodiversity of the Eo River and its estuary, a large part of the Navia, Porcía and Miño river basins, and major coastal basins running onto the Cantabrian Sea. The Río Eo, Oscos y Terras de Burón Reserve is in northwestern Spain and includes 14 municipal districts. In the Galicia part, the reserve includes Ribadeo , Trabada, A Pontenova, Ribeira de Piquín, Baleira, A Fonsagrada and Negueira de Muñiz. In the Region of Asturias, it covers the villages of Castropol, Vegadeo, San Tirso de Abres, Taramundi , Villanueva de Oscos, Santa Eulalia de Oscos and San Martín de Oscos. It has a total of almost 160,000 hectares of protected countryside, with three special bird protection areas (ZEPAs), nine community interest areas (LICs), and one Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR Convention) - the Eo river estuary.
Río Eo, Osco y Terras de Burón Biosphere Reserve
What you need to know
In this area you can still see small villages that maintain the traditional architecture of northern Spain. Especially noteworthy is Ribadeo's stately character and the typical constructions in Taramundi. As a whole, most of the economic activity in these villages centres on livestock and tourism.
This region contains enormous biodiversity. Here you will find forests of laurel and willow on the cliff tops, oak woods on the coast and mountainsides, luxuriant riverside woodland, holly and oak trees. A far as fauna is concerned, special mention should be made of salmon, along with other fish such as lamprey, eel and allis. There are also colonies of palearctic otter, freshwater mother of pearl and Pyrenean desman.
Information for visits
Located 100 kilometres from Asturias Airport and 145 kilometres from La Coruña. You can get to the Reserve by road on the N-634 from Oviedo , the capital of the Asturias Region, and also from Lugo . During your visit you can get information about the Reserve at the Eo River Visitor Centre in the town of Ribadeo, Lugo province. Otherwise, you can also go to tourist offices in different towns and villages in the area.