Cortegada Archipelago

Foto de Cortegada
Pertence ao concello de
Vilagarcía de Arousa
191 Hectares: 43.8 ha terrestrial and 147.2 ha marine.
Outras figuras de protección

Download the Cortegada Island brochure by clicking here. mapa CORT peq cast

This set of islands and islets, with a very flat relief, is located in the Arousa estuary, at the mouth of the Ulla River. Its location inside the estuary differentiates it from the outer islands of the Park. This situation, more protected from the force of the sea and the Atlantic wind, means that its bottoms are covered with sand, which is widely used by the inhabitants of the area for the cultivation of clams and other bivalves.

Inside the island of Cortegada there is a humid forest of laurels and other native trees that surround the abandoned village and its hermitage.

On the islet of Malveira Grande, which is a reserve area, one of the few island forests of Pyrenean oak on the Atlantic coast is preserved.

You can access the Library section to consult and download more brochures and resources about the islands.

How to get there?

By maritime public transport

There is no regular daily transport, so visitors must contact the shipping companies that organize groups visiting this island from various ports, mainly: Vilagarcía, and Carril.

These groups must be accompanied by a guide accredited by the park in a ratio of 25 visitors per guide. The maximum daily visitor quota for the Cortegada archipelago is 150-250 people.

See the shipping companies that make trips to Cortegada at the end of this same page.

By private boat

The visit can be made any day of the year, but it is necessary to have the navigation and anchoring permits issued by the National Park. The form to request navigation permission can be downloaded on this website in the section of authorizations and it also indicates the documentation that must be attached. The applications, once completed, can be sent by email, regular mail or fax to the National Park offices.

Once the navigation permission has been obtained, you can request the permissions of anchoring for those days you want to anchor in the islands. 
The daily limit in this archipelago is 15-20  anchorages/day in the perimeter zone.

Barco en Cortegada
Barco en Cortegada

What to see?


Create the interactive map with the aspects that interest you most (bearing in mind that you can only walk along the routes marked in colour) or download the PDF with the map and information on routes and points of interest by clicking here.mapa CORT peq gal



The national park
  Address E-mail Telephone no. Fax
Administrative Office of the National Park: Oliva 3, 36202 VIGO iatlanticas [at] (iatlanticas[at]xunta[dot]gal) +34 886 21 80 90 +34 886 21 80 94
Visitors Center Rúa Palma 4. Casco Vello - Vigo (behind the Collegiate Church or Concathedral of Vigo)
Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. preferential attention to school groups)
Friday and Saturday 10am-2pm / 4.30pm-7.30pm
(Closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Shipping companies / Companies with service to Cortegada Island

Organized Groups / Educational Visits

Name Telephone no. Web E-mail
ALVAMAR NÁUTICA +34 683 580 364 / +34 653 516 969 / info [at] (info[at]alvamarnautica[dot]com)
AMARE TURISMO NÁUTICO SL +34 650 410 322 info [at] (info[at]amareturismonautico[dot]com)
CHARTERTERRANOVA +34 620 220 855 info [at] (info[at]charterterranova[dot]com)
CRUCEROS DO ULLA SL +34 986 731 818 / +34 608 089 458 info [at] (info[at]crucerosdoulla[dot]com)
MAR DE AGUIÑO +34 630 233 702 / +34 619 978 390 mardeaguino [at] (mardeaguino[at]hotmail[dot]com)
MEDUSA CENTRO BUCEO E TURISMO ACTIVO +34 633 119 533 / +34 986 502 044 centrobuceomedusa [at] (centrobuceomedusa[at]gmail[dot]com) 
NAVIERA NABIA +34 986 320 048 info [at] (info[at]piratasdenabia[dot]com)
OCEANIC AROUSA TOURS +34 648 458 116 info [at] (info[at]oceanicarousa[dot]com)
OFTEFOR CB (CORTICATA) +34 625 807 923 / +34 639 870 488 info [at] (info[at]corticata[dot]com)
PIRAGÜILLA OCIO Y AVENTURA +34 625 336 323 oficina [at] (oficina[at]piraguilla[dot]com)
RUTAS JUAN ALLO +34 672 659 484 rutasjuanallo [at] (rutasjuanallo[at]gmail[dot]com) 
RUTAS RÍAS BAIXAS SLU +34 609 359 141 info [at] (info[at]taximar-riasbaixas[dot]com) 
SAILWAY +34 986 442 351 info [at] (info[at]sailway[dot]es)
SUSIACUÑA SL +34 986 229 235 susions [at] (susions[at]isladeons[dot]net)
TURIMARES SL +34 986 733 543 / +34 620 997 621 info [at] (info[at]crucerosturimares[dot]com)