Oyambre Natural Park—widely known for Oyambre Beach, which gives it its name and fame—encompasses a total of 5,758 hectares of coastal terrain located between the towns of San Vicente de la Barquera and Comillas, on the west coast of Cantabria. It achieved fame in Spain in 1929 due to the ridiculous story of the yellow bird.
The estuaries of San Vicente and La Rabia form the backbone of Oyambre Natural Park, which comprises various different ecosystems. On the coast, you’ll find Oyambre Beach as well as Merón Beach, which lie at the foot of a long chain of small cliffs between 10 and 50 meters high which mark the outline of the coast. Also on the border of the sea and the estuaries, there are several groups of dunes, some of the most attractive of their kind in northern Spain. The interior of Oyambre Natural Park is dominated by the leafy forests of Mount Corona, which is separated from the coast by a series of meadows divided by streams.
The vegetation of Oyambre Natural Park is defined especially by the rich forest on Mount Corona, which is home to a multitude of oaks, ash, holly, hazel, and chestnut trees.
Fauna: The cliffs of Oyambre Natural Park are a perfect space for various species of cocks-of-the-rock, such as peregrine falcons, cormorants, and seagulls. The largest migratory population is concentrated on the dunes of Oyambre Beach. There are several hiking paths around the park that can be leisurely walked, including a path that goes through the forests of Mount Corona, one along the cliffs of San Vicente, one that passes through the cliffs of Las Tinas, and one that leads to Llasca de los Moros, an enormous slope of natural stone that appears artificial due to its whimsical lines.
The entrances to Oyambre Beach can be accessed by highway from the A-8, then we recommend taking the N-634 highway, which runs through the park and connects its different branches. From Comillas, the C-6316 highway splits off towards San Vicente de la Barquera.