Getting to know the plants of the A Lanzada dune system

Dune areas are one of the most biodiverse habitats to be found in the marine environment, but also one of the most hostile areas for vegetation due to high salinity, sandy soil structure or high insolation. In order to withstand such conditions, many of the plant species living here have had to undergo special physiological adaptations. In the A Lanzada dune system, the sea lily (Pancratium maritimum) develops its roots deep down in order to find fresh water; certain types of grasses, such as the Ammophilla arenaria, they develop thick cuticles in order to repel excessive salinity; and sea holly (Eryngium maritimum) covers the surface of its leaves with a dense layer of hairs to prevent evaporation.

How to behave

  • drive on the marked paths, as the dunes are very sensitive to trampling.
  • do not touch or remove animal or plant species
  • do not turn over the rocks

Visitor profile

  • Family
  • Couple
  • Group of friends
  • Solitaire

Type of clothing

  • Sports clothing
  • Waterproof clothing

Additional equipment

  • Backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hydration
  • Cap or hat
  • Rain jacket

Type of footwear

  • Trainers
  • Flip-flops


  • Sunny
  • Cloudy
  • In windy weather
  • Cold


  • 1 km

How to get there

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