The Ons Islands


Ons: A natural paradise on the coast of Galicia

The archipelago of the Ons Islands is located on the Atlantic coast of Galicia in north-western Spain. They form part of the Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia and are made up of three main islands: Ons, Onza and Montalvo, as well as several smaller islets.


The main island, Ons is the largest and covers an area of 4.9 km². Despite its size, the island’s population is small, with only about 100 people living there year-round. However, during the summer months, the population increases significantly due to tourism.

The main island has several stunning beaches, including Melide Beach, which has been awarded the EU Blue Flag for the quality of its waters and services.

In terms of accommodation, visitors have several options. There is a small hotel on the main island, as well as several rental houses and campsites. There are also several restaurants and bars where visitors can enjoy Galician gastronomy, which is based on fresh produce from the sea and the land.


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Melide Beach

Melide beach is one of the most relaxed beaches on the island of Ons.because there are no facilities such as umbrellas and sunbeds, restaurants or bars in the area. This makes it an ideal place for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy nature at its purest.

Melide beach is also a well-known place for those who love water sports, such as surfing and windsurfing. Due to its location, the beach has ideal conditions for these sports, particularly during the summer.

In addition to the beaches, visitors can also discover the island’s flora and fauna. The Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia protects a multitude of species, including some that are endemic to the area.

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lighthouse of Ons

One of the most famous places on the island is the Ons Lighthouse dating from 1865. In addition to its original function as a lighthouse, the Ons Lighthouse is also a popular tourist attraction thanks to its panoramic views: visitors can climb the steps of the lighthouse to reach the top. At the base of the lighthouse, there is a small souvenir shop where it is possible to buy souvenirs.

The Ons Lighthouse is also an ideal place to observe seabirds, especially during spring and autumn migration. Visitors can enjoy watching species such as seagulls, cormorants and shearwaters.

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Beaches of As Dornas in the Ons Islands

The Ons Islands are also a popular place for hiking enthusiasts. There are several marked trails on the main island that allow visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. One of the most popular trails is the one that leads to As Dornas Beach, which is considered one of the most incredible beaches on the island. This beach is ideal for those looking for a quiet place to relax, enjoy the sun and the sea.

In addition to the natural beauty of As Dornas beach, the area is also well known among hikers. There are many marked trails through which it is possible to explore the north coast of the island. These trails offer wonderful panoramic views of the sea and the coast, and are ideal for those who want to enjoy the nature of the island.


In conclusion, the Ons Islands are a popular tourist destination in northwest Spain thanks to their natural beauty, their multitude of activities and their rich gastronomy. La isla principal cuenta con varias playas de gran belleza, así como con una gran variedad de flora y fauna protegidas por el Parque Nacional Marítimo-Terrestre de las Islas Atlánticas del Océano Atlántico in the region of Galicia. Visitors can also explore the lighthouse, enjoy hiking and sample the local cuisine in the island’s restaurants and bars.