- Capital: Barcelona.
- Area: 32,114 km²
- Provinces 4: Lleida, Girona, Barcelona, Tarragona
The northern edge of Catalunya, (Catalonia, Cataluña) borders with Andorra and France at the eastern or Occidental Pyrenees. The plant life here ranges from alpine to Mediterranean. High meadows give way to Beech, Holly and Juniper, then into Cork oaks and Strawberry trees.
Along side a list of animals for the region Wild boar, Fox, Badger, Genet, Beech martin and Dormouse, the Hermann’s Tortoise stands out as an unusual character and is under protection.
An inactive volcanic landscape found in the north east at La Garrotxa, combines woodland, farmland and nature park with diverse plant life that has both Mediterranean and Atlantic influences due to more precipitation on higher ground.
To the west of Lleida the steppe terrain, an extension from Aragon, attracts different forms of wild life such as Little Bustard.
Catalonia enjoys a long coastline known to many beach tourists as the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada.
One nature area, the Ebro delta, which flows out south of Barcelona, is the second most important Mediterranean coastal wetland, with the Camargue in France being the first. (Doñana National Park is on the Atlantic coast.)
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1 National Park Aiguestortes
2 Del Alt Pirineu
3 Cadi Moixero
4 La Garrocha
5 Cabo de Creus
6 Aiguamolls de Lemporda
7 Macizo de Montseny
8 Sant Llorenc del Munt
9 Macizo de Monserrat
11 Els Ports
12 Delta de Ebro Natural Park
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