Tag Archives: Natural Parks in Catalonia

Macizo del Montseny Natural Park

  • Region: Catalonia
  • Province: Barcelona and Gerona
  • Declared a Natural Park: Biosphere Reserve 1978. Natural Park 1987
  • Park surface area: 50,166 hectares. Expanded from 30,000 hectares in 2014)
  • Towns and villages: Aiguafreda, Arbucias, Breda, Brull, Campins, Cánoves y Samalús, Figaró-Montmany, Fogás de Monclús, La Garriga, Gualba, Montseny, Riells i Viabrea, San Esteban, San Felíu de, Buxalleu, San Pedro de Vilamajor, Seva and Viladrau

Points of interest

Biosphere reserve

The Macizo del Montseny Natural Park (Just 50 kilometres from Barcelona) is the oldest in Catalonia and is also one of the most important because in a relatively small area there are typical plant communities of the three major European biomes : the Mediterranean (holm oak, cork oak and Aleppo pine), the Eurosiberian (Scots pine, beech and white fir) and boreoalpine (alpine meadow). The Montseny natural fir forest is the southernmost in Europe and this was the main reason that in 1978 UNESCO declared the area a protected Biosphere Reserve.

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Aiguamolls de L’Empordà Natural Park

  • Region: Cataluña
  • Province: Gerona
  • Declared a Natural Park: 1985
  • Park surface area: 4.783 hectares
  • Towns and villages: Castellón de Ampurias, La Armentera, La Escala, Palau Sabardera, Pau, Pedret y Marsá, Perelada, Rosas and San Pedro Pescador
Points of interest

Aiguamolls de L’Empordà Natural Park forms part of the Bay of Roses and the marshland lies between the two Rivers Fluvià and Muga. It is the second largest wetland in Catalonia, the Ebro delta being the largest.

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Cabo de Creus Natural Park

  • Region: Catalonia
  • Province: Gerona
  • Declared a Natural Park: 1998
  • Park surface area: The total area of the parks is 13,855 ha, of which 10,781 correspond to land area (includes 3,276 ha of natural area of national interest and 900 ha of nature reserves) plus 3,074 ha of marine environment.
  • Towns and villages: Cadaqués, Llansá, Palau Sabardera, Pau, Puerto de la Selv, Rosas, Selva de Mar, Vilajuïga

Points of interest

The Natural Park of Cabo de Creus is a peninsula and a headland located at the most northeastern point of Spain and was the first maritime-terrestrial park created in Catalonia.

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Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park

  • Region: Catalonia
  • Province: Gerona
  • Declared a Natural Park: 1985
  • Park surface area: 13,309 hectares
  • Towns and villages: Castellfullit de la Roca, Las Planas, Las Presas, Mieras, Montagut y Oix, Olot, Sant Aniol de, Finestrás, San Feliu de Pallarols, San Juan les Fonts, Santa Pau, Vall de Vianya

Points of interest

The Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park covers a holocene volcanic field (also known as the Olot volcanic field). The volcanos (about forty within the park) are no longer active and the last eruption (Croscat) occurred around 11,000 years ago.

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