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NATURAL PARK: AIGUAMOLLS DE L'EMPORDÀ
Name NATURAL PARK: AIGUAMOLLS DE L'EMPORDÀ
Category Natural Parks
City Castelló d'Empúries
Zip Code 17486
Phone 972 45 42 22
Fax 972 45 44 74

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It is the second largest wetland of Catalonia. It is formed by a group of ponds, enclosures and prairies that are flooded by the con- fluence of the Muga and Fluvià rivers. It makes up a privileged habitat for the fauna, especially the aquatic birds.

CREATION
Law 21/1983, of 28 October of the declaration of a natural area of national interest of the integral zoological and botanical reserves of Aiguamolls del Empordà.

SURFACE:
4.866 Ha (that include 859 Ha integral and partial natural reservations).

L’Armentera, Castelló d’Empúries, L’Escala, Palau-saverdera, Pau, Pedret i Marzà, Peralada, Roses, Sant Pere Pescador.

HISTORY
The Natural Park of Aiguamolls del Empordà is one of the most well-known and emblematic of Catalonia, as its creation in 1983 was the consequence of a long and intense defense campaign initiated in 1976 to stop an urbanization project intending to build a residential marina for 60,000 persons in the lagoon system located between the mouths of the Muga and Fluvià rivers.
The Emporda swamps long ago occupied almost all of the area of the bay of Roses and Lower Ter. To give an idea, the massif of Montgrí was isolated by the waters, and the Greeks founded Empúries on an island between the old mouths of the Fluvià and Ter rivers.
That extensive swamp area disappeared due to the drainage for agricultural and livestock watering to avoid malaria, and from the 60’s on, due to urban speculation. If during 1976 the defense campaign were not initiated, currently there would not remain any vestige of this wetland.
In 1983, the Parliament of Catalonia unanimously approved the Law of protection of Aiguamolls del Alt Empordà. Those of the Baix Empordà, meaning, the lower area of Ter and Pals, were left outside of the Law but were finally included within.

Services that offer: 
Exhibitions, conferences, chats, ...
Guided visits for schools
Guided visits for groups

Consult in the Park

Itineraries for the Park:
Cortalet
Vilaüt

OFFICES OF THE PARK
El Cortalet
Crta. de Sant Pere Pescador, km 13,6
17486 Castelló d’Empúries
Tel. 972 45 42 22 - Fax. 972 45 44 74
e-mail: pnaiguamolls.dma@gencat.net / www.parcsdecatalunya.net

HELP US PRESERVE THE PARK !!
Respect the installations, the signs, the itineraries and the prohibited areas.
When observing or taking photographs, you do not have to leave the trails.
Camping out is only allowed on the established campgrounds, or in special cases, on the grounds planned for this use.
Use the trashcans and if there are not any available, take waste home with you. Leave the park as clean as you found it.
You will meet in an agricultural area where many people leave.

MAKE SURE YOUR VISIT DOES NOT BOTHER THEM ...
The best time to observe the birds is in the morning and at dusk, and when there are most of the species in migration (March - May and August - October), although interesting species can be seen all year long.
Binoculars are essential to observe the birds (if you do not have any, they can be rented at the information center)
It is best to dress mimetically in order to not scare the birds and to be able to observe them better. If it has rained, it is important to wear rain boots.
Mosquito repellant is recommended.
Entrance to the observatories and trails is free. For school groups and groups of more than 15 persons, prior reservations are required and we recommend contracting the services of a guide by phoning the Park’s information center.
Drive carefully on the rural roads and trails.
In the natural reserves, it is prohibited to bother, damage or take any kind of animal or plant, live or dead.
Staying overnight in the natural reserves is prohibited, as well as sleeping in the shelters and observatories.
Unleashed dogs are not allowed on the trails of the natural reserves.
The reserves may only be visited on foot. Vehicles must be left in the available parking lots.
However, from July 1 through September 15, the beach of the natural reserve of Las Llaunes may be accessed by a single marked trail only on bicycle. Bicycles may only be used on some sections of the routes of the reserves (those that join other areas)

NORMATIVE
Law 21/1983, of the 28th of October of the declaration of natural area of natural interest of integral zoological and botanical reserves of Aiguamolls del Empordà.
Law 12/1985, of 13 June for natural areas, in the first final disposition, modifies the denomination of the natural areas of national interest of La Garrotxa and of Aiguamolls del Empordà, as Natural Parks.
Area of special protection, September 1987, in accordance with Guideline 79/409 CEE, of bird conservation.
Resolution 15 March 93, inclusion in the list of the Agreement of wetlands of international importance, especially as habitats for aquatic birds (Ramsar)(BOE 73, 26/03/93)

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