Alt Empordà is an extraordinary region regarding its natural patrimony. To note, it is the only region of Catalonia that has three classified natural areas in an area of only 100 km2. Aside from the parks, in Alt Empordà there are many natural areas to fully enjoy contact with natural and outdoor activities. A region full of life in a natural space. A region crossed by flowing rivers that allow the practice of sports, mountains for hiking and mountain biking; reservoirs and lagoons for water sports.
PEIN LES SALINES
LOCATION - BY ROAD It can be reached from different roads and towns. From the N-II we can go toward Agullana turning off the AP-7 (exit 2) and taking the Gi-500. From Agullana, we go toward La Vajol on the GI-501. Another option is to take exit 3 and go toward Darnius. - ON FOOT The GR-11 crosses a large part of the area of Las Salines on its section from La Jonquera to Albanyà. - BY BUS The company David and Manel, have regular line from Figueres with Agullana, Darnius and Maçanet de Cabrenys.
WHAT WE CAN FIND? Transborder massif of 4107 hectares, located in the towns of Maçanet de Cabrenys, Agullana, La Vajol and Albanyà. The massif has a large variety of forest habitats, mainly conifer forests (pines, firs) and mountain Holm oaks, as well as deciduous trees (beeches and oaks,). Among the fauna stands out the abundance of mammals (wild boars, foxes), as well as the fowl: predators (sparrow hawks, kestrels) forest birds (blackbirds, woodpeckers). The great density of monumental trees, shrines and sanctuaries is also notable.
PEIN ALTA GARROTXA
LOCATION - BY ROAD From Figueres, it pick up the road Gi-510 direction Llers and until Albanyà. Once there, we will continue on foot.. - ON FOOT You can arrive for the GR-11 and for the GR-1. There are also numerous local itineraries in the area. - BY TRAIN The nearest station is Figueres. - IN BUS Sarfa has a line on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays Figueres-Albanyà
CONTACT CONSORCI DE L'ALTA GARROTXA Rectoria de Sadernes, 17855 - Sadernes Tel./Fax: 972 28 78 82 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.altagarrotxa.org/
SCHEDULES All the year - From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 14:00 h.
WHAT WE CAN FIND Extensive scarcely populated pre-Pyrenean area, dominated by oaks and Holm oaks. Recreational activities like hiking and rural tourism live alongside traditional activities of the local population. It has a great cultural heritage, legacy of its agriculture and livestock past: country manors, shrines, coalmines, etc.
OBSERVATIONS It is currently managed by the Consortium of Alta Garrotxa, formed by the 11 municipalities included in the EIN and the three implicated Regional Councils. The delegate of the Regional Board of Alt Empordà is Mr. Manel J. Sánchez Lirola.
SWAMP OF BOADELLA
LOCATION - BY ROAD It is accessed from the N-II, turning off on the GI-502 toward Darnius or the GIV-5042 toward Boadella and Les Escaules. - ON FOOT Following the GR-2, we turn toward the west when we reach Boadella d'Empordà. - IN BUS The company David and Manel, have regular line the bank holidays until Darnius and Boadella d'Empordà.
CONTACT Tel. 972 53 53 51
WHAT WE CAN FIND Reservoir built in the 60’s for energy production, supplying water to Figueres and the watering systems of the plain. It has also become a meeting place for the practice of water sports, as well recreation, hiking and mountain biking.
OBSERVATIONS Guided visits of the dam are available with advance reservations.
The river is the symbol of the Emporda plain. Along with the Muga, they have shaped the Emporda plain with their supply of sedimentary materials. Born in the region of La Garrotxa, the Fluvià reaches the area in its final section, with the highest level of all rivers that reach the region. The riverbank forests are well conserved (ashes, poplars, etc...) and its tranquil waters meander throughout the plain. The river birds and the recent recovery of the otter, that currently inhabits the entire fluvial course, stand out. The river is also a place for fun, and recreational fishing cannot be left out. It its final section, in Sant Pere Pescador, it is navigable and water sports such as surfing, sailing and kayaking are practiced.
River that starts in Lliurona, in the Alta Garrotxa of Empordà and is the main tributary of the Muga. It has a path of some 40 kilometers, passing through many towns, from Albanyà to its statuary in Vilanova de la Muga. It is characterized by the sever droughts that it suffers in the summer and the many floods during the rainy season, upon receiving numerous torrents. In its passage through some towns it creates pits, ravines and fluvial terraces used by the local population for recreation, as in the case of the Park of El Manol in the town of Vilafant, where hiking may be practiced on a signed route. There is a mountain bike track as well.
River that drains to the north of Alt Empordà, from where it starts in Bassegoda and a little after enters in Albanyà. Its valley is surrounded by mountains in its first section, later it is ideal for practicing river fishing in any of its multiple mouths. It is one of the largest water supplies for the reservoir of Boadella, and upon reaching the plain, waters the fertile flat lands as it passes through Pont de Molins, Peralada and Castelló d'Empúries. Its final section flows into the Mediterranean, creating a border between Aiguamolls del Empordà and Empuriabrava, where a track has been made for mountain biking or walking to and from Castelló d'Empúries