Natural parks of the Alt Empordà


Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park

The Aiguamolls de l’Empordà is one of the main wetlands in Catalonia, along with the Ebro and Llobregat deltas.

They are located in the Empordà plain, between the mouths of the Fluvià and Muga rivers, in a space characterized by the current river courses, the old mouths of the rivers, and the irrigation and irrigation systems of the crops that have historically occurred in this place. rich in fresh water.

Besides the well-known figure of Natural Park, we find the integral natural reserves (maximum level of natural protection in the Catalan legislation) of the Llaunes and Estanys.

Cap de Creus Natural Park

It is the last foothill of the Pyrenees and the eastern end of the Iberian Peninsula. The coast is steep and trim, with breathtaking cliffs and hidden coves. The Natural Park of Cap de Creus was created in 1998; In this way the Cap de Creus peninsula and its marine environment are protected; was the first maritime park in the country, with an area of ​​13,886 hectares. In the terrestrial zone there are three Natural Places of National Interest (PNIN); to the north, that of Cap Gros, Cap de Creus to the south, that of Punta Falconera – Cap Norfeu and, to the west, that of the Sierra de Rodes. All the islands and islets located in the marine environment of the Natural Park have the same condition.

The Municipalities of the influence of the park are; Cadaqués, Llançà, Palau-Saverdera, Pau, El Port de la Selva, Roses, La Selva de Mar and Vilajuïga.

Natural Place of National Interest of the Albera

The Albera Natural Area of ​​National Interest is a high quality ecological and landscape unit where the transition between the species typical of the Pyrenean mountain range and the most typically Mediterranean can be observed; all inserted in an area dominated by the metamorphic rocks of the Pyrenees, skis and slates.

It is made up of two very differentiated sectors: the western one, the Requesens Baussitges with an extraordinarily varied vegetation with cork oaks, holm oaks, chestnut trees, oaks, beeches and the alpine meadows of the culminating zone and the eastern one of Sant Quirze de Colera Balmeta. in the area of ​​the well-known Banyuls pass. The vegetation is dominated by cork oaks, scrubs and scrubs. This place replaces the last Mediterranean tortoise populations on the Iberian Peninsula.

Albera Turtle Breeding Center (C.R.T)

Empordana’t space Ecomuseum Flour

Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park

Most of the Montgrí, Medes and Baix Ter Natural Park belongs to the Baix Empordà, 4% extending through the municipality of l’Escala (Alt Empordà). The presence of a landscape formed with cliffs, coves and beaches that go into a seabed of undoubted ecological value, a mountainous mass that rises between the alluvial plains of the Baix and Alt Empordà and the Aiguamolls which forms the river Ter when it flows into the bay of Pals, make the Natural Park of Montgrí, the Medes Islands and Baix Ter a unique place in Catalonia.

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