Sant Maurici lake and the Encantats mountain. Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. Sant Maurici lake and the Encantats mountain. Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.

Catalonia, a country full of natural parks

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Name
Catalonia, a country full of natural parks
Languages
Catalan, Spanish
Description

Catalonia is a must-visit destination for nature lovers. At the Catalan natural parks you will find mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and lots more fauna and flora to see and learn about. Catalonia has 18 natural parks, including Catalonia's only National Park, the Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici Lake National Park, with its wealth of flora and fauna, nearly 200 lakes and impressive crags.

Each of the country's natural parks has its own special charm. The High Pyrenees Natural Park is the biggest in Catalonia and is full of endangered species; the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park has a rich biodiversity; the Cap de Creus Natural Park offers the country's most impressive sea cliffs; Collserola is the nearest to Barcelona; els Ports park is wild, inhabited by wild goats; the parks of Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter offer impressive sea beds; quite different vegetation can be found in l'Albera; the massif of Pedraforca is an emblematic mountain for hikers; the Montseny Natural Park is a biosphere reserve; Montserrat is quite a symbol; in the forest of Poblet there is population of Pyrenean Oak that is unique in Catalonia; in Sant Llorenç del Munt and l'Obac there is a unique landscape of red conglomerate crags and monoliths; in the Montsant mountains you will find ravines and crags and in the Garrotxa volcanic area, with its forty-odd volcanic cones, you will find the best volcanic example on the Iberian Peninsula.

Bird ahoy!

If what you like is birds, you have an infinite number of options to study or just watch them.

You need go no further as three of Europe's most important habitats for bird-watching are located right here, in Catalonia, and they are equipped with everything you need to watch birds: viewpoints, hides... There is the Ebro Delta, the  Llobregat Delta and marshes of the Empordà. Since they are on the coast, they are all stopover points for birds on migration and therefore a great many species can be seen.

If you like bird watching but what interests you is studying birdlife in depth, you should be aware that all three parks regularly organize activities devoted to dissemination, like the World Bird Day.

Location

GPS coordinates X: -3.70034930149912, Y: 40.4166907261765

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