The Ebro Delta Natural Park plays host to perfect services and facilities for getting to know the significant bird life, both in terms of quantity as well as the diversity of birds found there.
This large 124 square mile delta plain, where the Ebro river branches out and leads into the sea, is one of Catalonia's most important wetland areas and one of the essential areas in the Mediterranean. The Delta's completely flat landscape, with the stunning Els Ports mountains in the backdrop, is a powerful sight. The interior harbours extensive rice fields, whose appearance will change according to the season (earthy in winter, flooded in spring and green in summer).
The area close to the sea is comprised of large lagoons and marshes, dunes and sand, with small remains of riverside forests by the banks of the river. Due to its naturalistic and ornithological character, the Ebro Delta is internationally known. Here we find, for example, the world's largest Audouin's gull breeding colony, one of the essential concentrations of common reed bunting, from the Mediterranean sub-species Witherbyi, and the Iberian Peninsula's second largest colony of flamingos and glossy ibis. (+) See details
The Aiguamolls del Empordà Natural Park has some of the best facilities in the Iberian Peninsula when it comes to bird watching: routes throughout different environments, observatories, observation points, and ornithological information which is updated daily and available in the park's information centre. (+) See details
Cap de Creus Natural Park is the peninsula at the north-eastern end of Catalonia. It comprises the entire ensemble of coves and capes between Llançà and Roses, in addition to the valleys and interior mountain ranges, as far as the Verdera mountain range.
Cap de Creus is essentially the eastern wing of the Pyrenees, being the point at which the famous mountain range finally dives into the sea, creating an incredible terrain. Its geological factors are of particular note, as we will uncover the most comprehensive display of metamorphic rocks in all of Catalonia. Other highlights are the folds and eroding rock, which, in certain areas, create aesthetically magnificent rock assemblies.
Vegetation is dependent upon the terrain, the regular occurrence of northern winds - which prevents forestry from developing in terms of height -, and favourable sea conditions in the more coastal areas. There is a significant presence of Mediterranean scrubland and plants from rupicolous habitats throughout much of the area's coastline. The vegetation has been shaped by the occurrence of forest fires, however, there are still pine forests and patches of cork tree.
It's a very user-friendly area in terms of watching sea birds, which also goes hand in hand with the chance to see large numbers of migratory species on days of heavy migration. You'll also be able to encounter certain Mediterranean species, such as pallid swift, western Orphean warbler, spectacled warbler, black-eared wheatear and Bonelli's eagle. (+) See details
The Llobregat Delta Nature Reserve's objective is to protect the wetlands of the Llobregat Delta. The majority of the lagoons, beaches and wetlands are well-equipped with bird observatories and observation points. (+) See details