Montseny Nature ReserveMontseny Nature Reserve

Montseny Nature Reserve


Montseny Nature Reserve

The Montseny massif, declared a Nature Reserve in 1978 and a World Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO, covers an area of 30,120 hectares, that includes eighteen districts in the regions of Osona, La Selva and Vallès Oriental. The beauty and diversity of its landscapes have inspired numerous artists, writers and intellectuals and each year they attract over two million visitors. the Turó de l’Home crest (1,706 metres) and Les Agudes (1,703 metres), the Matagalls (1,697 metres) and the Pla de la Calma (Puig Drau, 1,344 metres). The hydrographic network of this natural area includes three main basins that flow into the Mediterranean sea: the Congost river, the Tordera river and the Major stream.
The differences in humidity and temperature of the diverse environments, makes it a natural area with an extraordinarily rich vegetation. In the lower areas we can find typically Mediterranean formations of vegetation; in the rainy mid-mountain area, mountain holm oak forests and oak woods; in the areas above 1,000 metres, beech woods and fir trees and on the peaks, scrubland and alpine meadows. the typical fauna of central-European lands populate the highest areas of the massif, whilst on the lower slopes species of more southern Mediterranean environments predominate.
However, beyond the ecological and environmental aspects, Montseny is a massif of great historic-cultural value, as human activity has played an important role in moulding the landscape, full of masias, the most common architectural element of this area.
Montseny´s cultural heritage includes, among others, the megalithic constructions of the Arca mountain range; the Roman villa of Can Terrers; the churches of Montseny, El Brull, La Móra, Sant Marçal, Sant Cristòfol de la Castanya, Sant Martí del Montseny, Aiugafreda de Dalt and Sant Pere Desplà; the ruins of the Montsoriu, Montclús, Fluvià, El Brull and Cruïlles castles; the fortified masias of Bellver or La Sala; the area of Tagamanent, and the Sant Segimon chapel.
Nowadays, forestry and agricultural, animal and farming activities have lost considerable weight in the area in favour of the services sector (rural tourism, restaurants and hotels), which has become one of the main economic driving forces of the area.
The park offers a whole series of activities related to nature (itineraries on foot, guided horse riding excursions, climbing walls, quad bike and 4-wheel drive routes, paintballing, mountain bike routes…).
The main office is in Fogars de Montclús.