If you are spending your week looking wistfully at the picture of a forest on your computer wallpaper, now is the time to turn that image into realty. You can do so in one of the 18 natural parks
you can find in Catalonia. They are natural environments of great beauty and locations to lose yourself and connect with nature. Whether you like the sea or the mountains, Catalonia has a nature area for you close to home that you can enjoy all year round.What natural park do you prefer?
Each natural park in the country has a special charm. You can discover the areas with coast, inland landscapes or mountains, such as the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.
It is the only National Park in Catalonia: water is the main attraction. There are nearly 200 lakes surrounded by impressive cliffs and rich flora and fauna. And nothing compares to the volcanic landscape of La Garrotxa,
which could be the green reflection of the moon's surface. The more than 40 volcanic craters look like the irregular terrain of the moon, only this landscape is covered in dazzling vegetation. The horizon changes completely in the Delta de l'Ebre
, where the wild fauna displays all the splendour. It is considered a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and its area of 320 square kilometres makes up the largest water habitat in Catalonia. Any fan of birdwatching can delight at the 370 species that stop there on their way to warmer climates.Nature tourism through natural parks
More than 30% of the region is protected in order to conserve the natural ecosystem. Nature tourism or the version of ecotourism invites you to enjoy, see and learn about the values and resources of these natural spaces: the wild fauna and flora and the landscapes. It is a respectful closeness to your surroundings and the environment. You can tour on foot, using one of the accessible routes or paths that go through the Catalan natural parks, such as the GR 92; on a bike taking the Volta al Montsant bike path; or in kayak. In the parks, you will find the activity you are looking for to experience nature.
What natural park do you want to explore first?