Montesquiu Protected Natural Area

Nature area / Countryside / Open space, Natura 2000 network, Natura 2000 Network: Special Protection Area (SPA)
The Castle Montesquiu regional park is a relatively small natural area located at the northern edge of the Osona region, within the Pre-Pyrenees. It is comprised of the towns of Montesquiu, Sant Quirze de Besora, Santa Maria de Besora and Sora.

Two parallel mountain formations cross the park from north-east to south-east: the spurs of the Bufadors mountain range, close to the northern end, and the central area of the Rovira hill. The river Ter also crosses vertically over the western side.

The park's landscape is shaped by forests, riverbanks, natural meadows and fields. The dominant arboreal species are the white oak - in the suntraps -, as well as red fir and Scots pine - in the shaded areas. However, there are also various examples of central European trees such as beech and lime trees.

The most common crops are fodder and grains. Numerous wild boars also live in the forests, prized assets for hunters.

The most notable building within the park is the one that gives it its name, the Castle of Montesquiu, which is essentially a large fortified house. It has been documented since 1285, although most signs seem to indicate that it was built over a 9th century tower and belonged to the lords of Besora. In the 17th century it was extensively restored. As of some years ago, the building has become equipped as a museum and convention centre. In the castle's surroundings there is a farm used as a shelter, it also houses the park's information centre.

On the grounds there are several country houses that are likely to be of medieval origin. However, they have undergone restorations that have removed the earliest aspects. Nevertheless, we can trace the footsteps of our ancestors at constructions such as the les Codines stream's medieval bridge and the pre-Romanesque chapel of Sant Moí. The park offers signposted walking routes with varying degrees of difficulty. Some of the main points of interest to uncover on these walks include Font Codineta and the ponds of the Vallfogona stream.

  • Year of declaration: 1986, modificat el 1998
  • Regulations: Act 328/1992, 14th December, approved by PEIN (DOGC 1714 1-03-1993)
  • Area: 744
  • Ownership: Public
  • District: Montesquiu; Sora; Santa Maria de Besora; Sant Quirze de Besora.
  • Visitor centres: N
  • Annual closing: Open all year round.
  • Opening hours - summer : Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 14:00.
  • Opening hours - winter: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 14:00.
  • How to get there: Main N-152 road from Vic until the town of Montesquiu.
  • Languages: Catalan, Spanish




Camping area




We can distinguish between four main elements: forests, grassland, riverbanks and crops. The main forests are made up of downy oaks and wild pines, and there are also some concentrations of beech and large-leaved lime.


Studies carried out in 2015 confirmed the presence of carnivores such as otters, pine martens, wildcats, martens, badgers and foxes. In addition, roe deer, wild boars, squirrels and birds like the booted eagle can also be found.


Route to explore the park on foot, with signs that explain about its natural and cultural heritage.

Bird-watching tourism

Disabled access

Accessible area classifi
Facilities available for wheelchair users
Facilities available for people with reduced mobility
No facilities available for the deaf or those with hearing impairments
Facilities available for the blind or visually impaired
Types of inspection
Montesquiu Protected Natural Area
  • Montesquiu Protected Natural Area

  • Address:# Masoveria del castell de Montesquiu, s/n

  • 08585 Montesquiu

  • Barcelona / Paisatges Barcelona

  • Montesquiu Protected Natural Area
  • Montesquiu Protected Natural Area

  • Address: # Masoveria del castell de Montesquiu, s/n

  • 08585 Montesquiu

  • Barcelona / Paisatges Barcelona

  • Telephone:938 529 234 / 934 727 600

  • Fax:938 529 005


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