Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

Natural parks, Area of interest for bird-watchers
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.

The park is not an overly large area, but it still plays host to diverse habitats side-by-side: wetlands with reeds and reed beds, salicornia, freshwater lagoons, riverside forestry, pasture, Mediterranean scrubland, beaches and shallow bays, as well as ancient rice fields which have now become wetlands. The geographical location of the area results in a large quantity of species and individuals during days of heavy migration, passerines especially.

The primarily flat terrain has paved the way for comfortable and accessible routes to be designed for all types of watcher. The journeys take route through the surroundings of coastal lagoons, which are also surrounded by reed beds, wetlands, riverside forestry and, in certain areas, in open spaces with low altitude vegetation.  In the park's surroundings there are Mediterranean mountain ranges with open cork tree woodland and shrubland, where we find nesting species that can't even be found in the park itself. We can, therefore, observe a wide variety of species in a fairly size-limited area. It's also one of the few places in the Iberian Peninsula where you can catch sight of species such as the Mediterranean and Balearic shearwaters, little crake, red-throated pipit and red-footed falcon.

  • Area: 10828
  • Ownership: Public
  • District: CA[]ES[]
  • Visitor centres: S
  • Habitat: Wetland
  • How to get there: 

    Aiguamolls is 38 miles from the Girona-Costa Brava airport and 91 miles from Barcelona.

    Access from Barcelona:

    Motorway AP-7 Barcelona-La Jonquera. Exit 4 (Figueres). Road heading to Roses until Castelló d'Empúries.

    Sarfa (Tel. 902 302 025) is a company operating a regular line between Barcelona and Figueres. From Figueres it connects with another Sarfa line heading towards Castelló d'Empúries. The El Cortalet information centre is 1.25 miles from the village.

    RENFE Line Ca2 (Barcelona-Girona-Figueres-Portbou). From Figueres you will need your own vehicle or one of the buses provided by Sarfa.

  • Languages: Catalan, Spanish

Facilities

Access for disabled people

Parking

Classrooms

Workshops

Signposted itineraries

WHAT IS AROUND HERE?
Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
  • Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

  • Address:Road de Sant Pere Pescador, quilòmetre 13,6

  • 17486 Castelló d'Empúries

  • Girona / Costa Brava

  • Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
  • Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

  • Address: Road de Sant Pere Pescador, quilòmetre 13,6

  • 17486 Castelló d'Empúries

  • Girona / Costa Brava

  • Telephone:972 454 222

  • Web:http://parcsnaturals.gencat.cat/ca/xarxa-de-parcs/aiguamolls-emporda/inici/

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