Savassona Protected Natural Area

Nature area / Countryside / Open space, Natura 2000 network, Natura 2000 Network: Special Protection Area (SPA)
The Les Guilleries-Savassona Natural Area occupies an area of 8,300 hectares in the eastern region of Osona, in Central Catalonia. More specifically, it extends across the municipalities of Folgueroles, Sant Julià de Vilatorta, Tavèrnoles and Vilanova de Sau.

The Les Guilleries-Savassona Natural Area occupies an area of 8,300 hectares in the eastern region of Osona, in Central Catalonia. More specifically, it extends across the municipalities of Folgueroles, Sant Julià de Vilatorta, Tavèrnoles and Vilanova de Sau. This mountainous landscape is studded with Central European and Mediterranean forests, typically of holm oak, pine and oak, which share the area with a large proportion of farmland.

The Les Guilleries Massif, the Savassona mountains and part of the Collsacabra Mountain Range are the three major masses that form the Les Guilleries-Savassona Natural Area. The Les Guilleries have typically more rounded forms, with plenty of hills, ridges and hollows. El Faig Verd (1,187 metres) can be found here, the highest peak in the Natural Area.

The plains known as the Vilanova de Sau Valley separate the Les Guilleries from Savassona and its sheer cliffs. Cliffs are also a defining feature of the Collsacabra natural area: the so-called Cingles de Tavertet suddenly thrust up to 400 metres in height.

The Sau Reservoir is another of the most characteristic elements in the Les Guilleries-Savassona Natural Area, with the bell tower of the Sant Romà de Sau Hermitage eerily rising above its waters. The cultural wealth of this area can be seen in the many prehistoric, Iberian (Casol de Puigcastellet, 2-3 BC) and especially Romanesque remains. The main constructions from this latter period can be seen in the Malfogassa Bridge, Sant Llorenç del Munt Castle and the Hermitages at Sant Feliuet de Savassona, Sant Andreu de Bancells and Santa Maria de Vallclara.

Also well worth mentioning are the many farmhouses that exist in the area. The construction of a large number of them took part in the 17th and 18th centuries and perfectly embody the history of the inhabitants here.
The principal sporting activities on offer in the Les Guilleries-Savassona Natural Area range from watersports on the Sau Reservoir, mountain bike routes from the Vall de Sau-Collsacabra Mountain Biking Centre, to walking and other cliff activities, such as climbing or hot-air ballooning.

  • Year of declaration: 1998
  • Regulations: Decree 328/1992, of 14 December, that approves the PEIN (Plan for Areas of Natural Interest, DOGC (Catalan Government Official Bulletin) 1714, of 1 March 1993; Law 12/1985, of 13 June, on natural areas, DOGC 556 of 28 June 1985.
  • Area: 1212
  • Ownership: Public
  • District: Vilanova de Sau; Masies de Roda, les; Sant Sadurní d'Osormort; Sant Julià de Vilatorta; Tavertet; Esquirol, l'; Tavèrnoles; Folgueroles.
  • Visitor centres: N
  • Annual closing: Open all year round.
  • Opening hours - summer : From Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.
  • Opening hours - winter: From Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.
  • How to get there: 

    By road: C-17 Barcelona-Vic-Puigcerdà (former N-152). Head to where C-25 motorway crosses: Girona-Vic-Lleida (Exits 183, 187 and 195). N-141 D Vic-Folgueroles-Vilanova de Sau-Pantà de Sau. C-153 and BV-5213 Vic-Tavèrnoles-Parador Sau. BV-5201 Vic Sant Julià de Vilatorta-Sant Hilari de Sacalm.

  • Languages: Catalan, Spanish

Facilities

Accommodation

Parking

Picnic area

Summer camp

Museum

Restaurant

Viewpoint

Signposted itineraries

Flora

The downy oak with box (Buxo-Quercetum pubescentis) forest communities are also relevant. Moreover, given the mild climate, other types of vegetation that are typical in places dominated by holm oak groves can also be observed.

Fauna

We can mainly find species that are native to the Pyrenees and Pyrenean foothills here, such as the edible dormouse (Glis glis) and the bank vole (Clethrionomys glareolus). We must also point out the presence of nesting rupicolous birds like the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) or the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus).

Routes

El espacio cuenta con una quincena de rutas señalizadas para todos los niveles, como por ejemplo: Caminos de Verdaguer (Folgueroles y Tavèrnoles), Puigsec (Sant Julià de Vilatorta), El puente de Malafogassa (Vernets de Ca la Marta) o el itinerario adaptado de Can Mateu. Además, los senderos GR 2, GR 151, GR 178, GR 210 y varios PRs atraviesan el espacio, así como diferentes rutas de la Red del Centro BTT Vall de Sau - Collsacabra.

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
Invalid
WHAT IS AROUND HERE?
Savassona Protected Natural Area
  • Savassona Protected Natural Area

  • Address:Street Guilleries, 5

  • 08519 Vilanova de Sau

  • Barcelona / Paisatges Barcelona

  • Savassona Protected Natural Area
  • Savassona Protected Natural Area

  • Address: Street Guilleries, 5

  • 08519 Vilanova de Sau

  • Barcelona / Paisatges Barcelona

  • Telephone:938 847 888

  • Fax:938 847 887

  • E-mail:en.guilleries@diba.cat

  • Web:http://parcs.diba.cat/web/guilleries

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