L’Albera Natural Park
distance 21,1 km
This natural site is located on the southern slope of the L’Albera massif and is comprised of two very different areas: the western part in the Requesens-Baussitges area which features Central European vegetation, with wet beech woods and oak groves; and the eastern part in the Sant Quirze de Colera area which is more Mediterranean, featuring a vegetation of cork oak and undergrowth, inhabited by the last colonies of the Mediterranean tortoise.
The Site was created in 1986 and covers an area of 4108 ha . It stands within the municipal areas of La Jonquera, Espolla and Rabós. Its areas of influence are the towns and villages of Llançà, Colera, Portbou, Cantallops, Vilamaniscle and Garriguella.
Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park
distance 10,6 km
This is the second wetland area in Catalonia. It is made up by a number of ponds, swamps and flood plains in the confluence of the rivers Muga and Fluvià. It constitutes a privileged habitat for fauna and especially for wetland birds. In 1983, the place was declared a National Interest Natural Site in terms of its wide-ranging zoological and botanic reserves. It covers an area of 4866 ha .
The creation of this reserve was the result of an intense and long defence campaign that began in 1976 to halt an urban development project whose aim was to create a residential marina for 60,000 people in the lake area located in the estuary of the Muga and Fluvià rivers.
The towns and villages within the influence area of the park are: L’Armentera, Castelló d’Empúries, L’Escala, Palau-saverdera, Pau, Pedret i Marzà, Peralada, Roses and Sant Pere Pescador.
The best way to get to the Park is to go on the road from Roses to Castelló d’Empúries, at the roundabout turn right towards Sant Pere Pescador – Aiguamolls. Continue straight for 3 km and after passing a petrol station turn right towards “The Cortalet” which is the information center of the park.
The best times for birding are in the morning and evening, and times when there are more species migration (March to May and from August to October), but all year round you can see interesting species.
Park entrance is free. All you pay is parking in the summer, Easter, bank holidays and weekends.
The public opening hours are:
Mornings throughout the year: from 9.30 to 14 h
Afternoons from 1 April to 30 September: 16.30 to 19 h
Afternoons from 1 October to 31 March: 15.30 to 18 h
Access to the itineraries of the Park is always open.
The Cap de Creus Natural Park
distance 29,9 km
It constitutes the last spur of the Pyrenees and the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. The coast is rough and rugged with impressive cliffs and isolated coves. The Cap de Creus Natural Park was created in 1998 and protects the Cap de Creus peninsula and its marine environment. It constitutes the first natural park in the country to cover both sea and land and stretches over 13,886 ha. The land area includes three natural sites of national interest (PNIN): the Cap Gros-Cap de Creus in the north; the Punta Falconera-Cap Norfeu in the south and the Rodes mountain range in the west. Furthermore, all the islands and islets in the Natural Park’s marine environment are also covered by this classification.
The towns and villages within the influence area of the park are: Cadaqués, Llançà, Palau-saverdera, Pau, El Port de la Selva, Roses, La Selva de Mar and Vilajuïga.