Parks and Protected Natural Areas of the Province of Barcelona:
Park Natural of the Serra d'Ensitje-Rasosde Paguwas: Berguedá regionWhere the ski slopes are located.
Serra del Cadí Moixaró Natural Park
Shared with Lleida (El Alto Urgel), the Girona Cerdanya a small part and the Berguedá Region, most of it. It was declared a natural park in 1983. It has an area of 41,060 Ha .. Within the park is located: Natural Area of National Interest of MassisPedraforca and Cadí National Hunting Reserve (chamois).
Activities: it is perhaps the most visited Natural Park by hiking groups, once its conditions and organization (marked routes, mountain guides ...) have been established, the following mountain sports can be practiced: excursions, hiking, climbing, mountain skiing (snowshoeing), hunting.
Your accesses They are on several sites: Bagà Center of the Park, c / La Viña, 1 Tel .: Tel: 0034 93 824 41 51 (Barcelona), Bellver de Cerdanya (Gerona) Center of interpretation of forest fauna; Martinet de Cerdanya (Gerona) Center d'interpretaciód'ecosistemes fluvials; and Saldes (Barcelona) Information and Interpretation Center of the Massís del Pedraforca.
Its weather: it has a great climatic variety, which includes a great variety of vegetation with Mediterranean, Eurosiberian and Alpine species.
His Flora: forests of black pine, oak, fir, red pine, parsley, alpine meadows, flowers, saffron.
Its Fauna: foxes, deer, marmots, martens, goats, shrews, wolves, goats, marmot, newt, lizards, red frog, owls, partridges, trout, mountain and red barbel.
Visits of Interest: Medieval and Cathar Center in Bagà, Picasso Museum and Ethnological Museum in Gosol, Artiga Gardens designed by Gaudí in Pobla de Lillet, Forest Museum (Bellver); Museum of Transport and Museum of the Shepherd in Castellarde n'Hug.
Natural Area of National Interest of Massis Pedraforca
Shared with Lleida (AltUrgell region). It is in the Berguedá region. It covers the municipality of Saldes and Golsol. This is located within the Serra del Cadí Moixaró Natural Park. It was declared in 1986. It has an area of 1,750 ha. Its origin and geological formation is in the Triassic and Jurassic Era, with terrain of calcareous and glacial rock, with karst forms. It is perhaps the most climbed mountain in the province of Barcelona.
Its weather: it is mountain (below 1,700 mts.), subalpine mountains (between 1,700-2,300 mts.) and Alpine mountains (above 2,300 mts.). Its climatic diversity entails a huge plant diversity.
Services: Information Center , in the City Hall of Saldes, Tel .: 93 825 80 05.
Access by Saldes.
His Flora: red pine, almond, hazelnut, heather, white maple, undergrowth, laurel, violets, strawberry, rose bushes,
Its Fauna: fox, rabbits, shrews, owls, martens, bobcat, newts.
Visits of Interest: Medieval castle of Saldes; Gósol medieval castle: San Sebastián de Sull Monastery; There are many Romanesque and pre-Romanesque churches in this area, perhaps the most outstanding are: Church of Santa María del Castell (Saldes Castle) from the XII century; Gesolet Sanctuary (13th and 17th centuries); Church of San Martínde Saldes (9th century) ...
Montserrat Mountain Natural Park
It is located in the Bages region, between the regions of l´Anoia, Baix Llobregat and Bages. It is an emblematic mountain for the Catalans due to its religious, cultural and political connotations. It has an area of 7,689 hectares, of which 1,765 are a nature reserve within about 3,483 of a Natural Park and 4,085 of a protected environment. It covers part of the municipalities of: Bruc, Marganell, Monistrol and Collbató. It is located south of Barcelona, in the central part of the mountain range, about 50 km from the capital. It was declared as such in 1987.
It is an isolated mountain range and is distinguished by its geomorphological singularity. Its rock formations present rounded shapes, but at the same time steep. It is ideal for mountaineers, for whom climbing its emblematic peaks is their goal: the Sant Jeroni of 1,236 mys., the Cavall Bernat, the Montgròs, the Serrat del Moro, the Agulles, the Palomera and the Sant Joan.
Your access It is by Monistroly Collbató, from the Bruch on the N-II.
Activities: established itineraries for hiking routes, mountaineering, bird watching, caving, excursions, mountain biking, educational visits for schools.
Its weather: Mediterranean with mild winters, warmer and more humid springs and autumns. Its rains are irregular and the summers are dry and very hot.
His Flora: Aleppo pines, holm oaks, olive trees, almond trees, vineyards.
Its Fauna: hawks, retriever, peregrine falcon, creeper, wild boar, bobcat, squirrel, bats, wild goats.
Services: Montserrat Tourist Office, in the square, Tel .: 938 350 644/938 777 777. Rural houses and accommodation in the monastery itself. Restaurants, bars, picnic areas, WC, telephone, guided visits to the park, signposted itineraries, adaptation for the disabled, informative material, bird observatory, interpretive panels ...
Visit of Interest: in these mountains is located the Benedictine Abbey of the Mare deDéu de Montserrat, patron saint of Catalonia. For its festival on April 27, people go up in pilgrimage (on foot or by car), to follow all the acts prepared for the festivity of their patron saint. Its carving is from the 12th century and it contains a beautiful legend. The 6th century Monastery was remodeled in 1925 by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. It is worth visiting its immense library of more than 300,000 books, its museum of classical painting and listening to the choir of the singing children.
Llorençde Munt i l'Obac Natural Park
It was declared as such in 1972. It has an area of 13,694 Ha. It is shared between the Bages and VallésOccidental regions. It covers the municipalities of: Sabadell, Terrasa, Manresa. top of La Mola is the highest peak. It is bathed by the Ripoll and Llobregat rivers. The park is made up of two mountain ranges that meet at the Cuello de Estenalles. It is a steep mountain range of calcareous rock, with stony landscapes. Its formation dates from the Tertiary Era. This type of formation has arisen from the erosion of river water on rocks. They present all kinds of formations: chasms, caves, monoliths, rocky areas, burrows, channels.
Your access It is in Terrassa, on the Navarclés road.The park has a Bus Parc, which collects people in Terrassa and the surrounding towns.
His Flora: pines and holm oaks, rowan, boxwood, oak, Mediterranean pines and shrubs, heather, white pine, strawberry trees, hazelnuts.
Its Fauna: wild boar, squirrel, foxes, badger, genet, marten, rabbit. Birds: Jay, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Finch, Goldfinch, Thrush, Golden Retriever, Eagle Owl, Goshawk, Vulture, White Snake.
Services: Interpretation Center: Ctra. BV-1221 from Terrassa to Navarcles, km 14.8 bars, Tel .: 937 433 020. Bars, restaurants, fountains, picnic areas, WC, parking, interpretive panels, informative material, guided tours, signposted routes, adaptation for the disabled .
Visits of Interest: Monastery of Sant Llorenç del Munt. Prehistoric remains from the Neolithic can also be found. La Cuevadel Frare, Cueva de las Animas, Colladode Eras (remains of Visigoth burials), Roman churches, medieval buildings.
Montseny Natural Park
Declared in 1969. It covers 3 regions: Vallés Occidental, Osona, LaSelva. It has 30,120 hectares. 90% is privately owned, but it is managed by the Barcelona Provincial Council. In 1978 UNESCO declared it Biosphere Reserve.
It is located southwest of Barcelona. Its landscape is Mediterranean, Eurosiberian and Borealpine. It is bathed by rivers: Congost, La Tordera, Riera d'Arbúcies. Its peak highest is the Turóde l'Home of 1,712 meters, followed by Matagalls of 1,699 meters.
its access by Sant Celoniy by Viladrau. From Barcelona take the AP-7, exit 11 Sant Celoni; or exit 10 Hostalrich. It has bus companies that go there.
Activities: hiking, mountain biking, climbing.
Its weather: it is Mediterranean and high mountain.
His Flora: pines, firs, chestnut trees, holm oaks.
Its Fauna: genet, wild boar, palomatorcaz, jay, snake, red frog.
Services: Montseny Natural Park Office in Fontmartina Ctra. De Sant Celoni al Turó de l'Home, km 10.8 08470, Tel .: 938 475 102. Different types of accommodation (rural houses or farmhouses, hostels, hostels, campsites). Bars, restaurants, fountains, picnic areas, WC, parking, interpretive panels, informative material, guided visits, signposted routes, fauna observatory, adaptation for the disabled, parking, WC.
Visit of interest: Santa Fé del Montseny Reservoir, Santa Fé delMontseny Hermitage, Turó de Montgròs Castle in El Brull, the fortified settlements of Montclús in Sant Esteve de Palautordera and Can Flequer in Samalús. Romanesque churches: Sant Cristòfol de la Castanya, Sant Pere Desplà (Arbúcies), Sant Martí del Montseny, El Brull, La Móra, Sant Marçal, and Aiguafreda de Dalt. Montsoriu Castle (10th to 14th century Gothic military style).
Montnegre i el Corredor Natural Park:
Located in the Maresme region, in Calella de MarIt was declared a Natural Park in 1989.It has an area of 15,010Ha .. It is a park formed by forests next to the sea and cultivated fields. Suflora is conditioned by the proximity of the sea. It is ideal for mountain sports and fishing.
In the migratory period of birds, it is an ideal place for bird watching, in the Corredor Sanctuary.
Your Access: on the C-32 motorway, in Arenys de Mar take the C-61, which we travel until we reach the municipality of Vallgorguina.
Activities: mountain biking, hiking. Bird observatory
His Flora: it is formed by forests of cork oaks, chestnuts, holm oaks, strawberry trees, birches, stone pines typical of the Mediterranean coast, oaks.
Its fauna: highlights the ornithology, especially the goshawks and jays.
Visits of Interest: archaeological remains of Neolithic dolmens and Iberian remains. Medieval churches.
Services: Park Information Offices, c / Esdamientos, 13, 2n 08470 Vallgorguina
Tel. 93 867 94 52. Signposted and established routes. Active turism. Rural houses.
Visits of Interest: Corredor Sanctuary, Pedra Gentil Dolmen, Sant Llop d´Hortsavinyà Romanesque Church.
Garraf Natural Park
It was declared P. N. in 1986. It has an area of 12,376 Ha. Covers the regions: from Baix Llobregat, AltPenedés and Garraf. It surrounds Castelldefels. Its soil is of 2 types: the coastal one, a limestone marine of karst forms (chasms, lapiaces and sinkholes) very beautiful; and white and the interior is made of red quartz rock. Its highest peaks are: La Morella 594.6 mt. and The Rascler 572 mt.
Your Access: by Ctra.N-340
Activities: Astronomical observation, bird observatory, hiking, archeology, cooking, pedagogy, history ...
Its weather: Mediterranean.
Its flora It is made up of Mediterranean forests, pines and holm oaks. And it has developed an endogenous vegetation: palm hearts.
Its fauna: foxes, wild boars, badgers, rabbits, squirrels. There are marked routes for hiking and mountain biking.
Services: Astronomical Observatory (Tel .: 938 143 189), guided tours, workshops, observatories and field work. The Barcelona Provincial Council has organized the program Viu el Parc, which consists of: exhibitions, audiovisuals, workshops, courses, conferences and environmental stays, coordinated by the different information centers, facilities and programs related to archeology, pedagogy, history, art, astronomy or gastronomy.
Visits of Interest: the coastal town of Sitges. Palau Novella Museum, Sakya Tashi Ling Buddhist Monastery, where they hold workshops on meditation, relaxation, tai-chi, yoga (it is located in the Palau Novella) ...
Collcerola Periurban Park
It was declared in 1986. It has an area of 8,000 Ha .. It is the central park of the metropolitan area of BarcelonaIt is the oxygen lung of the city and the place of leisure, for many people from Barcelona. In it you can practice sports. The highest peak is Tibidabo Mountain (Tibidabo Amusement Park).
Activities: jogging, mountain biking, hiking ...Olerdola Regional Park: It was declared in 1992. It has an area of 608 Ha .. It is a landscape made up of crops, low mountains, maquis and shrubs (palm trees). Olerdola is a natural watchtower above the rocks of the Garraf mountains.
Visits of Interest: it is surrounded by a monumental complex built by the Romans and Iberians and in medieval times. Within this complex are: the pre-Romanesque and Romanesque Church of San Miguel, built in the 12th century; anthropomorphic tombs, medieval fortifications. Annex museum.
Foix Regional Park
It was declared in 1993. It has an area of 2,900 Ha .. It is made up of a series of plains around the Swamp of Foix, that constitute one of the few humid zones of the Penedés region.
Visits of Interest: its Historical Heritage: Castle of Penyafort and of Castellet, of medieval style.
Serralada de Marina Regional Park
It was declared as such in 1997. It has an area of 2,086 Ha .. It includes the municipalities of: Badalona, Montcadai Reixac, Sant Fost de Campcentelles, Santa Coloma de Gramanet and Tiana. In it we find Iberian villages, Romanesque monasteries of the EdaMedia and farmhouses. It is a leisure area for citizens.
Visits of Interest: Romanesque hermitage of Reixac in Montcada i Reixac.
Delta del Bajo Llobregat Agrarian Natural Reserve
It was declared as such in 1998. It has an area of 2,938 Ha .. It is an agricultural area located in the Baix Llobregat region. It is a fertile growing area, well planned and in which new methods are developed for its better use.
Montesquieu Castle Regional Park
Located between the regions of Osona most (Barcelona) and Ripollès (Girona). It covers the municipalities of: Montesquieu, Sant Quirze de Besora, Sora, Santa María de Besora, Manlleu, Sant Hipolit de Voltregà and Oristà. It is made up of Mediterranean forests located on the banks of the river Ter. This area is a place of passage between the plain and the mountains.
His Flora: pines and oaks.
Visit of Interest: Montesquieu Castle, built in the 10th century, in the Middle Ages.
Guilleries-Savassona Natural Area or AreaIt is a wooded area of the Mediterranean and central European type, with rocks devoid of vegetation. Valuable architectural historical heritage.
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