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Nature

One of the greatest of the local area’s treasures is the extensive, protected nature area that surrounds us. The campsite beach in particular, with its seven kilometres of fine sandy dunes is one of the few beaches in the Iberian Peninsula that remains as untouched.

The variety and beauty of our local area has been declared so exceptionally worthy of protection that five nature parks have been created:

“Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l’Emporda“

Aquarius Camping is in the Aiguamolls nature reserve, where only agriculture and sustainable tourism are allowed.  

Around five kilometres north of our site is the visitors‘ centre “El Cortalet”. Here you can find out useful information about the park and interesting circular walks on nature trails start from here and go through the impressive laguna landscape. At numerous observation points you can see flocks of aquatic birds close up, as the area is a point on the migration journey of thousands of aquatic birds to the north or the south. All year round you can even see a large stork colony here, as they liked it so much that they finished their migratory life and decided to settle here in our area.  

It’s well worth bringing your binoculars with you!

„Parc Natural des Cap de Creus“ 

The most north-easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula, the Cap de Creus („Cape of Crosses“), where the Pyrenean foothills fall into the Mediterranean, lies around 25 kilometres north of Aquarius Camping. Well worth going to see!  

Its name comes from the lovely pilgrimage church of the Holy Cross at the Sant Pere de Rodes monastery, where you can also visit the park information centre.  

Characterised by its strange mountain formations, small hidden coves and imposing rocky cliffs, this amazing landscape was of the main inspirations of the Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, who spent most of his life not far from the cape in Port Ligat and described it as “grandiose geological madness”.

You can explore the charming landscape of the nature park on the numerous marked paths.

Parc Natural de l’Albera 

Discover a wild primitive landscape at the foot of the Pyrenees with a trip to the Albera Mountains, which run along the Spanish-French border and link in the north with the Empordà lowlands.

There is no coastal tourism here. Enchanted paths invite you to discover the romantic sleepy Catalan villages, churches and castles.

In no other part of Catalonia will you find such a large number of megalithic structures (menhirs and dolmens); proof that the gentle mountain landscape was already inhabited between 3500BC and 1800BC.  

On a hike through the region it is easily possible that a pair of wild boar may cross your path or you might stumble across the wild Albera mountain cows.  

There is an information bureau in Espolla about this amazing nature reserve. It’s worth dropping in during an excursion there.  

 

Medes Inseln, Illes Medes

Only around a kilometre out to sea near to the town of L’Estartit is the group of seven islets, striking and declared protected, known as the Medes Islands; their breath-taking underwater flora and fauna are considered to be unlike any other in the whole of the Mediterranean.  

As any sort of fishing has been forbidden here since 1983, you can snorkel or dive as well as go on board a glass-bottomed boat, and see an amazing variety of marine inhabitants – an ideal family outing! Ticket for the boat trip can be reserved here at reception.  

Today the islands are uninhabited. Remains of ships clearly show, however, that they were used as ports up to thousands of years ago by seafarers. In the Middle Ages they were a favourite haunt for pirates, who launched their raids from here to the adjoining mainland. As a consequence many of the farms between L’Estartit and Torroella de Montgrí were fortified with towers (Torre Gran, Torre Begura)  

 

Naturpark Vulkane der Garrotxa

Finally, around 50 kilometres northwest inland in the „La Garrotxa“ region, lies the fifth nature reserve "Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa". As well as the Eifel, the Massif Central in France and the central Spanish volcanic region of Campo de Calatrava, this region is one of the most significant European volcanic regions.  

More than 40 volcanoes and 20 lava flows form a grand panorama with luxuriant vegetation. This unique volcanic landscape was created around 11,000 years ago when the last eruption took place. The volcanoes have been inactive since then, but are not considered as completely extinct.  

There are numerous walking and mountain bike trails throughout the area.  

You should definitely visit the “Croscat” volcano, the youngest on the Iberian Peninsula. A gash in the volcanic cone, caused by earlier removal of layers of rock, allows you an amazing look at the different interior layers.  

In the middle of the crater of the “Santa Margarida” volcano the only structure is a small chapel – truly an impressive combination of natural and cultural treasures; you must take a look.  

Also worth visiting is the “Montsacopa” volcano in the middle of the Olot area, crowned by the pilgrimage chapel of Sant Francesc.


Set out to explore the amazing natural landscape of our local area!