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National Parks of Spain
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National Parks of Spain

In 1916, Spanish law created protected natural parks, two years later, the first protected areas were inducted, that being the Mountain of Covadonga (now National Park of the Picos de Europa) and Valle de Ordesa (now National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido).

The National Parks Act establishes, through its three unique articles, a system of conservation raised, from the outset, as a guarantee for its enjoyment by the generations to come, in a manner compatible with its enjoyment by the current ones. Spanish National Parks are the greatest exponent of the richness of Spanish biodiversity and are also spaces for the service of knowledge and open to visit by citizens. Over these 100 years, the management of our Parks has brought together these two aspects and promotes the development of the territory in which they settle and the improvement of the living conditions of the population that inhabits them.


Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa
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Spain Nature Parks
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visitors guide

Teleférico Fuente Dé
is an easy way to the top of a mountain to see fabulous views over the amazing Picos de Europa. It rises through 750 metres to a height of 1,850 at the spectacular Upper Station.
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Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Guadarrama
great local site

Guadarrama national park
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park guide








Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada
Granada
great local site

Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada
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local detail near the village of Mecina Bombaron on the A-4130


local detail Sierra Nevada
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A-4130 Sierra Nevada Mecina Bombaron
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The village of Mecina Bombaron showing local information.

Visitors Centres

Ctra. A 395 – dirección Pradollano – Km. 23
18196 Güéjar Sierra (Granada)
Teléfono: (+34) 958 980 246
usopublico.sn.cma@juntadeandalucia.es

Horario:
Invierno: Martes a Domingo: 10:00 - 14:00 / 16:00 - 18:00 h
Verano: Martes a Domingo, 10:00 - 14:00 / 17:00 - 19:00 h..

Visitors Centres

Ctra. Laujar-Orgiva Km. 1
04470 Laujar de Andarax (Almería)
Teléfono: (+34) 958 980 246
usopublico.sn.cma@juntadeandalucia.es
Horario:
Miércoles a Domingo: 10:00- 14:00 h
Sábados tarde: 16:00-18:00 h.
Sábados tarde (En verano): 16:00-18:00 h.
Durante Enero, Febrero y Noviembre: De Jueves a Domingo: 10:00 – 14:00 h.
Servicios:
información y orientación al visitante
Venta de libros y mapas




Parque Nacional de las Tablas de Daimiel

great local site

Parque Nacional de las Tablas de Daimiel
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Parque Nacional de las Tablas de Daimiel




Parque Nacional del Teide
Tenerife

Antonio de Viana wrote in his book " Antiquities of the Lucky Isles" in 1604 "Nivaria is called by the snow that usually plies the very high summit of the sacred Mount Teide, excelso Atlante, which means life on the white snow mountain. So the great Teide, is called Tenerife la Nivaria, which is the same as snow mountain. "

Tenerife is the largest and oldest of the Canary Islands. Its extraordinary landscape is a geological monument of the most spectacular of the world, in which the volcanic cones and lava flows form an extraordinary set of colours and forms. One can not forget its great biological wealth, the extraordinary high percentage of endemic plant species and the importance in terms of number and exclusivity of its invertebrate fauna.

great local site

Parque Nacional del Teide
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Booking details. Permit to access the summit

Parador de Cañadas del Teide
Mountain lodging with refined rooms, plus a restaurant, an exercise room & an indoor pool.

Las Cañadas del Teide, s/n, 38300 La Orotava, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Spains parador hotels

+34 922 38 64 15

parador booking page

Parque Nacional del Teide
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Google Earth
Parador de Cañadas del Teide
Parador room
Parador de Cañadas del Teide
Parador de Cañadas del Teide

parador booking page


One of the objectives of the Master Plan for the Use and Management of the Teide National Park is to reconcile the socioeconomic development of the communities located in the periphery of the Park with the conservation of the environment.
Therefore, there are different types of sustainable activities that are maintained inside the National Park.

The use of water
Hunting of the wild rabbit
Use of soil and pumice
Beekeeping
Other uses
Tourism activities: an alternative to the traditional economy
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Parque Nacional de Timanfaya
Las Palmas, Lanzarote

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Parque Nacional de Timanfaya
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Parque Nacional de Timanfaya
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Parque Nacional de Timanfaya
Google Earth detail
This island was almost destroyed by  volcano in 1730
Locals say that it is not a dead land, but a newborn. Although seemingly desolate, these harsh landscapes have been colonized mainly by plants. Predominant black and red hues of lapillis and sands and obscure basaltic lavas, all dotted with spots of different colours belonging to the numerous lichen species. Also there is the biological wealth and the great number of vegetal and animal endemisms.

visitors centre
Mancha Blanca
Ctra. Tinajo-Yaiza, Km 11,500

35560 Tinajo - Lanzarote (Las Palmas)

Teléfono: 928 118 042 / Fax: 928 838 235
Horario: 9:00-16:30 h, todos los días.

manchablanca.cmayot@gobiernodecanarias.org









Parque Nacional de Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

Lleida (Catalonia)

great local site

Parque Nacional de Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici
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Parque Nacional de Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici
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The high mountain paradise that contains 200 lakes, torrents, waterfalls, peatlands, canyons, wild peaks and leafy forests of black pine, spruce, wild pine, birch and beech, with a chance to see numerous plants and animals surviving in a land of wonder.
Parque Nacional de Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici
visitors guide

visitors centre - boi

visitors centre - espot


Contact details
Lleida (Catalonia)

Tel.:+34 973696189





Parque Nacional Marítimo - Terrestre del Archipiélago de Cabrera
small island close to Mallorca, Balearic Isles, Spain
great local site


Parque Nacional Marítimo - Terrestre del Archipiélago de Cabrera
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Close to Mallorca, the Cabrera Archipelago is the best example of unaltered island ecosystems in the Spanish Mediterranean.

Protected here are important colonies of seabirds, endemic species and one of the best preserved seabeds of Spain.

Types of garriga, scrub perfectly adapted to the rigors of the Mediterranean climate, there are several endemisms: Astragalus of the Balearic Islands ( Astragalus balearicus ), blonde ( Rubia angustifolia ssp cespitosa ) , Tragetas ( Dracunculus muscivorum ), Balearic hypericum ( Hypericum balearicum ), etc. This park is an important stopover point in the migratory route of more than 150 species of birds, both in the spring and autumn stages.  The Audouin gull ( Larus audouini ) and the Eleonora falcon ( Falco eleonorae )are seen here. The seabed  is home to more than 200 species of fish and numerous endemic invertebrates.

As an archipelago made up of 18 islands and islets, access to Cabrera must be made by boat, with the nearest ports being Colonia Sant Jordi, La Rápita and S'Estanyol. By road, from Palma de Mallorca, it is an hour by car passing through the towns of Lluchmajor and Campos


Excursions a Cabrera SL
Telephone 971 649 034.


E-mail: info@excursionsacabrera.es

Web: www.excursionsacabrera.es

Cabrera Sea Fun SL (Mar Cabrera).


Phone: 971 656 403/622 574 806


Email: info@marcabrera.com

Web: www.marcabrera.com




Parque Nacional de Cabañeros
Ciudad Real and Toledo
great local site

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Parque Nacional de Cabañeros
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visitors guide - must read




Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente
La Palma, Canary Isles

High mountain crater, with visitor trails, 2000m high peaks, spectacular waterfalls & Canary pine trees

Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente



great local site



Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente





Parque Nacional de Doñana
Andalucia

great local site
Parque Nacional de Doñana
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visitor centres

The Doñana National Park is a mosaic of ecosystems that shelter a unique biodiversity in Europe. Particularly outstanding is the salt marsh, of extraordinary importance as a place of passage, breeding and wintering for thousands of European and African birds. In the Park live unique species, and in serious danger of extinction, like the Iberian imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx.

Doñana means the confluence of a set of ecosystems (beach, dunes, preserves, marsh ...) that give this Park a unique personality.
Parque Nacional de Doñana
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street view




Parque Nacional de Garajonay
La Gomera

Miraculous existence of dark and mysterious jungles, memories of the subtropical forests from millions of years ago that populated the Mediterranean area

great local site

Parque Nacional de Garajonay
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visitors guide





Parque Nacional Marítimo-Terrestre de las Islas Atlánticas de Galicia
Pontevedra

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local government site
Parque Nacional Marítimo-Terrestre de las Islas Atlánticas de Galicia
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Parque Nacional Marítimo-Terrestre de las Islas Atlánticas de Galicia


visitors guide



Parque Nacional de Monfragüe
Cáceres

great local site

Parque Nacional de Monfragüe

visitor guide

Parque Nacional de Monfragüe
image from the visitor guide


Ordesa y Monte Perdido
Huesca

great local site

Ordesa y Monte Perdido


Ordesa y Monte Perdido
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park guide

Ordesa y Monte Perdido




Sierra Norte de Sevilla

Tourist information locations
Beautiful rolling hills, valleys and parkland rich in history, wild life and botanical interest.
The official Junta website contains useful information on:- Map
Reception Facilities
Trails
Cycle Route
Activities

Don't miss San Nicolas del Puerto, beautiful !. Freshwater swimming.
San Nicolas del Puerto map location

San Nicolas del Puerto, Sevilla, Spain. Freshwater swimming in Spain.

San Nicolas del Puerto, Sevilla, Spain

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San Nicolas del Puerto

About an hour and half north of Sevilla and right a bit is the beautiful San Nicolas del Puerto with bars and restaurants within it including amazingly freshwater swimming in a safe shallow river with gentle purpose made slopes into the water.

Sierra Norte de Sevilla

Tourist information locations
Beautiful rolling hills, valleys and parkland rich in history, wild life and botanical interest.
The official Junta website contains useful information on:- Map
Reception Facilities
Trails
Cycle Route
Activities

Don't miss San Nicolas del Puerto, beautiful !. Freshwater swimming.
San Nicolas del Puerto map location

San Nicolas del Puerto town hall website

San Nicolas del Puerto town hall information on camping and accommodation





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