The National Parks in Spain are a miracle of ecological wealth. They range from snow-capped mountains, to lush green pastures, waterways, dense forests and arid regions all with picturesque scenes do die for.
Some are volcanic deserts and tropical islands with awesome marine life for snorkelers and scuba divers.
Picos de Europa National Park
The Peaks of Europe has awe inspiring landscapes. It is named for the three distinct mountain ranges, the Central, Eastern and Western Ranges all crossed by river gorges.
The park has walking and navigational trails that make easy to enjoy the surroundings and even the sea from afar. Walk through lush forests, waterways, high summits and deep ravines. This park is truly exceptional.
Sierra Nevada National Park
This is Spain’s largest national park and the home of Europe’s tallest mountains. The most appealing here is the huge diversity in flora and fauna. The ground floor is made of lush valleys, rivers and forests.
The trails leading to the top give way to alpine forests and barren. On a clear day you may devise the Mediterranean coast and even the coast of Morocco from atop of Sierra Nevada.
Ordesa National Park
This was the first national park of Spain, with an amazing beauty on its rivers, waterfalls and small streams. The real attraction of this park is the Pyrenees mountain range with its magnificent skyline.
The highest mountain in the range is Mount Perdido with about 3,300 meters in height above sea level. Many animals live in the area of Mount Perdido and its neighboring mountains, included the bearded vulture, griffon vulture, and golden eagle that fly overhead.
Monfragüe National Park
This unique park is known for its typical Iberian landscape with abundance of fauna and flora. It is renowned as one of the best sites in Europe for Bird-watching. Over 400 birds of prey call Monfragüe home. Vultures, and eagles can be spotted nesting in the mountainside, while nightingales and kingfishers, can be spotted by one of the parks two rivers, the Tietar and the Tagus.
While visiting this park don’t miss the ruins of Monfrague castle, associated with many local legends and cave paintings enduring since pre-historical times.
Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park
These are four uninhabited islands off the Atlantic coast of Galicia in northwestern Spain. This park is open to the general public during the summer months.
Here you’ll find sandy beaches surrounded by crystal-clear waters hosting more than 200 species of underwater marine life around its huge coral reefs and amazing sea caves.
Marine life includes diverse dolphins, whales, sharks and shellfish. This chain of islands was in the far past a popular pirate hunt, therefore having many legends and stories about them.
Teide National Park
It is located in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands and Mount Teide is Spain’s tallest peak. With over 3 million visitors, it is Spain’s most visited national park.
The landscape looks like you are in another world. It is of volcanic soil, with caves craters and lava rivers petrified in stone. Due to its enormous sized it is almost never crowded.
Timanfaya National Park
It is located on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. The landscape here could be easily be compared to mars. Over the years, the black and red landscape was formed by the area volcanoes who covered the area with solidified lava.
Today most of the volcanoes lay dormant, but visitors can still feel the heat coming from the ground. In some areas if you pour some water on the ground it creates the geyser effect. Still many flora and fauna species have found how to survive in such an arid environment.
Aigüestortes National Park
This is an example of pristine nature dominated by green pastures and snow-capped mountains giving way to dense forests and crystal-clear rivers.
In the area of this park there are about 200 lakes surrounded by pine trees, beech and conifer trees. Located in the region of Catalonia is an excellent example of the Spanish Pyrenees mountain range.
Map of National Parks in Spain
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sierra nevada by Andrew hurley
ordesa by dianeritica
montgrague by drow-male
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teide by camrade obscura
timanfaya by tony then45
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