10 natural parks to visit as a family
Today we live in cities where the brick gains ground to the lawn. It is true that there are numerous urban parks where you can enjoy a bit of living nature, but these redoubts make us forget the wonders offered by the environment in reserved spaces such as natural parks. Therefore, each May 24 the celebration is celebrated European Day of the Natural Parks, a date in which we are reminded of the importance of nature.
To pay tribute to this day, we propose a selection of the 10 best natural parks of Spain to visit with your family and enjoy with the children. Wonderful natural and green places where to leave aside the jungle of asphalt and to contact with an environment where the trees supply the traffic lights and the animals to the cars.
The 10 best natural parks to visit with your family
1. Sierra de Hornachuelos
Located in the province of Córdoba, this natural park has 60,000 hectares. A pleasant place that invites you to stroll along the banks of the three rivers that run through this area: the Bembézar, the Guadiato and the Retortillo. As for fauna, this natural park has specimens of deer, wild boar, wolves and otters that run through this natural environment where cork and pine trees are imposed along their roads.
2. Monfragüe National Park
The province of Cáceres hosts this wonderful park that has one of the most important biosphere reserves in Spain. Among the species that inhabit this area are the black vulture, the wild cat, the Iberian newt and many more species that make up the cast of the Spanish fauna.
3. Cabañeros National Park
This park represents what is a Mediterranean forest, one of the best preserved in all of Spain. In this ecosystem, the imperial eagle flies over, one of the most endangered species. Roe deer and wild cats also happily roam these roads.
4. Sierra de Guadarrama
It is located in the eastern part of the Central System and occupies a total area of 33,960 hectares, of which almost 64% are located in the Autonomous Community of Madrid and just over 36% correspond to the province of Segovia. This park exemplifies the natural systems of high mountain, between the species that we will be able to know is the Iberian mole and the Iberian desman.
5. Archipelago of Cabrera
A group of islets make up this natural park located in the Balearics. In this area not only we will find fauna and vegetation, but we will be able to enjoy pieces of history since several civilizations like the Romans or the Carthaginians inhabited in this archipelago. This park combines the maritime flora with terrestrial flora, since 85% of the surface is sea, a good option to know what Spain hides under its waters.
6. Aiguas Tortas and Lake of San Mauricio
Catalonia offers this beautiful landscape where water is the protagonist since more than 200 lakes. A true paradise to disconnect from the noise of the city between its waterfalls and lush forests that are composed of black pines, birches and beech trees among many other plant species. The capercaillie and the Pyrenean triton are just some examples of the fauna that populates this park.
7. Dunes of Liencres
At the mouth of the river Mogro (Cantabria) is located this beautiful natural park that unlike the other locations is not a leafy forest but of coves and beaches. This park stands out for being the destination of numerous aquatic migratory birds. This location is also a good opportunity to know what the dune system is and what is its importance in the maritime ecosystem.
8. Hoces del Duratón
The Duraton shore, north of Segovia, is this canyon that houses an impressive biosphere reserve. This park also offers history lessons since its caves have engravings from the Bronze Age, and in this area the first Romanesque hermitage of San Frutos is located. Undoubtedly this space invites us to a pleasant walk where if we look up we can see flying over griffon vultures and peregrine falcons.
9. Gorbea natural park
More than 20,000 hectares occupies this park located between Álava and Bilbao and that is formed around the Gorbea mountain, summit at 1,481 meters of altitude. This location offers an example of what is a deciduous forest where beech and oak groves provide shade on roads.
In Lanzarote is this natural park that invites us to discover a volcanic ecosystem. More than 25 volcanoes populate this location that are still active, some unknown in the Iberian Peninsula but in the Canaries are quite famous. A way to know the Spain that is an hour apart.
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