A country in southern Europe that is known for its beautiful beaches, rich culture, energetic cities, delicious wines, tasty food, unusual festivals, and afternoon naps, Spain is also home to a number of picturesque natural destinations. Whilst many visitors may not think of Spain as a top destination for nature lovers, it’s time to take a rethink! With plenty of natural beauty both on the mainland and across the various Spanish islands, enlist the help of a Spanish travel guide and set about discovering the country’s enchanting natural appeal. Here are some of the best places to spark your imagination and inspire you:
The Pyrenees Mountains cross mainland Spain from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, offering a wealth of activities and many wondrous sights all throughout the year. Stretching through Catalonia, Aragon, and Navarra, the beautiful mountains are steeped in legends and folklore, creating an even more magical experience. Your spain tour guide will be able to tell you some of the more interesting tales, as well as showing you the sights and giving you information about the terrain and local flora and fauna. In addition to several endemic species, such as the Pyrenean brown bear and the Pyrenean chamois, the mountains are home to vultures, lizards, eagles, deer, stoats, marmots, and more. There are generally plenty of wildflowers to admire. The summer months are great for scenic hiking, mountain biking, water sports, and picnicking alongside sparkling glacial lakes, whilst the winters tempt visitors with exciting snow sports.
Located in Tarragona and a top place for sustainable tourism, the large nature reserve of the Ebro Delta is acclaimed for its rich biodiversity and unique terrain. Named as a European Destination of Excellence by the European Commission, it is an especially sought-after destination with keen bird watchers. There are more than 400 bird species that call the delta home, with wading birds and land birds alike. It is also one of the most significant breeding colonies in the whole Mediterranean region. The rolling flat landscapes change their colours with the seasons, with the autumnal shades of the orchards especially photogenic. Reed beds surround sparkling lakes in the coastal areas, and there are many remote beaches with undulating sand dunes and sandy stretches that extend far into the distance.
Garrotxa Volcanic Nature Reserve
The Garrotxa Volcanic Nature Reserve is in Spain’s Costa Brava region, and it is known for its abundance of otherworldly volcanic cones, lunar-like landscapes, lava fields, and large craters. Rugged and wild, take time to explore the unusual area and try to spot the wildlife that inhabits the striking landscapes. Stand atop Mt. Montsacopa Volcano and soak up the gorgeous views, and stroll through the verdant beech trees of Jorda Fageda.
Donana National Park
Donana National Park is in Andalusia. Sitting on the Atlantic coast, it boasts wildlife-rich swampy marshes, sand dunes, and tinkling steams that criss-cross the land. A UNESCO-listed spot, it’s a terrific place for fans of eco-tourism. Mongoose, deer, badgers, Iberian lynx, and eagles are amongst the interesting creatures you can hope to observe here and, depending on the time of year, the area is home to numerous migratory birds.
Mount Teide National Park
The hauntingly beautiful Mount Teide National Park is home to Spain’s tallest mountain, its namesake Mount Teide. It is located on the island of Tenerife, which is part of the Canary Islands. The unusual landscapes are the result of past volcanic activity, with small bursts of green from the hardy plants contrasting with the dark and sandy tones of the rocks. You can access the top by several hiking trails, though you can also take a cable car if you want the glorious views with minimal effort.
Although Spain has many spectacular beaches, Ses Illetes on the island of Formentera, part of the Balearic Islands, is amongst the most stunning. The warm, clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea lap the white sandy shore, and a background of sand dunes creates an even more impressive sight.
Offering some of the most splendid natural scenery in all of Spain, the Picos de Europa Mountains stretch from coast to coast between Cantabria and Asturias in the northern part of the country. The warmer months are perfect for long hikes in picturesque surroundings, and you can relax your muscles after trekking on one of the marvellous sandy beaches. Adventure seekers can also enjoy whitewater rafting. Exploring the area with snow shoes is exciting in the colder months. The Cantabrian brown bear calls the mountains home along with an assortment of other interesting creatures.
A sublime natural pool on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, which is one of the Canary Islands, El Golfo takes it enchanting colour from the rocks underneath the water’s surface.
A paradise for nature lovers and people who appreciate beautiful scenic vistas, other natural places of interest in Spain include Sierra de Grazalema, close to Ronda, the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains on the Balearic island of Mallorca, the Alpujarras Mountains, located close to Granada, and Lanzarote’s Timanfaya Volcano.
Sorry, comments are closed for this item.