Green spaces have an important role in Spaniards lives since they are they ideal places to enjoy social and sport activities, which are very popular among Spain’s population.
Both National Parks and Municipal Gardens are good places to enjoy Spain’s nice weather.
Spain’s National Parks Network has fourteen protected parks under its administration which have a great natural diversity between one and other.
The most remarkable National Parks are:
Sierra Nevada National Park: It is the biggest park with 86.208 ha. Its mountains reach heights of 9.180 feet where snow is perpetual. Sierra Nevada is home of more than 2000 vegetal species and a rich fauna, being the Cabra Montés the most characteristic animal of the mountains.
Picos de Europa: Among its 64.660 ha of lakes and glacial erosion, more than 100 bird species live. It is a great example of Atlantic Mountain landscape with unique forests and fauna such as wolves and bears.
Doñana: This western park of Andalucia is a puzzle of different ecosystems and keeps a unique biodiversity. Doñana is home of several protected species, some in danger of extinction such as the Iberian imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx. It has an extension of 54252 ha formed by beaches, dunes, marshes and other landscapes.
Cabañeros: This fantastic park has 40.856 ha of hills and massifs covered by mediterranean forests in the region of the Toledo’s mounts. It hosts more than 200 bird species among its wide variety of fauna.
Cabrera’s Archipelago: Its 10.021 ha comprehend varied ecosystems giving protection to a wide diversity of land and marine fauna.
Other National Parks not to be missed are: Aigüestortes I Estany de Saint Maurici (a wonderful exponent of mountain ecosystems in the Pyrenees); Caldera de Taburiente (a magnificent volcanic scenario); Garajonay (famous due to its invaluable vegetal richness and geological monuments); Galicia’s Atlantic Island; Monfragüe Park (the most extensive Mediterranean wood area); Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park; Tablas de Daimiel; Teide (famous due to its volcanic processes and its excellent astronomical observation point) and Timanfaya.
But there’s no need to travel long distances to enjoy open air. Every city or town in Spain has at least a public park or garden. For example if you are staying in a big Metropolis you can try: Buen Retiro Park in Madrid (an oasis of lakes, gardens and palaces); Güell Park in Barcelona (designed by Gaudí, it mixes artistic gardens with architectural works and beautiful monuments resulting in a colourful landscape); Maria Luisa Park in Seville (wonderful gardens with monuments dedicated to national literary figures and Andalusian fountains); Turia Gardens in Valencia (a riverside park divided into twelve sections, some of which allow the practice of different sports while others have the structure of conventional gardens).
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