With a nature of contrasts and exceptional natural resources, Spain is the third country in the world regarding spaces declared Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO. This is the country with bigger flora and fauna biodiversity in Europe. Almost 12% of the country´s territory is protected either as Natural Reserve, Protected Landscape, Natural Park or National Park.
Spain's natural landscapes are very varied on its different regions. Its rivers, lakes, forests, marshes, cliffs, mountains (this is the second most montainous country in Europe) and volcanoes are worth to be visited, since they provide an amazing experience while being a great pleasure for the senses.
Some of the major Protected areas in Spain are:
Picos de Europa National Park: Located in Northern Spain the Picos de Europa is a mountainous chain of more than 200 heights of an overall of 2000m tall. On its diverse topography tall peaks and abrupt canyons can be found. The almost permanent presence of snow, and the beautiful rivers and lakes of the region (such as the famous Covadonga Lake in Asturias) provide very picturesque views of an amazing landscape.
Cañadas del Teide National Park: This Park protects the Teide volcano's crater. Located in the Canary Islands, the Teide is the biggest volcano in Spain and its surroundings, with its amazing colorful landscape that holds a diverse flora of great biological importance.
Sierra Nevada National Park: With an area of 86,208 hectares, this Andalusian park is one of the best representations of the Mediterranean Mountain. It has been declared Biosphere Reserve in 1986, due to the presence of characteristic species of fauna and its rich variety of plants. Some of its mountains exceed the 3000m tall and provide stunning views of their forests and snowy peaks, as well as high level ski resorts.
Islas Atlánticas National Park: Islas Atlánticas is a sea and land park, composed of the group of islands situated in front of the Rias Baixas in the Galician coast. The park protects plenty of animal species and is home of an important and diverse colony of sea birds.
Gorges of the Duraton Nature Reserve: Just a few kilometers away from Madrid, in the Province of Segovia, this Natural Reserve protects the Duraton River and the amazing canyon that surrounds it. A boat trip by the Duraton waters is a not to miss experience, where visitors could see and feel its extreme beauty while learning from the protected species that inhabit the area.
These are only a few of the Spanish National parks, among plenty of others protected areas and places of extreme natural beauty which could be discovered in almost every corner of this amazing country.
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