For a mix of land and water, there is no other park like the Cap de Creus. On a clear day expect spectacular views from the lighthouse at Cap de Creus, the easternmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The sea here is wild and untamed. Inland, you’ll find the abbey of Sant Pere de Rodes.
The Aiguamolls de l’Empordà (the Empordà Wetlands) is a natural reserve which hosts a number of protected species of plants, birds, and fish. The storks come to nest in spring, and you can see and hear them… they make a lot of noise with their clapping beaks! The park can be visited on foot, on horse-back, or Quads (out of pedestrian tracks, of course).
Not far away, the Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa (Garrotxa Volcanic Region), offers you the chance to visit extinct and dormant volcanoes, as well as the Fageda d’en Jordà, a beech forest, rarely found in these altitudes. We recommend this visit especially in autumn, when the leaves change color.
The Paratge Natural de la Albera (Albera Natural Park) is actually separated into two parts, both bordering France. On one side (to the interior) you’ll find the Requesens Castle. On the other side (closer to the Med), you’ll find the ruins of the abbey of Sant Quirze of Colera, as well as a project to raise and protect the Mediterranean turtle, which is in danger of extinction: the Mediterranean Turtle Breeding Center.