Pagoeta Natural Park

Pagoeta Natural Park
 

Overview
Pagoeta Natural Park has been established around the mount of the same name. It covers 2,860ha and includes the towns of Aia, Zarautz and Zestoa and is part of the Guipuzcoa coastal mountain chain. The area and its surroundings contain important traces of its prehistoric past: there are dolmens, tumuli and important cave sites on the bottom of its valleys and another site on the mountain. It is still farmed with traditional Basque methods and appears to be a place which has found a good balance between nature and human interference.

Animals/Birds
Animals and birds found within the Pagoeta Natural Park include Egyptian vulture, honey buzzard and the short-toed eagle, wild boar, wild cat, marten, deer and badger.

Plants
The Pagoeta Natural Park has two main types of vegetation: natural forests and scrubland. There are also extensive pastures high up in the mountains and around the farmhouses. Woodland trees are mainly oak and the alder groves at the bottom of the valleys, combined with shrubs, groves and fields. The beech grove is also represented in the higher areas (Pagoeta means a place with beech trees in Basque).