Montseny National Park

Montseny National Park
 

Overview
The Montseny National Park is located approximately 100 kilometres to the north of Barcelona. It is a spectacularly beautiful area which is mountainous area and has peaks rising to over 1,700m and covers 30,120 hectares. The differences in altitude and climate provide the idea habitat for a hugely diverse number of species or flora and fauna. These habitats range from Mediterranean and Central European forests, up to sub alpine habitats, with moors, farm land and streams interspersed.

Walking
There are information centres dotted around the Natural Park. There you can pickup information about routes, points of interest and other useful details. To help preserve the area it is recommended that walkers use the sign-posted routes, some of which also have an explanatory leaflet. They start from Fontmartina, Santa Fe, Sant Marçal, Collformic and the Collet de Sant Martí and go up to the most important summits of the mountain. The park is also crossed by two long-range tracks, marked on the land by white and red markings: The GR-5, which crosses El Montseny from Campins to Aiguafreda, passing through Fontmartina, Montseny and Pla de la Calma, and the GR-2, which passes through Seva, El Brull and Aiguafreda.

Sightseeing
The park has over a dozen small Romanesque mountain temples. These include the parish churches of Montseny, Brull, Sant Marçal and Sant Martí del Montseny. The church with pre-Romanesque paintings at Sant Pere Desplà is also outstanding,

Animals/Birds
Some of the best known mammals include wild boar, fox, badger, genet, shrew and grey dormouse.

Plants
The lower slopes of the Montseny National Park are dominated by holm oak, cork oak and pine woods and other typically Mediterranean species. In the middle region the holm oak gives way to mountain holm oak and oak. At around 900-1000m there are beech and groves of fir (Central European). Further up still, the vegetation changes to sub-alpine.

 

 
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