Monfrague National Park

Monfrague National Park
 

Overview
The Monfrague National Park is located between Navalmoral de la Mata, Plasencia and Trujillo and covers 17,000 ha. The landscape includes dry open pastures, woodland, rocky outcrops, a reservoir and is crossed by the rivers Tagus and Tietar. It is particularly popular with bird watchers and is home to the largest colony of black vultures in the world.

Walking
The parks information centre is located at Villareal de San Carlos. The area is more suited to bird watchers than walkers as the number of tracks are limited

Sightseeing
The Monfrague National Park provides a fine education service which includes a Water Protection Centre, a Nature Centre and the main Visitor centre. Here you can learn about all the park's inhabitants through interesting multimedia shows that even children will find it interesting. The Castillo cave has some of the drawings made by the earliest cavemen of the region. As well as this, there is also the 9th century Castillo de Monfrague which was a Moorish fort which today serves as a great spot for birdwatching.

Geology
The area consists of small Mediterranean sierras that reach about 800 metres tall and give way to a large valley that has been eroded by the Tagus and Tietarrivers.

Animals/Birds
The park is home to the largest colony of Cinereous vultures (Black Vultures) in the world. It also has a large number of the rare Spanish Imperial Eagles. Another rare bird found here is the black stork. A large number of waterfowl species are found in and around the reservoir and the rivers feeding it. The park is also home to the rare Iberian lynx, red, roe and fallow deer, wild cats, wild boar and otters.

Plants
The Mediterranean forest within the Monfrague National Park is extensive and includes holm and cork oaks along with strawberry trees and rock roses.

 

 
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