The Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park
The Montgrí Massif, one of the most emblematic silhouettes of the Empordà region, bears witness to the relationship between man and his environment from Palaeolithic times through to today. Thanks to its strategic and geologic position, it has prehistoric caves from 300,000 years ago, such as the Cau del Duc, as well as remains of lime kilns, dry stone walls, stone chapels and Santa Caterina hermitage. Montgrí Castle crowns the massif and is one of the most impressive ones on the Costa Brava, offering sensational views.
The Medes Islands, a former spiritual, military and pirate refuge, are now a protected space in which birds nest and species seeking refuge thrive. The archipelago, made up of seven islets, is one of the best reserves of maritime flora and fauna in the western Mediterranean thanks to the spectacular wealth of its seabed, and is a paradise for scuba divers.
The River Ter flows into the Mediterranean at the Gola del Ter, three kilometres from L’Estartit, culminating its 208-kilometre route. Nearby, there are the Ter Vell marshes, La Pletera and Les Basses d’en Coll, a set of small coastal ponds and marshes that are the refuge for numerous water birds, which can be spotted from the observation areas. During its final section, the river forms a beautiful mosaic of colours created from the irrigation channels that divide the fields of cereals, fruit trees and rice fields, ideal to be enjoyed on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.
In the heart of the Empordà, the Park has various protection statuses that regulate land and maritime spaces that are exceptional. There are 38 natural habitats, of which 17 are of European interest and 4 are considered priority habitats for conservation. Nature has been generous with this territory, providing it with three very beautiful landscapes: the mountain, the sea, and the river and marshlands.
6,155.20 hectares of surface area on land and 2,039.99 hectares of maritime surface area
All year round, particularly in the summer for the maritime part
Torroella de Montgrí and L’Estartit, Pals, Bellcaire, L’Escala, Palau-sator, Ullà, Fontanilles and Gualta
Passeig del Port, s/n · Espigó de Llevant
Baix Empordà i Alt Empordà
Corb marí emplomallat
MAIN TOURIST ACTIVITIES
- Water activities
- Scuba diving
- Fly fishing
- Standup paddleboarding
- Dinghy sailing
- Maritime excursions
- Boat rental
2. Land activities
Hot air balloon flights