The Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park

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 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.

The park is accredited with:

A collaboration commitment between the entity and the territory to work on responsible, sustainable and quality tourism management.

REMARKABLE PLACES

The Medes Islands

The Montgrí Massif

The Baix Ter Wetlands

The Gola del Ter

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.

INTERESTING INFORMATION

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Surface area

6,155.20 hectares of surface area on land and 2,039.99 hectares of maritime surface area

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Best time of year

All year round, particularly in the summer for the maritime part

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Towns

Torroella de Montgrí and L’Estartit, Pals, Bellcaire, L’Escala, Palau-sator, Ullà, Fontanilles and Gualta

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Information centre

Passeig del Port, s/n · Espigó de Llevant
17258 L’Estartit

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Comarcas

Baix Empordà and Alt Empordà

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Contact

(+34) 972 75 17 01

 Ensopeguera
 Estàquia marítima
 Abellera fosca
 Lleteressa palustre
 Posidònia

 Corb marí emplomallat
 Àliga cuabarrada
 Nero
 Gorgònia roja
 Tortuga d’estany

 MAIN TOURIST ACTIVITIES

  1. Water activities
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking
  • Fly fishing
  • Flyboarding
  • Wakeboarding
  • Skibus
  • Standup paddleboarding
  • Waterskiing
  • Jetskiing
  • Sailing
  • Dinghy sailing
  • Maritime excursions
  • Boat rental

2.  Land activities

Hiking
Mountain biking
Cycle touring
Golf
Segways
Hot air balloon flights
Laser adventure
Adventure park