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Spain's national parks

  1. 1. Picos de Europa: The Picos de Europa is a range of mountains 20 km inland from the northern coast of Spain, located in the Autonomous Communities of Asturias, Cantabria and Castile and León, forming part of the Cantabrian Mountains. The most widely accepted origin for the name is that they were the first sight of Europe for ships arriving from the Americas.
  2. 2. Ordesa y monte perdido: Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is an IUCN Category II National Park situated in the Pyrenees of Huesca province, Aragon, Spain. There has been a National Park in the Ordesa Valley since 1918. Its protected area was enlarged in 1982 to cover the whole region amounting to 156.08 km². It has been included since 1997 by UNESCO in the Biosphere Reserve of Ordesa-Viñamala. In the same year it was included in the cross-border Pyrénées - Mont Perdu World Heritage Site.
  3. 3. Archipelago de Cabrera: A little over an hour by boat from Mallorca, Archipelago de Cabrera is the best example of undisturbed island ecosystems of the Spanish Mediterranean. Since 1991, the National Park Shoreline blanket all the natural wealth of this group of limestone islands and islets: important seabird colonies, endemic species and one of the best preserved seabed of our coastline.
  4. 4. Marítimo Terrestre de las Islas Atlanticas de Galicia: From Arosa estuary of Vigo to these islands are linked, emerging from the ocean and beautifying the seascape with the magic of its cliffs. In his gut, deep sea, saved the most precious ecological treasures of this park, guarded by the guns of the ancient sunken ship here.
  5. 5. Monfragüe : Monfragüe is a region of Extremadura, western Spain, which contains the most recently designated of the country's fourteen National Parks (Spanish: Parque Nacional Monfragüe). From 1979 the area was protected as a natural park. The park is north of Trujillo and runs from east to west along the valley of the River Tajo.
  6. 6. Doñana : Doñana is a Spanish nature reserve located in Andalusia has 104,970 ha. The park is an area of marsh, shallow streams, and sand dunes in Las Marismas, the Guadalquivir River Delta region where it flows into the Atlantic ocean. There has been a constant threat to the eco-system, that of drainage of the marshes, the use of river water to boost agricultural production by irrigating land along the coast, and the expansion of tourist facilities.
  7. 7. Teide National Park : Teide National Park is a national park located in Tenerife Canary Islands, Spain. It is centered around 3718 m Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain and the islands of the Atlantic (it is the third largest volcano in the world from its base). It was declared a national park on 22 January 1954, making it one of the oldest national parks in Spain.
  8. 8. Timanfaya: Timanfaya National Park is a Spanish national park covering the municipalities of southern portion of Tinajo and the northern portion of Yaiza in the southwestern part of the island of Lanzarote. The greatest recorded eruptions occurred between 1730 and 1736. The volcanic activity continues as the surface temperature in the core ranges from 100 to 600 °C at the depth of 13 metres which is demonstrated by pouring water into the ground.
  9. 9. Garajonay : Garajonay National Park is located in the center and north of the island of La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands It was declared a national park in 1981 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. It occupies 40 km2 (15 sq mi) and it extends into each of the municipalities on the island. The park is named after the rock formation of Garajonay, the highest point on the island at 1,484 m.
  10. 10. Caldera de Taburiente National Park: Caldera de Taburiente National Park is a national park on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain. It contains the enormous expanse of the Caldera de Taburiente, once believed to be a huge crater, but nowadays known to be a mountain arch with a curious crater shape, which dominates the northern part of the island. It was designated as a national park in 1954.
  11. 11. Sierra Nevada : The Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada is located in Granada and Almeríaprovi nces in south-eastern Spain. It was declared a national park on 14 January 1999. It stretches from the Alpujarra to El Marquesado and the Lecrin Valley, covering a total area of 85,883 hectares, making it the largest national park in Spain.
  12. 12. Cabañeros: Cabañeros is a national park in Spain, which falls within two provinces, the northwest of Ciudad Real and the southwest of Toledo. The Park was designated in 1995 and has an area of 390 square kilometres (150 sq mi). It lies between the Estena and Bullaque rivers, extending into the Chorito and Miraflores mountain ranges. It is the best and largest surviving area of Iberian Mediterranean forest, with an enormous variety of plant species.
  13. 13. Tablas de Daimiel : Tablas de Daimiel National Park is a nature reserve in south-central Spain on La Mancha plain in the province of Ciudad Real. It is a wetland in an arid part of Spain. It covers an area of 19.28 km². TDNP(tablas de Daimiel national park) is a floodplain wetland created where the Gigüela river joins the Guadiana river. It is home to many bird species, some year-round residents, some migratory.

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