The best natural parks in Spain

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Spain offers numerous possibilities for sightseeing . And one of them is to take a tour of the various natural parks to enjoy nature and the different landscapes , environments, fauna and flora … The options are varied. But here we propose some of the most attractive or interesting that can be taken into account for this summer.

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands is one of the tourist destinations par excellence. Here we can find the Timanfaya National Park , which is in Lanzarote . It is one of the most particular and surprising for its landscape and for the attractions it has, since it is the only one of a geological nature as it arose as a result of the volcanic eruptions that took place on the island between the years 1720 and 1736 and 1824. .

The curiosities in this park do not end here. It is also the only one that does not have vegetation or landscape . In fact, to many people, it reminds them of the surface of another planet, such as Mars, due to the roughness of the shapes, the different colors it has on its lands and the volcanoes , locating more than 25 in its nearly 5,000 hectares. It is also very interesting to know that there is still volcanic activity, some of the park points finding temperatures that exceed more than 100 degrees Celsius on the surface.


Also very suitable for the summer is the natural park that includes the archipelagos of the Cíes, Ons, Cortejada and Sálvora islands. In this Galician area known as the Atlantic Islands , in addition to the beaches and the marine environment, there are also other attractions such as the large laurel forest.

But above all, what is worth knowing is everything related to water because there are more than 200 species of algae, especially brown ones, as well as numerous types of mollusks , corals and anemones. Other species of interest are the yellowlegged gulls –they can be perfectly observed from the Lighthouse of the Cíes Islands-, the shaggy cormorants, lac and guillemots.

Castilla la Mancha

One of the best known natural parks is Tablas de Daimiel , which is a unique wetland in the world because it is the last ecosystem called river tables . This park, which is located in Ciudad Real , is produced by the overflow of the Guadiana and Cigüela rivers , given the scarcity of slopes, which has contributed to creating a natural space of great beauty.

In this environment you can find various animal species such as grebes, herons, ducks, rabbits, carp, wild boar, foxes or rabbits, among others, which also include rattlesnakes.


Another option within the possibilities of the national parks is that of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici . This destination is the only one in Catalonia where it is possible to enjoy peaks over 3,000 meters high, apart from rivers, ravines and waterfalls.

In addition, in this environment there are more than 200 lakes and ponds inhabited by different animal and plant species. It is a very rich area because in it several ecosystems are located, being able to see from meadows to crops, high mountain rocks or forests.


The tour of the natural parks ends in Extremadura. The fact that it is the last proposal does not mean that it is the least attractive. Here is Monfragüe .

This park is considered one of the most important in Spain for bird watching . Among the most common are the imperial eagle, black vulture or black stork. In addition, one of the largest colonies of Leonard vultures is also concentrated here.

As for plant species , it is also a good destination for all flora lovers because here there is a rich pasture . Among the most typical or numerous species in the area are the cork oaks and holm oaks. It is also a land of forests and pastures.