by Taetske | 4:38 pm
(Last Updated On: December 17, 2018)

 

The 15 National Parks in Spain

 

There are 10 Parks on the Iberian Peninsula and 5 divided over the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. More than 10 million people visit these parks every year.

 

The Teide Mountain on the island Tenerife

Canary Islands, Tenerife Teide Mountain

 

The Canary Islands is an archipelago and Tenerife, which has a subtropical climate, the same as the other islands, is the biggest one of them. Its capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife was founded in May 1494. Because of its mild temperatures in the winter, it is a sought after holiday destination for people from Nordic countries. Many tourists sunbathing enjoy the sight of the snow-covered Teide mountain.

 

The Teide National Park

El Teide which is situated on the island of Tenerife is one of the most visited parks in Europe and also ranks high worldwide. This mountain is the highest mountain in Spain with its 3.718 meters.  It is of volcanic origin and from the sea floor, it stands at 7500 meters. The last eruption happened in 1909.

The National Park has an area of18.900 hectares (47.000 acres) and was named World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. A big international astronomical observatory is located on its slopes. The similarity of the Teide to the Mars landscape has brought the scientist to test robotic vehicles in the area.

The Teide was considered a sacred mountain by the Guanches, the first aboriginal Berber inhabitants of the island. It is thought that they migrated there at around 1000BC. This park offers the visitor some breathtaking views, some good hikes and a big variety of Fauna and Flora.

 

Donana National Park

In Andalusia, there is the well-known  Parque de Donana situated in the Huelva,  Sevilla and Cadiz region. It is a labyrinth of land and water which shapes the marshes and beautiful lakes.

There is some 25 km of unspoiled beaches and the fossil dunes of Asperillo which can be up to 30 meters tall. Many different trees find their place in this park like the cork trees, ash, poplar, honeysuckle or stone pines.

Donana is one of the most protected natural areas of Europe as it is an important crossroad for migration birds routes between Africa and Europe.  Mediterranean pinewoods and scrubland and vast salt marshes all this forms the ideal place for the birds to stop and have their babies.

Donana is surely the most biodiverse natural area in Europe  It has some 300 species living here and some 130 come here to breed on a regular base.

 

Lynx Mother with Baby

Lynx Mother with Baby

 

The Iberian Lynx

One of the 37 species of mammals is the beautiful Iberian Lynx considered the world’s most endangered wild cat. At the moment there are some 170 animals living in 2 isolated reproductive populations in Andalusia.

Donana is also the habitat of the endangered Spanish  Imperial Eagle, there are only 10 pairs that live here.  Their lifespan is normally around 16 years but is known that some birds became more than 30 years old. Their wingspan of up to 2 meters makes them impressive indeed. They are legally protected in Spain and dangerous electricity towers have been modified. Recently 2 pairs of Imperial Eagles were reintroduced to Portugal.

A visit to this park is highly recommended and do not forget your binoculars. The park has some 100.000 protected hectares where many species find protection.

 


 

Illegal Wells, a danger for the Donana Park

There is a big problem which threatens Donana, more than 300 illegal wells will be shut down as their use is draining the wetlands dry. Even legal wells will be shut down as the situation is more than serious. Of course, this will not happen all at once, it forms part of a 15-year plan to recover the water levels of the aquifer but it will take between 30 to 60 years to completely recover from this overexploitation.

 

 

Conclusion

These were only 2 of the 15 beautiful national parks in Spain. Each one has its own charm and uniqueness, for sure worth a visit. There have been recent talks to make la Sierra de las Nieves – The mountain of the Snows into a National Park. Up until now, it has the status of a protected natural area.

To upgrade to become a National Park the protection and control of Fauna and Flora will be a lot better. From my home, I can see this mountain in the valley to the west. Let’s hope this decision will be taken by Madrid so more nature is taken care of and saved for future generations.

 

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Comments

Juan Rojas

The article is very interesting. I was delighted to see the videos on the Iberian lynx. And also I want to say that the landscape of mountains that appears when opening the page is precious. Thank you very much for sharing such valuable information.

Jun 14.2017 | 08:20 am

    admin

    Good morning Juan, Thank you for your comment on my website. That background photo is from a visit to New Zealand. It is important to make people aware of the Iberian Lynx, such a beautiful animal. I am happy there is this program in Spain to avoid its extinction.
    Regards, Taetske

    Jun 14.2017 | 11:18 am

Johann H Ragnarsson

Thank you for this site. I have through the years spent a lot of time in Spain, special in Catalunya and Zaragoza. Some places have always been and still are, on my bucket lists like El Teide which I have a lot of. Looks very interesting.
That is the way I was so happy to hear about the other places you talk about and will for sure add it to my bucket list.
As I know Agust is the hottest month in Spain, I think I know at least, and any of this places to warm at that time? Meaning if it would be better to visit it on other time?

Sep 18.2017 | 05:00 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Johan,

    Thank you for your visit. I also think Spain is a lovely country with so many beautiful places to explore. When it is summer here, on the Canary Islands it is low season. Not as many tourists as in the winter. In summer we might get from 30 to 40C mainland but on the islands, it is around 20 to 30C. I think in the low season the islands are well worth a visit. The National Park Donana has similar temperatures as here in the south but it has the Atlantic breeze so not bad. Going on inland like to Sevilla there it can be very hot indeed. For Donana I think that May and also October could be good months to visit.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 19.2017 | 03:03 pm

Chris

It’s lovely to see that you’ve covered The Teide in this article as it brings back so many memories now. Myself and my family went on holiday to Tenerife when I was eleven and we actually took the day trip up this mountain. 

I can clearly remember my father telling me to touch the rock floor below us at one point to see if I could feel it’s heat, he then informed me that the mountain was volcanic. Being the age I was, that put me into a bit of a panic!

I also seem to remember getting heavily sunburned that day! 🙂

Dec 17.2018 | 03:20 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Chris,

    I can imagine you got sunburned as at that altitude the sun is very strong. I used to work as a tourist guide and the winter of 1975 I stayed on Gran Canaria. I visited Tenerife and also Lanzarote, all of these islands are very beautiful, with each of them having its special character.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 18.2018 | 08:08 am

Kenny

Wow this looks so amazing. And the best bit is I live in the U.K. so it would be easy for me to get to these places in Spain. I think that too many people take for granted the wonderful places that nature provides and we should all learn to relax and enjoy nature, rather than slowly destroying it. Thanks again, Kenny

Dec 17.2018 | 03:22 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Kenny,

    Indeed, the U.K. is close to Spain, just a relatively short plane trip. If you should make your way to the south do not hesitate to contact me. I like to meet the people who read my posts.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 18.2018 | 08:09 am

Kabirat

Wonderful work Taetske,

Mother nature has really blessed us with rare wildlife creatures. The beauty of the Iberian Lynx can’t be overlooked and it will be saddening if it goes into extinction every thing within the powers of the Spanish government should be done to conserve it.

A visit to these parks will definitely be worthwhile. 

Dec 17.2018 | 03:23 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Kabirat,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Living for many years in Spain I am happy to see that the government and also the people are becoming more conscious of the beautiful country with the Fauna and the Flora. The wish to preserve the environment is becoming stronger and that takes us in the right direction.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 18.2018 | 08:09 am

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