Aiguamolls de l'Emporda, Catalonia

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The Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà is a natural park in Catalonia, Spain. It forms part of the Bay of Roses and, like the Ebro Delta, was a malarial swampland. The marshland lies between the Rivers Fluvià and Muga. It is the second largest wetland in Catalonia at over 4,800 hectares and was established in 1983.
During the 19th century, much of the marsh was drained as canals were created and the land converted to agriculture. However, virgin marsh and dunes remained and was given Natural Park status in the 1980s after a campaign to save the area from development.

The park accommodates 327 different species. Great spotted cuckoo, spoonbill, nightingale, collared pratincole and stone-curlew are among its many birds. The park offers seven hides and one tower for bird watchers. They are connected through a plain dirt track which allows wheelchairs.
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  • This is one of my main highlights and a place I must get to every time I visit Catalunya! I abosolutely love this place! So many great birds and other wildlife, and if you visit in the spring you...  more »
  • One of our regular visits when we go to Costa Brava. This year there was significantly less than water than in previous years when we have visited. For the bird-watchers there are hundreds of storks.....  more »
  • Lovely retreat, if you've got a car it's definitely worthy of a visit. Nice to go for a walk, end up at the beach and be able to have a beer and soak up some rays. Perfect get away from the city with lots of friendly locals.
  • We went here, no expectations to spot any animals at all. We just hoped to have a nice walk, but were happily surprised. We saw A LOT of storks, many birds that we weren't sure of what they exactly were, but they were gorgeous, AND we saw this amazing otter-like animal that we couldn't really identify. Would recommend going here, great experience.

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