Nature reserves

Natural Park of Cap de Creus

The Creus cape peninsula is one of the largest, protected, natural reserves in Catalonia (formed in 1998 by the Law 4/1998, 12th March, for the protection of Creus cape), with a total area of 13,886 hectares, divided into 3,073 of coast and 10,813 of land, a fact which gives it the distinctive feature of being Catalonia's first foreshore natural reserve.

Natural Park of Aiguamolls

The Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà (created by the Law 21/1983, 28th October, for the protection of the marshes of l'Empordà) was declared a protected area after a long and intense defence campaign begun in 1976, intended to avoid the development of the area. The flora in this protected area is found to be associated mainly with the semi-flood- or flooded plains, and therefore it is possible to see the presence of plants typical in this type of environment such as salicor (Athrocnenmum, on the seabed), European Beach Grass (Ammophila arenaria, found on the sands along the beachfront) and the Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus).

The Albera range

The Paratge Natural d'Interés Nacional de l'Albera (created by the Law 3/1986, 10th March, by the Parliament of Catalonia), although it does not form part of the municipality of Roses, it is found only a short distance away, a fact which means an interested visitor can get there easily. The Albera's PNIN consists of two parts: the western side (Requesens - Baussitges), with an important tree-covered area and great diversity of mid-mountain vegetation, and a drier, lower part (Sant Quirze de Colera - Balmeta), with a clear predominance of bushy vegetation.

Nature Reserve of the Medes Islands (The Estartit)

The Medes Islands form an archipelago placed at 900 m of the Estartit, the beach of Torroella de Montgrí, and they are practically the only islands of the coast of Catalonia. Nest of piracy during the Middle Ages and later military prison, they are famous especially for the wealth of thebottom rich in fish and for the subaquatic photography. The terrestrial fauna of the islands are also very remarkable, especially for the colony of silvery gavians, one of the most important of the occidental Mediterranean, with some 7.000 couples. The Medes Islands have been declared Protected Zone.