What to do and see in Spain, Spain: The Best Nature & Wildlife Areas

September 26, 2021 Velvet Mowry

Coordinates: 40°N 4°W / 40°N 4°W / 40; -4
Restaurants in Spain

1. Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla

Cazorla Spain +34 953 71 15 34 http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/medioambiente/servtc5/ventana/mostrarFicha.do?idEspacio=7423&lr=lang_es
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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5.0 based on 822 reviews

Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla

Reviewed By Goldsims - Stafford, United Kingdom

Myself and a very good friend went on Motorcycles through most of the Natural Park, absolutely amazing although the roads at times leave a lot to the imagination, especially on a bike when you are several thousands of feet up with very few barriers and then down again, hair pin bends and uneven road surfaces just wide enough for 2 cars passing slowly. However all that said, it was one of the most amazing trips i have been on and the sights are breath taking.

2. Artestruz Mallorca

MA6014 km 40, 07630 Campos, Majorca Spain +34 639 72 17 35 [email protected] http://www.artestruzmallorca.com/
Excellent
87%
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Satisfactory
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5.0 based on 427 reviews

Artestruz Mallorca

A guide will teach you amazing facts about these ancient birds, in a safe and respectful environment. Tours are interesting, fun and very surprising. If you prefer not to go for a guided tour, you are welcome to meet the ostriches by yourself. Please check website for current prices and timetables.

Reviewed By Inspiration644777

This place is quite unique. It is a bit rough around the edges but for us this only added to the charm. The owners are very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. If they got tired of answering my children’s many, many questions it didn’t show! We had a fabulous time learning all sorts of interesting facts and were lucky enough to come home with an ostrich egg thanks to a very kind Italian family. This has gone to school so we can share the ostrich love with our friends in Newcastle!

3. Parque Natural Urbasa Andia

Spain +34 608 41 76 35 http://www.parquedeurbasa.es/
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
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5.0 based on 463 reviews

Parque Natural Urbasa Andia

4. Parque Natural del Alto Tajo

Guadalajara Spain http://areasprotegidas.castillalamancha.es/rap/espacios-naturales-protegidos/enp-parque-natural/parque-natural-del-alto-tajo
Excellent
86%
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5.0 based on 104 reviews

Parque Natural del Alto Tajo

5. Parque Rural de Anaga

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife Spain
Excellent
83%
Good
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5.0 based on 217 reviews

Parque Rural de Anaga

Reviewed By JenyL126

I took the bus from La Laguna to the visitor centre, they were very helpful there, suggesting a walk that fitted my requirements and providing a map. I walked the 5 km on my own and it was wonderful, so peaceful with just the bird song for company. Beautiful views near the visitor centre, not very obvious where to go to see but if you cross the road (from the centre) and walk to the left of the restaurant, behind it there are steps, or a ramp, which lead you up to an amazing view. Also there is a cafe near the centre which was very good.

6. Urkiola Natural Park

Lugar Barrio Urkiola, 9F, 48211 Spain http://www.alavaturismo.eus/parques-naturales/parque-natural-urkiola/
Excellent
75%
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Urkiola Natural Park

A scenic park on rugged, mountainous terrain: great for hiking.

7. El Torcal de Antequera

Ctra. A-7075 Km 42, 29200, Antequera Spain +34 952 24 33 24 [email protected] http://www.torcaldeantequera.com
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4.5 based on 2,758 reviews

El Torcal de Antequera

A beautiful expanse of land decorated by dramatic natural rock formations.

8. Barranco de Guayadeque

Ingenio, 35250, Gran Canaria Spain +34 928 78 00 76 http://blog.princess-hotels.com/en/2016/09/things-to-do-gran-canaria-guayadeque-ravine
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 626 reviews

Barranco de Guayadeque

Reviewed By 7edg - London, United Kingdom

This baranco is very long. To get the most out of it I'd recommend heading to Montana de las tierras and starting out from there. We drove but saw taxis which you could pick up from aguimes. There was also evidence of a bus service, although I'd want to check the timetable before relying on them, not sure how frequent the service is.  Once you've parked up you can follow the track up for as long as you like. It gives some great views of the area you've driven through. The trail also continues on through the baranco. We only had an hour of daylight so didn't go far. But looks like you could quite happily walk carry on for plenty a mile (although obviously check a map for trails). Also on the road from aguimes to the mountain you'll see the interpretation centre for the valley. Sadly it was closed for technical reasons when were there (mid December 2019).

9. Pinar de Tamadaba

Artenara, 35350, Gran Canaria Spain +34 928 66 61 45
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Pinar de Tamadaba

Reviewed By dalinda_sanchez - Gothenburg, Sweden

This place is magical! If you are a nature lover, you should definitely go to this place. How to get there I could not find the place to start the hike from Puerto de las Nieves to Tamadaban. There was not much information online and there were no signs on the road. So I opted to go by taxi to the Area recreativa at the top of the mountain and then go back to puerto de las nieves by foot. Then I checked the exact location at puerto de las nieves to start the hike for the next time. I also thought of renting a car and go to the area regreativa, but I was happy I didn't do it. First, there are no many signs along the road that can indicate whether you are on the right direction or not. Also, you will not see many people or cars along the way in case you get lost. At times you would not know which direction to take. The taxi ride cost 50 euro from Puerto de las nieves to the Area recreative (top of the mountain where you can start the hike down or take any other hike in the neighborhood). Just in front of the church of Puerto de las Nieves, by the harbour where the restaurant starts, you will find a Taxi sign with the phone number to order a taxi. It took 2 min to get a taxi very early in the morning (around 7am). The taxi ride takes about 1h but you can just relax and enjoy the view and listen to the stories that the taxi driver will share. The driver showed me the Roque Nublo, the symbol of Gran Canaria and told me what happened with the big fired that occurred in August 2019. The taxi ride was worth every penny for enjoying the beautiful scenery and all the information provided by the taxi driver. Where to hike! Once you are in Area recreativa, go to the camping area! The taxi driver recommended this area. Most hikers go directly to the hike and miss this breathtaking spot. The scenery at the camping area is jaw-dropping. You could take some food with you and sit on the rocks amazed by the beauty of the place while enjoying the food. It is about 800m-1km from the Parking Area at the area recreativa. Then, you can go back to the Area recreativa and start the hike down to Puerto de las Nieves. There are some other routes available. I followed the route to Puerto de las Nieves. Although people said that the hike was well-marked, there were some parts with fallen signs or no signs at all. I got a bit lost once. So these are the tips not to get lost. The hiking trial is a very good road, there are some small roads along the main hiking trial but not as good as the main one. So, if you end up hiking in a very narrow, not well defined path, go back to the main road, you might have taken the wrong direction. To go to Puerto de las Nieves, you need to follow the signs for Agaete. There is a shared road that also goes to San Pedro. San Pedro is closer than Puerto de las Nieves, so follow the signs that say San Pedro or Agaete if you do not see the one to Puerto de las Nieves (the first couple of km 1or 2 only mention San Pedro or Agaete), and you will have to turn left if you go further to Puerto de las Nieves later on. There was one pole on the way that has no sign but only written with pencil the distance and direction to go to Puerto de las Nieves and San Pedro (at that stage they where still on the same shared direction), so be vigilant for that sign. I hope the signs get better maintained in the future. Anyway, I also recommend you to ask any hiker you see whether you are on the right direction, just to confirm! But Puerto de las Nieves is to the left! The hike up seems very challenging but extremely worth it! The hike down is also challenging, be careful as the road is slippery at times. The hike down took me about 3 hours because I was going slow, enjoying the view and taking lots of pics. The best is to go to the Area recreativa early so that you can enjoy the hike down during the day, I would not recommend to go there around noon or later as you might get caught in the dark if getting a bit lost on the way down.

10. Medes Islands

Spain +34 607 43 60 77 http://www.oceansub-estartit.com
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Medes Islands

A small archipelago of seven islets and coral reefs off the Costa Brava.

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