Parc Serralada Litoral
Consorci del Parc Serralada Litoral Avenida Onze de Setembre, 53, 1r 08349 – Cabrera de Mar, Cabrera de Mar, Catalunya
Phone: +34 93 754 00 24 - Fax: +34 93 754 00 22
Surface: 4.697 ha - Population: 2 millions residents
Number of municipalities:
Parc Serralada Litoral
The Serralada Coastal Park is located in the central sector of the Catalan cordillera, northeast of Barcelona. Its natural boundaries are the Besós and Argentona rivers. The two largest nearby communes are Mataró and Granollers. The fact that this park is located next to the Barcelona metropolitan area, which is densely populated, makes it very popular with visitors. Pine and oak forests cover most of its territory.
The Serralada Coastal Park "Consortium" manages this park. It is made up of 14 municipalities, Maresme and Eastern Vallès councils, and the Council of Barcelona.
We have the following goals: preserving natural and cultural heritage, favouring the rural and agricultural sector, which is still present encouraging environmental education, and controlling public use. But our main challenge is making the public's growing demand for leisure activities compatible with preserving natural species.
The park has typically Mediterranean flora and fauna. Man's centuries-old presence has created a landscape with a mosaic of communities found amongst forests, damp vegetation in the shadier valleys, cultivations, dry meadows, and thickets.
However, two landscape entities correspond to the massif's sides: better preserved oak groves, in the inner part, and pine forests on the sunnier Mediterranean side.
The diverse habitats are home to a variety of fauna, including many birds (mostly migratory), mammals (squirrels, boars), reptiles such as the eyed lizard, and amphibians including the common toad.
The park's landscape is characterised by its granite subsoil.
Since prehistoric times, man has been present on this territory, which has a wealth of archaeological ruins. Dolmens, numerous caves, Iberian villages, Romanesque hermitages, medieval châteaux, and seigniorial homes form a unique heritage for visitors.
The majority of the park's activities are related to leisure: hiking, bicycle trails, horse riding, rock climbing, camping.
They are organised by associations or individuals.
The park is in charge of environmental education projects. A travelling exhibition passes among the park's municipalities. Many popular festivals are organised each year. The park carries out specific educational activities, with guided tours and outings organised for the general public.