Cap de Creus Natural Park
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.
Inside the Parc, there are two integral land reserves, which evidently protect the most valued parts: the Creus cape point (with the mythical Creus cape lighthouse, where the film The Light at the Edge of the World (1971) by Kevin Billington was filmed), and Norfeu cape, a place of exceptional geological and biological marvels, where even recently traces of volcanic activity from 10 million years ago have been discovered.
With regards to the marine part, three areas of great underwater splendour are protected: Gros cape, Creus cape point (where the northern part of s'Encalladora island is protected in its entirety) and Norfeu cape.
The spectacular geological outcrops are one of most significant features of the Parc Natural, with its complicated and beautiful forms which often cause the visitor's imagination to get carried away. One sees images of real or mythical animals in the area (lions, dragons, camels, eagles, cats, rats...), despite the fact that it is the wind and the sea, and not the Gods, which have gone on shaping the geological landscape of the Creus cape right up to the present day with their incessant activity begun thousands of years ago.
For nature lovers, the territory of the Creus cape has great floral diversity, notable for its endemic species such as Saxifrage (Seseli altum subsp. farrenyii) or Statice (Limonium geronense), although we mustn't forget the presence of Tree Spurge (Euphorbia dendroides) or Goat's Thorn (Astragalus massiliensis), or attractive sub-aquatic species such as Neptune Grass (Posidonia oceanica).
With regards to the fauna, neither can one avoid the great quantity of important species, such as the Stripeless Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis), the European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) and the Dusky Perch (Epinephelus guaza).
Within the boundaries of the Park, a wide variety of activities can be enjoyed, but the most popular are diving and hiking. There are many possibilities for hikers, thanks to the rich historical heritage and the archaeological sites present here, both on land and underwater.
Another option is to follow the Long-Distance Trails (GR's), which offer the visitor a global vision of the park. The GR-11 reaches Llançà from the Albera Hills and finishes at the lighthouse of the Cap de Creus, passing by the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. The GR-92 passes through practically all of the municipalities of the park (Llançà, El Port de la Selva, Cadaqués, Roses, Palau-saverdera and Pau) and finally links up with the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park.
Information Offices of the Park:
Palau de l'Abat Monestir de Sant Pere de Rodes 17489 El Port de la Selva | T. 972 193 191 | F. 972 193 192
Mas des Caials 17488 Cadaqués | T. 972 159 111