Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park
L’Estartit is located at the heart of three different landscapes that together form the Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park. Thanks to this privileged location, visitors to L’Estartit can enjoy the great diversity of natural spaces, species, habitats, towns and activities available here.
The Medes Islands archipelago is made up of seven islets blessed with enormous natural beauty that is unique in Catalonia. Highlights include its coralline walls, posidonia (or Neptune grass) meadow, underwater coves and tunnels. Diving is one of the main activities in the Medes Islands Nature Reserve and it is regulated to protect this area and the Montgrí coast. This is also an ideal location for practicing other sports such as snorkelling, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle surfing or enjoying a relaxing sailing trip on one of the boats that come and go from L’Estartit’s leisure harbour.
The Baix Ter wetlands are a system of marshes created by the confluence of the Ter and the Daró rivers and the sea. Visitors can explore this area on one of the hiking, cycling and mountain bike routes that crisscross the entire Costa Brava and combine this with other sports or nature activities. It is possible to enjoy excursions on foot or by bicycle with different levels of difficulty, routes on horseback, flights in an ultralight aircraft or hot-air balloon or sailing trips and nautical and underwater activities.
The Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park offers visitors 18 signposted routes to discover the area. There are spaces that can be explored on foot or by bicycle, over plains and mountains, with signposted paths of varying levels of difficulty and length. There is also a network of routes that links the area’s different towns, places of natural and cultural interest, and scenic routes which even allow you to travel from the Pyrenees to the sea, passing through the Costa Brava’s most charming spots: the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà and Cap de Creus Natural Parks, through the Pirinexus cycle-tourism network, the Ter Route, the GR-92 trail and the network of routes to follow on foot, by bicycle and car.
Discover the Montgrí coast, from L’Escala to L’Estartit, stroll along the fine sandy beaches between L’Estartit and Pals which separate the sea from the nearby wetlands and marshes with their brackish waters. Do not miss the continental dune, the ‘forest island’ in the middle of the limestone massif, with some outstanding geological and biological features. Take the opportunity to dive at the Medes Islands and on the Montgrí coast and stop to admire the natural viewpoints dotted around the park, particularly at the castle and Roca Maura, to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the patchwork of fields that surrounds the park and the final stretch of the River Ter, which is what allows us to offer you our Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh local produce: apples, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, courgettes, etc.