At the very heart of the Costa Brava we find the Natural Park of Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter, a park characterized by its diversity.
The protected land area of the park (6185 ha) covers the municipalities of Torroella de Montgrí, Pals, Bellcaire d’Empordà, l’Escala, Palau-Sator, Ullà, Fontanilles and Gualta. It has historical and cultural values that begin in prehistoric times, when the massif was used as a habitat and burial area, becoming a testimony to the settlements of the Roman period, it also became a foundation for the fortifications of the churches and hermitages in medieval times, and was fortified during the modern period.
Human activity in the park has always been present due to the presence of its resources, the rock of the limestone massif, the water supply in the cone-shaped area of the Ter river plain and the strategic location of the elevated land next to the coastline.
Together with the protected maritime area (2037 ha), they form the different landscape features of the park, providing the basis for the great variety of environments, extraordinary biodiversity and natural heritage that they contain.
The Medallot, the Meda Gran, the Meda Petita, the Ferranelles, the Tascó Gros, the Tascó Petit and the Carall Bernat.
The protection of the islands began in 1983 with an Order of the Government of Catalonia prohibiting fishing and the extraction of living marine resources. In 1990 the protection was extended to include a legal framework for the protection and conservation of the fauna and flora of the Medes Islands seabed and part of the Montgrí coast, between Molinet and Punta Salines. This meant that it is now one of the most important marine areas in the Mediterranean. Afterwards, in 1992, the protection of the Montgrí massif and the emerged part of the Medes Islands became effective.
Later, in 2000, the definitive protection zone was delimited, the Medes was included as an area of special interest in the Mediterranean, and the guiding plan for the use and management of the protected area (PRUG) was approved.
Finally, the Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park was created by law in 2010, with the main objective of unifying the protection regulations of the three areas that make up the natural park (Montgrí Massif, Medes Islands and Baix Ter). The law declares the Medes Islands, the Montgrí massif and its maritime environment as well as the Baix Ter coastline as a Natural Park.
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