In addition to its beautiful coastline, part of which is still totally unspoilt, and the charming countryside found in the Empordà Plain, the Girona region has magnificent natural parks and protected open spaces. It is highly recommended to visit the Cap de Creus Maritime-Terrestrial Natural Park, which is steep and abrupt; as well as the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park, a wetland that is exceptional for birdwatching; and the Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park which is well known for nautical sports, in particular scuba-diving. A little further inland from the Costa Brava, there is the Garrotxa Volcanic Area Natural Park which has some 40 volcanic cones and more than 20 lava flows.
On the Costa Brava, you will be able to enjoy four extremely beautiful botanical gardens, all of which combine the exuberance of carefully landscaped flowers and plants with architectural and artistic features and impressive sea views. Marimurtra Botanical Garden sits on the cliffs to the north of Blanes, with more than four thousand species and spectacular views over the sea. Not far away, there is the Pinya de Rosa Tropical Garden, which is notable for its impressive collection of succulent plants and cacti. A little further north are the Gardens of Santa Clotilde, in Lloret de Mar, inspired by the Italian Renaissance; the sea can be glimpsed between its paths, terraces and staircases surrounded by cypress trees, creating unique scenes. Finally, Cap Roig Botanical Garden in Calella de Palafrugell, overflowing with flowering plants, which captivates with its exceptional range of colours.
The coastal paths follow the coastline of the Costa Brava from Blanes to Portbou. Very well signposted, there are different levels of difficulty, whether you want to take a quiet stroll or more intense hikes, but all of them offer the pleasure of walking along the sea line discovering small bays and remote beaches. The coastal paths offer access to places of great landscape value, a new, pleasurable use of paths that were originally for controlling smuggling along the Girona coastline.