Sierra de Cebollera Natural Park
Sierra de Cebollera Natural Park (Sierra de Cebollera) is located 50 km south of Logroño, in the Cameros area. This beautiful park, the first protected area in La Rioja, extends over more than 23,000 hectares. It includes a wide range of animal and plant species, including extensive forest areas in an excellent state of conservation. The numerous examples of glacier reliefs are one of the most representative on the peninsula.
The nature park is therefore beautiful for walkers.
The vast wild areas of the natural park include specimens of the Pinus sylvestis, Quercus petraea, Pinus uncinata, beech, oak as well as birch, holm oak, pine and holly. You can find copies of the Ulmus glabra, limes, maple trees, elm trees, yew trees and ash trees throughout the park.
Sierra Cebollera has a rich fauna including birds of prey such as hawks, sparrowhawks, falcons, specimens of the Buteo buteo, and eagles (Circaëtus gallicus, Hieraëtus pennatus) and owls (Strix aluco). The higher parts of the park are the habitat of partridges (Perdix perdix).
In this part of the park, is a variety of mammals, foxes, wild boars, deer, squirrels and feral cats. The rivers are the home of otters and the Galemys pyrenaicus.
In Villoslada, a nearby municipality is the Centro de Interpretación del Parque Natural. This visitor centre offers audiovisual materials and educational activities about the natural resources of the area. In San Andrés, there is an exhibition of the traditional tools and instruments used by the residents of the Cameros area, where the Sierra Cebollera is.
You will find the visitor centre in Villoslada de Cameros. At the crossroads of the road to Montenegro and which goes to the Hermitage of Lomos de Orio.
It has an exhibition entitled “Sierra de Cebollera: Atlantic Refuge in a Mediterranean World”, which shows the unique environmental values of this park. With special attention to the natural environment (relief, flora, fauna, etc.), as well as the enormous biodiversity that is present in the different ecosystems that are part of the nature park.
The Park is just one of the very best-preserved regions regarding fauna. Mainly its excellent woodland areas are worried.
The park is bordered by the central hills of the Northern Iberian Range Of Mountains, in the region of Cameros, on the border of the province of Soria. In this safeguarded space, there are some of the very best instances of forests in the Iberian Mountain Range.
One of the most impressive natural woodlands is of wild yearn, beech and Pyrenean oak groves. Also, various other more exceptional types such as birches, forests of white oak, mountain holm oak groves and also connected pine are present.
Lime trees, maple trees, service trees, whitebeams, hill elms, yew trees, trembling aspen and even ash trees likewise appear.
Among the creatures, it deserves stating species such as the fox, wild boar, deer, squirrel and also mountain cat in the woodlands, and otter and also Pyrenean muskat in the rivers.
There are numerous types of forest predators:
- the goshawk
- the sparrowhawk
- the honey buzzard
- the booted eagle
- the common buzzard
- the short-toed eagle
You can also observe nighttime birds. You may spot the long-eared owl and a tawny owl. The sierra is thought to be a location of global significance for the flow of migratory birds.
Sierra de Cebollera Natural Park Tour
The tour will take you from the high peaks of the mountains to the bottom of the valley. Here you can discover the remains of glaciers and the diversity of flora and fauna in the Sierra de Cebollera.
The Visitor Centre has an audiovisual area. It gives you much to see over the Iregua River.