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 representatives 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, 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 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 centre also has an audiovisual area with much to see over the Iregua River.