Spain

October 21st, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments

This country is found south west of Europe and it is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea in its eastern part; France in its North; and Portugal in its northwest ends. Spain in its history is the one of the most powerful countries and colonizers along with Portugal, on their conquest to gold, land and glory. But today, most of the colonized places in the west were removed and became independent states such as the Philippines. But amidst the reduced colony that they have, they are still considered powerful economically. Spain also shares to the world its natural wonders; ranging from caves, forests, natural reserves and waterfalls. The diversity of its flora and fauna in Spain is also a thing to be proud.

Caldera de Taburiente
This caldera is believed to be the largest crater in the planet that is caused by erosion. Its peak is about 2500 meters above sea level and its center depression is about 1200 meters in which the water from the river flows down into the sea. Geologists estimate the origin of this caldera to be about 2 million years and during that time this caldera was still an active volcano. But what’s amazing is that the destruction of the volcano was not because of a volcanic explosion but mere erosion that ran overtime until this day. Climbing and hiking is the best activity to do when one will visit this place.

La Gomera Islands
Located in the Canary Islands, specifically in the La Gomera islands, you can see a forest that is covered mostly with laurel trees. This one-of-a-kind forest possesses a wonderful aura that welcomes people to its green landscape. The mountain, Garajonay, located here reaches 1487 meters that is great for adventurers and hikers alike. And in 1986, it was already a national park in Spain. The challenging climb will be repaid with the view you will see when you are in the top, such as seeing the other four Canary Islands with a clear sky. This place has already been protected by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and is one of the World Heritage Site as proclaimed by the organization.

Timanfaya National Park
In the southern part of Tinajo, you can find the Timanfaya, which is one of Spain’s National Parks. The area is at least 50 square kilometers, with volcanic soils all over the place. It is because there were volcanic eruptions that occurred in Timanfaya during the mid 1700’s and it is still evident with the frequent geysers that are made due to the vapor pressure below the land. These geysers are what the tourists are looking for when visiting the Timanfaya National Park.

MONFRAGÜE
If you would like to take pictures on wildlife and especially on bird watching, then you should visit Monfragüe in Extremadura. This place is already touched by humans but it was not damaged so the animals, mostly birds, are staying here to breed and to feed. Some of the birds that you may find are the – heaviest flying bird, the Great Bustard; the Crested Larks, Corn Buntings, Woodchat Shrikes; and Short-toed Snake Eagles and Azure-winged Magpies. These and some more are the interesting birds that you can take a photo from and impress to your friends when you get back.

Lake Gallocanta
The largest natural lake in Spain, the Lake Gallocanta is home to almost 20,000 birds that stop over to rest and to mate. The annual migration of the Common Cranes is the most important role this lake provided, besides the habitat for many animals and plants. The Lake Gallocanta is a very good place for animal lovers and nature admirers – great landscape, sunrise and sunset, and animals’ ambience every time you stay in this place.