Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà Fígols i Alinyà
Great scenery and shelter flagship species like chamois or grouse, Espai d'Alinyà Natura Muntanya is located in the Catalan Pre-Pyrenees, the only region of Europe where they nest and are easily observed four species of vultures living on the Old Continent: common vulture, bearded, Franciscan and vulture vulture.
Among the Sierra del Cadi and the Segre River, Espai d'Alinyà Muntanya Natura is the largest private estate in Catalonia. Its more than 5,000 ha, between 500 and 2,380 m in height, and its hilly give you a superlative variety of environments. Pastures, rivers, forests, mountains, cliffs and crags are a set of exceptional ecological and landscape, where the great Pyrenean fauna living in harmony with the local population.
Next to the church is Alinyà the visitor center that houses Mountain specializes in local produce as well as an exhibition space of the most significant aspects of the valley farm shop. The Rectory (Visitor Center-Agrotienda): You open on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and throughout August 10-14 h and 16-18 h.No miss it! Come and discover the amazing secrets of living Mountains.
In the mountains of Alinyà can also take guided tours to learn about a black vulture a bearded vulture or outputs. These activities, unique offer in Catalonia, which combines various aspects such as hiking, landscape, observation and knowledge, aim to disseminate and raise awareness of carrion birds and the enhancement of the natural heritage as an asset for development Local economic development of the Pyrenean regions.
No you can not miss...
The Rectory. Next to the church is open Alinyà this visitor center Alinyà mountain that houses a specialized local produce as well as an exhibition space of the most significant aspects of the valley farm shop.
The viewpoint of vultures. Mirador directed towards the area where typically found common vultures and black in the valley. You can also observe ospreys and owls, plus the golden eagle, crows, kites and other raptors.
The views from Santa Pelaia. From this Romanesque chapel, located 1,262 meters above sea level, magnificent views of the valley are obtained. From there you have a good picture of Rock Pena (1,921 m), which is the most characteristic mountain Alinyà geological formation (a perfect anticline). In the chapel of Santa Pelaia a crowded meeting is held on the second Saturday before Easter, with residents of all villages in the valley and Oliana, Fígols and Organyà.
The survival of rural life. The people of the mountain of Alinyà have maintained traditional mountain activities in this area, such as ranching of cows and sheep and potato crops buffet, a very popular variety grown in altitude fields and locally called trumfos. These activities are perfectly compatible with the conservation objectives, and we must preserve and enhance them.
The sources. Linked forever to agricultural, livestock and forestry and resting places for hikers, sources represent a valuable asset. The mountain has two important sources Alinyà with a hearty and maintained flow: Aiguaneix font and font of Codonyes.
Visit throughout the seasons
A Alinyà summer can be dry and very hot, and slightly cooler in height, and mountain full of young birds born in the spring. It is also the time when you can see the chamois, with small that recently born.
In autumn yellow oak, poplar and ash trees, the leaves turn brownish and are awaiting the onslaught of wind that makes them fall. The chamois begin the ritual player again. It is also the period of agriculturally intense year, when the potatoes are harvested and stored buried in the ground until next year.
With the arrival of cold and the first snows of winter, vegetation enters torpor and osprey starts laying. It is also the time when the insects disappear and some of the birds have nested on the mountain moving toward more benign climates.
Spring comes early to the valleys and moves with altitude, covering flower meadows and pastures. The rain and snowmelt streams down cause full. It is also the period when the oaks and other deciduous trees begin regrowth and the time most of the animals start playback. These include the capercaillie, which makes the courtship in the gloom of the subalpine forests.
Did you know...
The wealth of natural resources such as forests and pastures, has provided a conducive since ancient human communities that populate this territory since prehistoric times, some 4,500 years ago environment.
The PAS (supplementary feeding points) of the reserve are the first in Europe to feed the four vultures continent: the vulture, the griffon vulture, the black vulture and the bearded vulture.
The constructions of medium dry stone buried you find in various places in the valley are called "holes trumfos" and are aimed at the conservation and storage of potatoes, especially the variety of the buffet. They are circular, excavated walls and dome stone is covered with earth and englevada, and is accessed by a single opening at ground level, just for passage of a person lying. The average capacity of the holes equals seventy sacks of potatoes. We find them located in the same fields, and mountain Alinyà we can see hundreds.