Welcome


 

An Exceptional Geographical Setting


Whether you choose to take an improvised stroll or you prefer a longer stay full of programmed activities, it’s easy to make good use of the park.

The park has on offer a great network of facilities and programmes that allow you to get to know the park better and to enjoy everything that is available to do.

El Montnegre i el Corredor Park boasts various strategically located information and documentation centres and points, as well as numerous hiking trails, guided walks, inclusive dramatised routes, pedagogical and cultural facilities, rural accommodation, recreational and camping spaces, temporary exhibitions, publications and audiovisuals.

Workshops and environmental education activities and cultural and leisure programmes are also organised, such as Viu el parc (Live the Park) and Poesia als parcs. Lletres i paisatges (Poetry in the Parks. Words and Landscapes), which form part of the pedagogical programme Coneguem els nostres parcs (Let’s Get to Know Our Parks); a range of options for discovering and enjoying our natural environment, always in a respectful manner.

Two Sides to Biodiversity


Diverse and abundant flora and fauna.

The proximity to the sea and the thermal contrast between the shaded and sunny slopes contributes to a great variety of species.

The ecosystems of El Montegre and El Corredor are conditioned by the climate, the topography and the age-old human activity. Pine and holm oak forests containing oak trees and cork oaks predominate on the coastal side. The interior slopes, previously forested by wetter oak tree and other deciduous tree vegetation, have been traditionally replanted with chestnut trees.

This variety of different environments contributes to a diverse range of fauna. One can find Mediterranean forest species such as the common genet, the garden dormouse and the squirrel, as well as central European animals such as the beech marten, the bank vole and the woodcock. Predators, such as the short-toed snake-eagle, the buzzard, the Montpellier snake and the lizard, benefit from the presence of thousands of insects, other invertebrates, reptiles, birds of all kinds and small mammals.

Dolmens, Churches and Farmhouses


Likewise, one can find different traces of human settlements.

As an area of transit, its development has been characterised by trade and economic activity.

The La Pedra Gentil and Ca l’Arenes dolmens and the remnants of Iberian settlements in the towns around the El Vent hill and the El Castell mount are vestiges of the ancient past of these villages.

Across the whole park you can find architecturally interesting constructions such as the Sant Cristòfol church (dating back to 1025), that of Sant Martí de Montnegre (dating back to the 14th century) and the El Corredor sanctuary (designated a hermitage in the year 1544).

Subsequent agricultural colonisation is reflected in the over 200 farmhouses that adorn the landscape, among which Can Pradell de la Serra, Can Bosc and Ca l’Oller de Fuirosos are of particular note.

The Environment and Life


A great combination of nature and human activity.

Forest exploitation has been and still is the most important economic activity in these mountains.

The different forms of exploitation of this natural resource have been very diverse and have had to reinvent themselves over time. Although ancient uses such as charcoal production or the exploitation of chestnut trees to make casks and packing boxes have been abandoned, the production of cork and the use of holm oaks, pine nuts from stone pines and wood from riparian forests as firewood, is still undertaken. The high demand for biomass as a renewable energy source has stimulated forestry in recent years. Various flocks of sheep and herds of goats also take advantage of the forest and in turn help maintain the few open spaces, which are of vital importance for conservation purposes and for the prevention of fires.

In order to meet the demand for cultural, educational and recreational services, various farmhouses have been converted into pedagogical facilities, rural tourism centres and restaurants. Some of these take part in the programme Parc a taula (Park at the Table), which allows one to enjoy the best cuisine made with produce from the local area.

Making the Most Out of It


Whether you choose to take an improvised stroll or you prefer a longer stay full of programmed activities, it’s easy to make good use of the park.

The park has on offer a great network of facilities and programmes that allow you to get to know the park better and to enjoy everything that is available to do.

El Montnegre i el Corredor Park boasts various strategically located information and documentation centres and points, as well as numerous hiking trails, guided walks, inclusive dramatised routes, pedagogical and cultural facilities, rural accommodation, recreational and camping spaces, temporary exhibitions, publications and audiovisuals.

Workshops and environmental education activities and cultural and leisure programmes are also organised, such as Viu el parc (Live the Park) and Poesia als parcs. Lletres i paisatges (Poetry in the Parks. Words and Landscapes), which form part of the pedagogical programme Coneguem els nostres parcs (Let’s Get to Know Our Parks); a range of options for discovering and enjoying our natural environment, always in a respectful manner.

Activities


Excursions

The gentle landscape, fair weather and great scenic contrasts of these regions provide some very appealing reasons for walking in the park. Public transport (railway and bus) provides access to the start and finish of a large number of walks. If you are travelling by car, the roads and main tracks that cross both massifs visit some very interesting spots.
 
The most striking walks are the three long-distance trails, generally known as GRs (gran recorregut in Catalan), which cross the park. The GR 5 makes its way crosswise through the park from the shady slopes of Montnegre to the Canet de Mar cross and passes through Sant Martí de Montnegre and Sant Iscle de Vallalta. The GR 92 runs lengthways from the town of Tordera to Sant Martí de Montnegre, descends to Vallgorguina and continues to the shrine of El Corredor and Can Bordoi. The GR 83, known as the Northern or Canigó Route, retraces the route into exile and crosses the park from south to north from Mataró to Breda. The three trails are clearly signposted with the distinctive red and white markings of the GR paths. Visitors who wish to take shorter hikes can take the signposted trails that leave from numerous facilities in the park.
 
Complete itineraries information may be found at itineraries on foot which may be consulted on the Internet.
 
Services for leisure
 
The park offers a network of public and private amenities for leisure activities. Visitors can take meals and meet in the open air in areas such the El Corredor or Hortsavinyà recreational areas, which are designated for this purpose.
 
Numerous restaurants in surrounding towns offer a varied menu of Catalan meat and fish cuisine. There are also establishments within the park that serve dishes that include the region´s typical chargrilled meat and diverse homemade meals.
 
Remember that it is strictly forbidden to make fires, including barbecues, anywhere in the park, except at the sites provided for cooking food. The park´s wardens and information centre staff can help you to find the best places for any type of pursuit.
 
This information may be found in greater detail and updated at Park Agenda which may be consulted on the Internet.
 
Architectural Heritage
 
Due to their relief, both El Maresme and El Vallès Oriental have been transit zones since ancient times. This has encouraged exchange, which has consolidated settlement and business and characterised the region's development. Although human settlement dates back to ancient times throughout the region, it developed in very different ways on the coastal plain, in the mountain ranges and in the inland valleys. The population initially settled in the valleys of the coastal range, on sites that very often formed the original nuclei of the coastal towns, the first docklands, which started gaining independence around the sixteenth century but were not consolidated until the eighteenth century because of the threat of piracy. Scattered settlement on the massif is also typical of the zone because water was relatively easy to come by.
 
The dolmens of Pedra Gentil (near Vallgorguina), of Ca l'Arenes (Dosrius) and of Pedra Arca (between Llinars del Vallès and Vilalba Sasserra), and remains of Iberian settlements at Turó del Vent and Puig del Castell (between Can Bordoi and El Far) are evidence that this settlement dates from far back in time. Near the main track that runs from Can Bordoi to near Vallgorguina there are some architecturally interesting buildings, such as the church of Sant Cristòfol beside Can Bordoi, records of which date from 1025 and which was reconstructed in the early twentieth century, and Can Bordoi itself, which was documented in the eighth century. The church of Sant Andreu del Far, which was given the name of Bonaconjunta in 1164, lies further along. The sanctuary of El Corredor, designated as a hermitage in 1544 and subsequently rebuilt in late Gothic style, is at the highest point of this sector.
 
Traces of religious architecture, such as the chapel of Llorita (sixteenth century) and the pre-Romanesque church of Sant Martí de Mata, which was restored in the sixteenth century, are also to be found on the slopes nearest the sea. In the Montnegre region, human settlements are more common on the lower slopes of the range, as the relief is considerably more rugged than around El Corredor.
 
It generally features old parishes, isolated due to the lack of good road links. The parishes of Fuirosos, Ramió, Vallmanya and Hortsavinyà are particularly significant. There are also chapels at relatively high locations such as Santa Maria, Sant Martí and L´Erola, and the ruins of the ancient monastery of Roca-rossa. Closer to the sea are some noteworthy buildings such as the castle of Montpalau, the church of Sant Pere de Riu and the Roman aqueduct on Passeig d'Hortsavinyà, near Pineda de Mar.

Information


Park Office in Vallgorguina. Technical enquiries.

Església, 13, 2°
08470 Vallgorguina
Tel. +34938 679 452
Fax +34938 679 092
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9 am to 1 pm.

Access


Facilities and services


Recommendations


 
  • Respect agricultural and stockbreeding activities, as they provide the livelihood of many of the park's inhabitants.
  • Use the network of signposted tracks and paths. Remember that the maximum speed is 30 km/h. Travel in vehicles and on bicycles and horseback off public roads and tracks is not allowed. Do not park in front of the chains preventing access to certain tracks.
  • Enjoy the park while respecting the diversity of the natural and architectural heritage.
  • Human presence and activity in Montnegre and El Corredor have left a host of architecture and art over the ages: churches, castles, farmsteads, paths, crop borders, etc. all of which represent a highly valuable cultural heritage that we must conserve.
  • Rational use of the forest is one of the most traditional economic activities on the massif. Tree felling is regulated by the Forestry Act of Catalonia and the park regulations.
  • El Montnegre i el Corredor Park is an ideal place for open-air activities and sport. For your safety, take the precautions appropriate for the activity you intend to undertake.
  • Respect nature and the peacefulness of the park, particularly in nesting areas. Avoid making unnecessary noise.
  • Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is a rare tree that provides food and shelter for many species of animals. It is protected and therefore collecting either the tree or its parts are punishable by law.
  • Hunting on the massif is controlled to maintain the zone´s characteristic fauna.
  • Abandoning pets and exotic species is cruel and punishable by law.
  • Remember that burning branches and other materials, setting off fireworks, lighting fires on the ground and barbecues on forest land and in a radius of 500 metres are expressly forbidden (except at the time of year when permitted by law and upon prior authorisation from the competent body).
  • Do not leave litter. Use the bins and containers in the park or in nearby villages.
  • No wilderness camping, including camper vans, of any kind is permitted If you wish to camp, you must have a permit; The town councils will inform you of how to obtain one.
  • If you collect wild mushrooms or medicinal herbs, do not damage the forest by using tools or digging in the earth.