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Estany de Sils – Sils Lake 1hr approx from Sitges

Estany de Sils – Sils Lake 1hr approx from Sitges

Nature, culture & history

Natural protected area with ecosystem inhabited by birds and native flora

La Selva, near Girona, Catalonia 118 km, 1 hour 15 mins from Sitges via AP-7

Next to the village of Sills

  • Was a lagoon/ancient 7 km² lake in 19th century
  • Drained in fight against Malaria
  • Was largest natural lake in Catalunya
  • Now cropland, wetlands
  • Diverse species of flora and fauna
  • Tectonic depression without natural drainage
  • Fed by Vallcanera, Caldes, Pins, Rec Clar and la Torderola
  • Many species of birds
  • Mediterranean Painted Frog, the Palmate Newt, the European pond terrapin and the small snake Natrix Maura

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Sils,_Catalonia

The LIFE – Nature project “Restoration and management of L’Estany de Sils”, promoted by Sils Town Council and Acciónatura in 1998, was based on four main actions:

  • Acquisition of private land
  • Regeneration of a permanent lagoon
  • Management and recovery of swath meadows, wetland plant life and riverside woodland
  • Adapting itineraries and viewpoints for public use

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