Natural Parks in the Cinque Terre and La Spezia area
Not only the Cinque Terre and its marine reserve, but a lot of green space and many opportunities to experience nature: are the regional and national nature parks included in the territory of La Spezia, often all to be discovered for those who live here.
The territory of La Spezia includes one national park , two regional parks , four RN2000 protected areas. Overall, about 20,000 hectares of territory where you can find a varied natural landscape biodiversity.
But what are these territories, and how can we enjoy them at their best? Even La Spezia people often barely know the natural beauty surrounding them, and the many opportunities to live them. Let’s find out together!
The Cinque Terre National Park has been added to the list of the world’s environmental and cultural heritage of UNESCO sites to preserve for the characteristic medieval hamlets built on the coast overlooking the sea, for the network of thousands of kilometers of dry stone walls that surround the vineyards and the characteristic jagged coastline dotted with numerous coves of great beauty.
In addition to the five villages that give the name to the entire area, there are many points of historical and natural interest, such as churches, observation points, beaches.
Its Protected Marine Area of the Cinque Terre, which is also part of the Unesco World Heritage Site, protects emerged and underwater territory of the Cinque Terre which are habitat of many species of marine life less common in other areas of the Mediterranean.
The Regional Park of Porto Venere is on the end of the gulf of La Spezia and includes the village of Portovenere and the surrounding area, and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Overall, a unique view of urbanization in which nature continues to be the dominant part: the church that rises from the rock on which the crashing waves of the sea, the vegetation surrounding the town, the characteristic “facades” of colorful houses facing the sea, and almost completely uninhabited islands, natural habitat of several protected species.
The Monte Marcello Regional Park is located on the opposite side of the Gulf of Spezia, and is crossed by the river Magra in the last part of its course, in a wide area of natural interest where the river and sea environments meet in a mix of various breathtaking natural landscapes, a varied vegetation and many small villages set in valleys. Are plenty of opportunities to experience nature in this large natural area with horseback riding, excursions and othe Parks’ initiatives.
The Natura 2000 network is an instrument of European Union policy for the conservation of biodiversity and to ensure the maintenance of natural habitats and species of flora and fauna threatened or rare in the EU. In the territory of La Spezia, we have four marinas and emerged areas of the Natura 2000 network: the coast between Riomaggiore and Monterosso, the depths of Punta Mesco in Riomaggiore, the area between Portovenere, Riomaggiore and S. Benedetto and Punta Mesco.
Finally, the Protected Area of the Oasis of Arcola add to this broad panorama of natural beauty: managed by the Lipu, it has a reception and observation area for some species of birds that are found to transit in the of the flat floodplain area and forest near the village of Arcola.