The autonomous community of Catalonia is located in the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula and is a region with a distinct identity and language. This region is one of the most cosmopolitan places of Spain and forged its historical personality in the Middle Ages, when it opened itself to the Mediterranean Sea.
Catalonia is a first order tourist destination that counts on great natural resources. Its complex relief, of which stands out the natural wall of the Pyrenees to the north, gives rise to a great variety of landscapes like the Montserrat mountain or the central plain. The Mediterranean Sea is another fundamental element of the landscape, with warm beaches that bathe the Costa Brava or the Golden Coast. A National Park and other many protected natural lands show the ecological wealth of this Community.
The natural park of Delta del Ebro is the most humid zone in Catalonia. It has more than 7,500 hectares of flatlands crossed by a great river where varied kinds of birds live. And the National Park, the one of Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici, is located in the central Pyrenees, and offers landscapes and impressive natural mountain surroundings, with more than fifty glacier lakes. Another natural wonder is the lake of Bañolas with 1 km square surface and a maximum depth of 60 meters.