Despenaperros

NATURE PARK DESPEÑAPERROS
NATURE PARK DESPEÑAPERROS
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Area 12 is the Despenaperros park

The Despenaperros National Park (official website and map), is a natural mountain pass connecting Andalucia with Castilla la Mancha through the Sierra Morena. Rock structures form a dramatic landscape with vertical cliffs such as Los Organos with quartzite rock appearing as giant organ tubes.

Flora
The naturally forested areas are comprised of Gall Oak, Holm’s Oak, Cork Oak and Pyrenean Oak. Among the planted pines are Stone Pine, Maritime Pine and Aleppo Pine. Scrubland and shrubs include Rockroses, Myrtle, Wild olive and Sloe.

Fauna
Birds of prey include the Booted, Short-toed, Golden, Spanish Imperial and Bonelli´s Eagles, and Griffon Vulture.

Rarer mammals spotted are the Iberian Lynx and the Wolf. Others include Mongoose, Fox, Genet, Wild Cat, Wild Boar and Red Deer.

Province: Jaen
Status: Natural Park – 1989
Size: 8,000 hectares