L’Albera natural area of national interest was created on 10th March 1986 and consists of two parts: the western area (Requesens – Baussitges), which is more heavily forested, and a dryer, lower area (Sant Quirze de Colera – Balmeta), where bushes and scrub predominate. It covers a total area of 4,108 hectares.
In terms of wildlife, mention should be made of an emblematic species, Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni), as it is only here, together with Cap de Creus and the Garraf area, where these animals have been successfully reintroduced. L’Albera tortoise breeding centre is next to the chapel of La Mare de Déu del Camp (Garriguella). It was set up to breed and conserve Hermann’s tortoise.
L’Albera hills have one of the most important clusters of megalithic structures in Catalonia, with 110 dolmens, 19 standing stones, 7 cist burials and a neolithic settlement). It also boasts a rich heritage of Romanesque art in the form of small chapels, churches and monasteries. The most outstanding site is the former Benedictine monastery of Sant Quirze de Colera, dating from the 10th century. Also within the nature park are the remains of several 14th and 15th-century castles.
The park takes in the following municipalities: Llançà, Colera, Portbou, Cantallops, Vilamaniscle and Garriguella.
This area of natural interest is about 45 minutes’ drive from the campsite.