Written by By Staff Writer
Despite it being a particularly busy time for Spain’s shoreline, being held up by a series of spectacular weather events , there is something for everyone to take in.
In the region of Cataluña, visitors flock to the Ventura de Monserrate , a 65-kilometer-long freshwater inland lake that is often called the “Pearl of the Basque Country” because of its pristine beauty.
It was never expected to attract all the yachties and daytrippers it is now, but manmade factors, such as the expansion of urban areas to accommodate the sea, now affect this unique recreational spot.
Southern Spain has long been one of the poorest regions of Spain, with almost 50% of people living below the poverty line.
But it was the Basque Country that was the hottest, and at the beginning of the decade the government decided to build a dam so it would no longer be flooded every summer.
In turn, that prompted increased tourism on the coast. Along with the extra influx of people to the region, there are now daily overpopulations of wildlife in this area.
Thanks to the dam and tourist development, hundreds of olive trees can now be seen, along with the number of amphibians.
Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that the huge amount of development threatens the biodiversity and that two birds are already gone — the peccary and the ochertail.
The Valley of the Missionaries, another popular area, sees the following kinds of wildlife:
Orange-mangroves (medium and black, found in woodland and coastal areas)
Spanish garter snakes
Adults of the cape, which are smaller and lighter than those of the European mainland, can put up a fight.
Also susceptible to them are others such as the Galapagos sea lions, which have more of a chance of surviving.