The Sierra de la Albera is the name given to the eastern section of the Pyrenees, from the neck of Le Perthus to the Mediterranean Sea. It separates the great plains of the Alt Empordà and Rosselló and its crest is the actual French-Spanish border. It is about 25 km long. On the south side of the massif of Albera are two distinct zones: the west, with characteristically Central European vegetation, of beech and oak and where you will find the last Albera cows, a native domestic race; and the east, which is more Mediterranean, with cork oak vegetation and scrubland and where the last populations of Mediterranean tortoise remain. With this in mind, we recommend a visit to the tortoise breeding center in Garriguella.
(The information centre of the natural park is available in the town of Espolla)