SPRING: ASPARAGUS, ORCHIDS AND SWALLOWS
As the days become longer and the breezes become warmer, new life comes to the olive groves, before turning its attention to the mountain ranges. Come and experience, with all your senses, the joys of a natural park attired in green from top to bottom, where vibrant waters create and nourish landscapes that are bursting with energy.
Tantalise your olfactory system with the scent of flowers and pine trees and the warm, wet smell of the land; treat your ears to the whisper of newly sprouted leaves on the trees moving in the breeze, the rushing of fresh water in streams and springs and the symphony of birdsong during mating season; awaken your sense of touch with the silkiness of fresh grass; delight your taste buds with the flavours of wild spring asparagus and mushrooms; and let your eyes feast on abundant landscapes garlanded with red, white, yellow and mauve flowers.
In the lower areas the open ground is covered with poppies, the spines of the broom are hidden beneath a blanket of sweet-smelling yellow flowers and the cistus bursts forth in an avalanche of white and pink petals. In the mountains, violets shyly proffer their subtle perfumes while the enormous fuchsia-coloured flowers of the peony plant will capture your gaze. Honeysuckle, irises and orchids (of which no fewer than 52 of the 80 species native to the Iberian Peninsula can be found in the park) compete to see whose flowers are the most intricately designed, whilst ferns unfold their fronds and walnut trees, maples, elms and oaks don robes of green.
Such an abundance of pollen and nectar ensures an ever-present buzz from a plethora of insects, feasting, before they themselves are feasted on by the birds. Amongst the many species of butterfly and moth that can be contemplated, attention should be drawn to the Spanish moon moth, a rare and beautiful inhabitant of the forests of Corsican pine and one of the largest European moths.