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NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

Photography: Alca Films

To get to know Les Valls del Comapedrosa Communal Natural Park and, in particular, all its natural and cultural heritage, we recommend you to take a look at the documentary Un any al Comapedrosa, (One year in the Comapedrosarecorded) by the technical team of the protected open space, for educational purposes, between 21 December 2010 and 5 October 2011.

Heather


Photography: Jaume Riba

The rugged relief and the high altitude are associated to a typical high mountain climate in a mild climate zone, characterised by cold winters and relatively hot summers, in which the average seasonal maximum rainfall is concentrated..
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Hydrologie


Photography: Jordi Nicolau - BIOCOM

The park is part of the hydrographic network of the valley of Arinsal, and the main watercourse is the River Pollós, which is born as the result of the various rivers and streams that flow down from the high mountain (mainly the River Comapedrosa and the River Pla de l’Estany).
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Photography: Jaume Riba

Geology and geomorphology
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Flora


Photography: Jaume Riba

The "Catàleg de flora vascular del parc" includes some 700 taxa, some of which have not been found in any other area of Andorra.
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Wildlife


Photography: Jaume Riba

The catalogue of vertebrate wildlife in the park is made up of more than 140 species, including some threatened species and/or species that are endemic to the Pyrenees. The genuine protagonist is the Aurelio’s rock lizard, a small Sauria that is exclusive to a highly reduced area.
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Habitats


Photography: Jaume Riba

The park has biogeographical features belonging to two of the large Western European regions: Boreo-alpine and Euro-Siberian. Three stages of plant life can be differentiated, from the lower levels to the higher levels: montane, subalpine and alpine.
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Uses of the soil and landscape


Photography: Jaume Riba

The park has an important rocky and rocky deck because it is a high mountain area. The forest areas are relegated to the bottom of the valley and to the lowest levels of the slopes. The meadows and herbassars extend along the plains of Comapedrosa and the Pla de l'Estany and the pastures of the Sources.
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Culture and tradition


Photography: Jaume Riba

The main cultural features of the park correspond to constructions linked to traditional farming and paths.
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The altitudinal gradient of the park

from 1,500 m above sea level

to 2,942 m at the Alt de Comapedrosa peak