Baix Emporda Marshlands
(Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de Baix Emporda)

Baix Emporda Wetlands Costa Brava

The conservation area of Aiguamolls de Baix Emporda, also known as Basses d’en Coll, is located on the delta of the River D’Aro and River Ter, behind Pals beach.

It is a smaller scale version of the wetlands of Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l’Emporda.

The wetlands of Basses d’en Coll were created by the freshwater runoff from rice fields that have been cultivated in the Baix Emporda since the 15 century.

Rice is still grown in the marshes and meadows behind Pals beach today, but no need to worry about mosquitos, well, anymore than usual (the water is drained off through irrigation channels rather than being allowed to stagnate).

Baix Emporda Wetlands Costa Brava

Aiguamolls, a haven for aquatic creatures and birds, is a protected area that is concerned with conserving the dunes, lagoons and reed beds of the wetlands along side the rice cultivation of the area.

Take a walk...

There is a lovely gentle walk around this Costa Brava wetland area on one of the many National trails that criss cross the Costa Brava.

The trail that passes through Aiguamolls is the PR-C 109, clearly marked with a yellow and white stripe.

Starting from the information booth in the car park, the path eventually reaches a T-junction at the river, where you take a right and walk towards Pals beach.

Aiguamolls Baix Emporda Costa Brava

There is a hide/observation tower, soon after you turn right at the T-junction ,where you can spy on the wildlife and get a great view of the Baix Emporda.

At the end of the walk you get to the lovely windswept Platja de Pals...

Platja de Pals Costa Brava

What nature might you find in the wetlands?

  • narrow leaved ash
  • white willow
  • white poplar
  • mosquito fish
  • crayfish
  • marsh frog
  • stripeless tree frog
  • viperine snake
  • little egret
  • cattle egret
  • moorhen
  • common sandpiper
  • mallard
  • black winged stilt
  • kingfisher
  • swallow
  • water vole



Avda. Arenales de Mar, s/n, 17256, Pals


There is a small car park


There is an information booth and map/information boards in the car park, an observation tower and paths.

Opening hours

Aiguamolls is open all the time



How to get to Basses d’en Coll


Zoom in on Pals on the map below to see the numbers and names of the roads. The nearest motorway is the AP7.

From the Pals round-about on the C-31...

  • take the GIV-6502 to Massos de Pals
  • then continue on to the urbanisation of Sa Punta
  • turn left on Urbanizacion Puig Sa Guilla
  • then continue on to Urbanizacion Arenals de Mar Sector 3 (Golf Playa de Pals will be on your right)
  • after approximately 1 km you will see the car park for Basses d’en Coll on your left.
  • If you need car hire in the Costa Brava please click on this link.

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    Public Transport:

    You can take public transport to Pals and then walk.

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