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Gargano National Park

Parco Nazionale del Gargano

The Gargano National Park established in 1991, is located in the north-east part of Apulia representing the mountainous area of the region: in fact in the highest part reaches 1000 meters with Mount Calvo and is covered by a large wooded area, known as the Umbra Forest. This is one of the most extensive hardwood forests of Italy; beech in some places is the dominant species, while among the animals include several kinds of woodpeckers, rare types of owls, wild cats and deers. Other added value to the park is Monte Sant’Angelo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011 known for the Sanctuary of the Archangel Michael. A rock cathedral is definitely the southern side of the promontory that rushes to the flat expanses of the Tavoliere of Apulia. Here the area is characterized by narrow passes and ravines that create a striking passage. It is also the kingdom of the great winged predators such as Egyptian vulture, the Lanner and the peregrine falcon. The promontory collects in its depths rainwater leaking by the foot of the hills, shaping the Varano and Lesina lakes. These lakes have become nature reserves where you can spot migratory birds during migration. Finally, to the park also belong the Tremiti Islands, among which St. Nicholas, the largest, San Domino and Capraia, Pianosa and Cretaccio.

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