Natural Environment in Orellana la Vieja

The declarations of quality and protection that endorse the natural and tourist interest of the territory are piled up in the Sierra de Pela and Embalse de Orellana area: Natura 2000 Network, L.I.C. (Site of Community Interest), Z.E.P.A. (Special Protection Area for Birds), Z.I.R. (Area of Regional Interest), Ramsar Wetland, Blue Flag Beach …

The environment of this territory is explained with these marks. From different points of view, they represent a natural heritage that we must preserve, and their international relevance makes us a reference of a society that is increasingly aware of the importance of conservation, giving priority to the maintenance of these spaces with important aids.

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There are not many places like this in Europe, where nature enjoys and develops in all its splendor. This variety is recast in a small space that we almost embrace with our eyes. A strip of land that descends from the peaks of the southern face of the Sierra de Pela to the Guadiana River.
From hard and gray quartzite cliffs to a very rich fertile plain next to the river, in the middle are the steep slopes of red earth and soft soil peneplains that are among the most fertile in Spain.
In the past there was a lot of cereal, some olive trees and a lot of orchards in the fertile valley of the river, also sheep and goats mainly; mining had its moments with iron, lead and silver exploitations.
Today things have changed a lot: olive trees and irrigated fruit trees abound. Trees take advantage of the sun, such as the solar thermal plant installed near the village. The orchard disappeared with the swamp, livestock is almost nonexistent and tourism is occupying more and more people who are seeing the opportunity they have in their hands.
It remains to take advantage of the many environmental quality marks, which can result in the improvement of ecosystems and bring new income to the population, especially farmers and ranchers.