Nature in Majella National Park
Nature in Majella National Park is a unique example of mountain wilderness in the heart of the Apennine Mountains and the first certified PAN Parks Wilderness in the Mediterranean. Spectacular canyons, dense beech forest and mountain tops provide extraordinary wilderness experiences.
The vegetation of this park is remarkable as it hosts 36% of the Italian flora and 22% of the European flora. Its 2.114 flora species are distributed in more than 50 different habitats and altitudes. More than 142 of these species are found nowhere else in the world. Beech wood is predominant in the forests and often offers spectacular sceneries, like in the Wood of St. Antonio, a frequented place for visitors with majestic century-old trees.
Majella hosts over 78% of the species of mammals present in the Abruzzi region and over 45% of those present in Italy. We can find Apennine wolves, red deer, roe deer, wild cats and brown bears in the woods and the clearings of the park. The Apennine Chamois is once again the uncontested ruler of the summits. The harsh and big calcareous valleys, typical of Majella, are the ideal shelter for the Royal Eagle. This national park is a particularly significant area for the preservation of certain species, three of them being in danger of extinction in Europe and ten in danger of extinction in Italy.
Flagship species: Brown Bear, Wolf, Apennine Chamois