While it is true that the majesty of Malgrat’s material heritage is a treasure created by man, the natural heritage of Malgrat is a privilege of incalculable value that seems made for human contemplation and enjoyment. Malgrat de Mar has different spaces where nature is the protagonist and in this post we will mention three: the Pla de Grau, the Tordera Delta and the Conca Beach.
The Pla de Grau of Malgrat de Mar, is a large protected agricultural area of about 400 hectares, where garden products are grown and marketed through the Cooperativa Agrícola Progres-Garbí, located within the municipality of Malgrat de Mar. The most common garden products that we can find are potatoes, lettuce, tomato, tender bean, endive or fesol del ganxet (ganxet bean). Precisely, it is the latter, the endive and the fesol del ganxet, which have become the most important products from Pla de Grau to Malgrat. The Fesol del ganxet was considered as a product with protected designation of origin (PDO). Most of the production is sold directly to markets and restaurants. Regarding endive, the other star product of the Malgrat orchard in the Pla de Grau, about 4 million a year are exported to the French market mainly.
The Delta del Tordera in Malgrat de Mar, is a protected area that marks the end of the city of Malgrat and the beginning of Blanes, and that forms a lagoon isolated from the sea with a privileged beauty. The Tordera River, which rises at 1100 meters and runs 61 km to reach the sea, offers a natural spectacle in its final stretch forming a Delta with a high ecological value, habitat of very diverse species, and flowing into the Mediterranean Sea , bewitching those who contemplate it. The flora of the Tordera Delta includes reeds and certain riverside trees such as poplars, elms, willows, robinias or alders. The fauna of the Tordera Delta, as in any wet riverbank space, is formed by a large number of invertebrates, and vertebrates such as lizards, snakes, some leprous turtle, and many birds of different species (mallards, skate paths, egrets , Audouin gulls, nightingales, etc.) which we can observe their migratory movements from an observation tower.
Finally, we highlight the area of dunes of the Conca beach in Malgrat de Mar, a protected natural space in which the environment (which might seem counterproductive for being sandy and with a high salinity) facilitates the enrichment of some very special plants of the dune zones. They are psamophilic plants that have developed their own resources to counteract the effects of salt, excess sun or wind. The storms, although a priori may be negative, have also contributed to enrich the vegetation of the area as the height of the tide provides new plant seeds that adapt to areas such as the Concha Beach of Malgrat de Mar. It is important to highlight the medicinal and culinary properties that can be extracted from the plants in this area.