The Metropolitan Park managed by the Andalusian Public Department – Consejería de Obras Públicas y Vivienda – trought the Andalusian Public Company EPSA, has the strategic goal of turning the park into the basic piece of the Red de Espacios Libres de la Bahía de Cádiz (Bay of Cadiz’s free spaces network).
The Metropolitan Park is located in a biophysical area dominated by the San Pedro river’s mouth and the surrounding land as spit bars, tidal marshes, ridge of dunes and pingroves, all merged by their origin and evolution. The relation between marine and floodable spaces and terrestrial ones has left a singular structure in the territory.
The most significant elements that identify the singular character of this Metropolitan Park are:
- It is environmentally protected as part of the Parque Natural Bahía de Cádiz.
- It has an important cultural, historical and ethnographic heritage.
- It is protected by international institutions as the RAMSAR agreement, it is part of the Natura 2000 Directive, since it was declared area of the European Community interest and Special Protection Area for birds.
- It has a wide range of ecosystems: wild beaches, dunes, tidal marshes, distributary channels, coastal pine groves, salt marshes, grassland.
- Plenty of autochthonous protected species worldwide: fauna and flora.
- Numerous economic secular exploitations: shellfishing, fishing, salt marshes, aquaculture, etc.