S'Albufera

S’Albufera

Route: S’Albufera Natural Park

Area: Spain, Mallorca

Date of walk: 29th April 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.9 miles 

Ascent: nil

Weather: Mixture of clouds and sun

S’Albufera Natural Park is a paradise for birdwatchers, and is the largest and most important wetland area in the Balearic Islands. There are over 4,000 acres of protected land, mainly wet grassland and marsh. The wetlands were drained for agriculture in the 19th century by a British company which subsequently went bankrupt, and the network of canals dates from this time

The park was established in 1988 and has a visitor’s reception area, a permanent exhibition and various hides, observation platforms and marked routes. Entrance is free, although it’s necessary to obtain a permit at the visitor’s centre, which is a 10-15 minute walk into the park. Depending on the season, there are numerous species of birds to be found here including osprey, bittern, Eleonora’s falcon, hoopoe, bee-eater and many other unusual birds – click here for a detailed list and here for a link to the official website

We’d enjoyed some good bird sightings during our walk this morning, including the rare black vulture, and this whetted our appetite for a visit to the park. After parking near the entrance we walked along the obvious path to the visitor’s centre and obtained our permits and a useful map of the marked trails. In view of our earlier walk today, we only had time for a flying visit (pardon the pun) and it was obvious on seeing the map that we’d be unable to complete a full circuit of this vast place. For anyone seriously interested in birding it’s worth setting aside a full day for a visit here. The Maps Page shows the paths we followed, but there are infinite possibilities all of which are waymarked and it’s best to follow your whim rather than a fixed route

During the course of our wanderings we managed to see numerous species, including marsh harrier, avocet and glossy ibis. We had a wonderful time and our only regret was that we didn’t have a full day to spare 

Click here or on the Map Page icon for the route map

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