Natural area of the Estuary of the Guadalhorce
The natural park in the estuary of the Guadalhorce is located within an island of 122 hectares, currently bounded by the two arms of the final stretch of the Guadalhorce River. There are several lagoons, river banks, sandy areas bordering the sea and land spaces within the park that offer an environmental variety where different species make their home throughout the year. The riverside vegetation includes poplar, eucalyptus, tamarisk, cat tails, reeds and rushes. The maritime ditch grass (also known as ruppia or widgeon grass) is an example of submerged lagoon vegetation; in sandy areas of the beach you can see unique species adapted to saline and sandy soils that do not exist at other nearby beaches.
Its geographic location, on one of the main migration routes between Europe and Africa, means there is a wide variety of bird life. Fish can also be found such as many mullets and eels in both the branches of the river and the lagoons. Many species of mammals are also present: rabbits, foxes and otters, as well as reptiles, of which the chameleon is the most important. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can observe over 260 different species of birds. These are more abundant and varied at times of migration: spring, autumn and winter.