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Desembocadura del Guadalhorce natural site - Parks, gardens and natural areas

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Natural area of the Estuary of the Guadalhorce

Desembocadura del Guadalhorce natural site


The Desembocadura del Guadalhorce natural area lies to the west of the city of Málaga and covers 122 hectares defined by the two final stretches of the Guadalhorce river. This area is home to an exceptional environmental wealth, including lagoons, riverbanks, sandy areas next to the sea and land that offers varied habitats for various species throughout the year.

Its privileged geographical location on one of the key migratory routes between Europe and Africa makes the Desembocadura del Guadalhorce a refuge for a wide diversity of migratory birds. Furthermore, fish such as mullets and eels can be found in abundance in both the river and lagoons. The area also supports a variety of mammals, such as rabbits, foxes and otters, and reptiles, the chameleon being one of the most prominent.

The diverse vegetation includes poplars, eucalyptus, tamarisk, bulrushes, reeds and rushes. The lagoons feature submerged vegetation such as maritime ruppia, while the beach areas exhibit species adapted to saline and sandy soils, which are unique compared to other nearby beaches.

Depending on the season, bird watching is especially recommended, with more than 260 species, being more abundant and varied during the spring, autumn and winter migrations. The site is a sanctuary for biodiversity, providing a rich environment for bird watching and a variety of animal species throughout the year.


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