Bird watching in the Guadalhorce Estuary
The Guadalhorce Estuary Natural Area, lying to the west of Málaga City where the river Guadalhorce branches out, comprises a series of manmade lakes (gravel pits) in what used to be agricultural land by the coastal lagoon. The lakes, enclosed by the river (which is why the area used to be described as an island), lie in a huge marshland, where the river meets the sea, giving rise to a swampy delta that has been growing with the alluvial deposits dragged along by the river. Today, the marshlands – which are registered on the List of Andalusian Wetlands – comprise up to five permanent basins, the largest and deepest of which is known as Laguna Grande.
The area has great ornithological value, as it is one of the main stops and resting places for coastal migratory birds in Málaga Province.
Moreover, the presence of water and salt have a positive impact on vegetation and wildlife, their exuberance and diversity.
In addition to being a resting place and a sanctuary for birds, the Guadalhorce Estuary is a green oasis close to Málaga City, enabling many species to complete their breeding cycle here.
In sum, the Guadalhorce Estuary is a wetland with the added value of coastal and river ecosystem elements. This makes it a haven for wildlife.
The marine bird watching area that covers the stretch of sea affords great experiences for beach and sea bird lovers. You will just need binoculars and a bird guide to have a good time in contact with nature, learning many interesting facts. The area also offers trails for hiking and active travel.