Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca

Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca

Parque Natural S'Albufera de Mallorca
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Hundreds of birds flock to this wildlife preserve, making it a great place to go bird watching.
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DerbyshireDrongo
Derbyshire5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Definitely worth a vist if you are keen on seeing African or Mediterranean Species. Its especially good in the migratory seasons and its the best Wetlands site on the Isand

Bikes are permitted but the best way is to go on foot. Don't expect any refreshments or drinks to be available( there have been machines in the past but dont bank on them working!) Peace and quiet is the essence here.

What you see is often down to being in the right place at the right time. Best Times to go Spring and Autumn. Expect to do plenty walking and expect to need plenty of patience, but if you are prepared for this then you are likely to be rewarded.

It can be pretty exposed here although there are several hides, its worth noting that if its hot bring a good hat and plenty of cream for the exposed area and possibley expect some mozzies.

A good class pair of binnoculars are essential.

Certainly here and Cap Formentor are best sites on the island. If you like birding then its not to be missed.

I would suggest a minimum of 4 hours to do the site justice.

Graham
Written 10 March 2007
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DBADevon
London, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
I loved my trips to this nature reserve. With patience, the birding was really good.

If I was to go again, here would be my rules!!!

1. Wear a hat

2. Take plenty of water and some food

3. Take some sun cream, (although it was not needed for the times I visited the reserve, some reviewers have been bothered by mosquitos so you may want to consider taking insect repellant).

4. Wear comfortable shoes.

5. Give yourself plenty of time.

It's a one kilometre walk from the main road where you park your car just to get to the information centre. You are required to pick up a free permit (including a map) at the information centre.

So, even if you're not really into watching birds, allow an absolute minimum of 90 minutes (and a maximum of 9 hours as the reserve is open between 9am and 6pm during the spring / summer).

If you are visiting the reserve especially to go birding allow a minimum of four hours - and even then, you will only be scratching the surface of S'Albufera.

6. Take binoculars.

For me, the reserve was only a birding reserve even though I saw plenty of butterflies, terrapins, fish & a snake. However, there were plenty of people walking around without binoculars, telescopes or long lens cameras. In my opinion, it would be wasted time to visit the reserve unless you took a pair of binoculars to make the most of your visit. I visited the reserve in May 2011, and even without binoculars, I would have still seen kentish plover, black winged stilt, crested coot, purple gallinule and little egrets really easily and pretty close. Nevertheless, you would get a whole lot more out of your visit with a pair of binoculars as a minimum. I saw nearly 60 species with the highlight being Marbled duck.

7. Visiting on foot.....

I would only bother going to the five hides closest to the information centre. Most birds can be seen from the hides closest to the info centre - but there are some birds (eg beeaters) that warrant excursions to the far corners of the reserve......but be warned, it's a big reserve.

8. Visiting on bicycle.....

I would only tour the whole reserve if I had hired a bicycle (this can be done in playa de muro).

9. Ideal times - are spring and autumn. However, the reserve has a great reputation all year round.

If you are only visiting for a couple of hours, avoid the middle of the day as many birds are less active at this time.
Written 29 May 2011
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Adam W
London, UK185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
This is an expansive nature reserve. A large river ploughs through its centre, offering a habitat to fishing birds (including the Kingfisher during the winter).

Various waders and warblers frequent the area. Large birds like Ibis, egrets, and birds of prey are also present. One of note is the Booted Eagle, worth keeping an eye to the sky for, spotted it on two occasions within the park (or its outskirts).

Through a couple of tip offs I came across a European Bee-Eater nesting site just outside one of the far borders of the park. It was around an hour (at least) from the reserve reception building, and does involve some tricky obstacles, but was worth it. I won't disclose the exact location on the open internet for obvious reasons. Watching them feeding was a good experience.

So vast is the park, that even after visiting four times, we still had not covered all of it. I didn't hire a bike but I would definitely recommend doing so, I will be next time, as it will allow you to pass between viewing stations far easier.

The scenic views in the park are amazing.

The visitors centre has a vending machine for water, but no food is available, and due to the avenues of reed beds etc sheltering you from the wind, it can get extremely hot, so come prepared.

The walk from the entrance of the park to the visitors centre is 15-30minutes, depending on speed.

Well worth a visit.
Written 23 January 2013
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swallows2016
Birmingham, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
It is easy to park and walk back a very short way to the entrance of this area. Then a straight walk of just over a kilometre to the office where you pick up your free admission permit and map showing the different routes. There are two small display areas but we were keen to make the most of the lovely weather and stay outside so didn't investigate those.
We followed the green, short route because of limited time until the park closed but it was rewarding. Four hides, beautifully maintained and situated with stunning views over the wetlands and lots of different water birds going about their business completely unbothered by humans. One particular hide looked out over a sweep of water, dense reeds and bamboos around the edge and mountains behind all set off by lovely cloud formations and dazzling sun.
Don't miss this treat, it is a real joy.
Written 9 November 2016
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yanoche75
Denges, Switzerland54 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Couples
The park is quite and beautiful, however the guards blocked us. It is forbidden to run in the park even bicycles are authorized. A bicycle makes more noise than a runner. We cannot understand such a decision. All parks in the world authorize runners. We hope they will change this.
Written 19 July 2017
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Digory P
Tenby, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
The Albufera is undoubtedly one of the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, important for its resident, migrant, breeding and wintering birds. I visited many times in the early 1980s and again - after a nearly 30 year absence - several times over the last 2 weeks. It really deserves two scores - one for its wildlife and conservation, another for its visitor arrangements.

On the first, we're lucky it's there at all - had Franco lived longer it might have been dredged and covered with hotels. It finally gained its Natural Park status around 20 years ago, and is a triumph of nature conservation. To correct an impression in a review below, the "over 300 species" is the total reserve list, across all seasons and many years and including rarities - an assiduous birdwatcher spending 2 weeks on the island in spring is likely to see around 100-120 species, many but by no means all on and around the Albufera. You are more or less guaranteed 7 species of heron, many waders, birds of prey and small birds from the easy (you are never more than a few feet from a Cetti's warbler or a nightingale) to the trickier (moustached warbler). Birders will know all this.

On the visitor front, it has a bit of an identity problem, in my view. Anyone expecting a Mallorcan equivalent of, say, the RSPB's Minsmere, will be surprised. It is a sort of popular, multi-purpose public park, with (at times) hundreds of people milling about the central visitor area. No more than 1 in 100 people was carrying binoculars (basic essential for birdwatching). People were cycling, jogging (supposedly not allowed), pushing baby buggies, or just wandering about.

The "Birding Tourist's Guide to Mallorca" by Rebassa et al (essential reading by the way) tells you: " Prior to setting out, we recommend calling into the Park Information Centre for specific information such as recent sightings, leaflets and itineraries". All very well, but the visitor centre is 1.1 km along a long, straight concrete road by the main canal and mostly screened with trees and reeds - apart from glimpses of the heronry you could see very little. Once there (we did this four times) a bored female looked up from what she was doing to ask "Nationality?" and "How Many?". That was it. She wrote the number on the leaflet, handed it to you, and that was the extent of her interest in you. On the last occasion there was also a male operative there, he did exactly the same. There was no information about recent sightings, anything like that, just a few guidebooks and postcards on sale (you have to buy the set of 12 wildlife postcards, not just the ones you want). We were unable to see what purpose the leaflet passes served, as entry is free and nobody checks them subsequently - few people seemed to bother going into the dark-looking office even to ask for one. One our last 3 visits we made a detour down a track to the left on the way to the centre before picking up or permits. What staff we did see out and about were concerned with management tasks and not interested in the visitors.

There is a small central area with tracks and a couple of appallingly uncomfortable and badly designed hides, and an 11 km perimeter route from which, as others have observed, you see little but reeds and sky. The visitor management philosophy seems to be to concentrate most of the visitors into this central area. It works fine as a public park but does not make for great birdwatching.

Some of the best birdwatching we had at the Albufera was from the platform at the water treatment plant on the southern side of the reserve, accessed from the Sa Pobla road. Also good, if you can stand the smell, are the old salt pans, now a sewage treatment plant, but parking there is limited and difficult.

But still essential, and a great experience, once you have mastered your frustrations with the way the place is run.
Written 18 May 2014
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Zavazah
England, UK134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
The wetlands has a small car park just outside the entrance (on the Can Picafort side) and bicycles may be hired locally.
Special visiting arrangements can be obtained for physically disabled visitors.
Opening hours - 9 am - 6 pm (April - Sept)
9 am - 5 pm (Oct - March)

A free permit must be obtained from the Reception centre which is 1.1km from the entrance,on the way there you will be treated to cascades of butterflies & dragonflies, brightly coloured beetles and the tantalising sounds of birds hidden from view.

The park has an exhibition, a short walk from the reception centre which costs 1euro,( tickets are sold at reception). It is very informative and explains how the wetlands was formed and about its flora and fauna in several languages. However it gets very hot inside.

Everywhere is well sign posted and laid out and the wild life is breathtaking.
There are view points, hides and observation platforms throughout the park getting the visitors close to the birds without disturbing them.
The trails cover a range of habitats - pine woods, freshwater pools and canals, reed-beds, saltmarsh etc.

S'Albufera is the largest and best known wetland area in the Balaeric Islands but the facilities for visitors are disappointing.
The best way to see the park is by bike so bike hire from reception would be very popular as would binocular hire.
The toilets are at the reception centre - the ladies had 2 toilets and 1 of those was blocked .
There are 2 drinks machines - one hot drinks and the other bottled water (1 euro)
Food is not allowed in the hides and picnics are not allowed in the park but outdoor tables are provided in a lovely shaded area near reception.
Written 6 July 2012
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Queenadelaide
Glenfield, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
Visited twice during a week's holiday in Puerto Pollensa. A big plus for us was that the reserve is easily accessible by bus. Saw a number of birds which were firsts for us - purple gallinule, red knobbed coot, night heron, cattle egret. Once you've walked the kilometre to the visitor centre most of the hides are not far away - but you can walk the 11km trail if you like!
Written 16 November 2016
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ljtraveler_11
Lake Jackson, TX385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
We were lucky to be staying not too far from this park and once we discovered it we ended up going back several times. This is a very large park with a lot of hiking and biking paths. We concentrated on the areas with birding blinds and were able to see a large variety of species new to us. The blinds are just beautiful. We met a lot of very friendly and helpful folks. Do be aware that it is quite a hike once you enter the park (about 20 mins) to the visitor center and then further to the hiking paths so be prepared to get lots of exercise. Once in the park there are several areas with water which provides the right ecosystems for a wide variety of species. The only issues are that parking is quite limited and the park closes at 6 p.m. and they do lock the gate (yes there is a story there!) This park is a real natural treasure - we were so glad to have found it.
Written 10 June 2015
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Chris M
Ballymahon, Ireland61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
I visit the natural park twice a year, it is a wonderful example of a wetland envirnment full of stunning wild birds. Ospreys and Marsh Harriers are abundant, Little Bitten, Night Heron and Squacco Heron are viewed at leisure from comfortable hides and raised platforms. A few other highlights are the Bluethroats and Moustached Warblers which put in frequent appearances.

I think it would be hard to find a better reserve in Europe and I have to be many of them, there is no feeling like the start of walk down to the visitors centre, with calls of Nightingale, Cetti and Sardinian Warblers all around you.
Written 6 June 2014
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