From mountains to lagoons.
A great scenic day and for pure spectacle, visiting the wetlands around the famous Fuente de Piedra nature reserve is highly recommended. The main lagoon is one of the largest natural lagoons in Spain and is the home for over 30,000 Greater Flamingo.
Our day in the Guadalteba area and Fuente de Piedra begins with the drive from the Serranía de Ronda. Mountains and stunning scenery sets the tone for our day, high rocky crags rise above the landscape, where keen eyes will spot Griffon Vultures wheeling on the updrafts or perched atop large cliffs, whilst we have good chances of seeing Bonelli’s Eagle as they soar above the mountains and open lands of the valleys. Crag Martins can be seen hawking insects near to the rock faces and Blue Rock Thrush will already be establishing their winter territories.
Leaving the mountains we arrive at the market town of Campillos and the relatively lowland areas that surround the town. Here water from the high mountains becomes trapped and feeds several small lagoons from the resulting high water table. Whilst some steppe species such as Little Bustard and Calandra Lark are possibilities here, we will concentrate on the many water birds that inhabit these lagoons during the winter months. Black-necked Grebe, White-headed Duck and the rare Crested Coot will be our target species here, but other birds such as Marsh Harrier will also be seen.
We will arrive at the village of Fuente de Piedra in time for lunch; Peter’s choice here is a family run restaurant with lots of homemade dishes available on their menu! After our lunch we will visit the Laguna Fuente de Piedra, the lake is huge, measuring some 6 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide, it is considered one of the largest natural lagoons in Spain. The area is famous for the large number of Greater Flamingo who choose to breed here; during 2015 there were over 34,000 adults present. Another species, Common Crane, can also be here in winter with over 1,000 usually spending several months in the area. It promises to be a day to remember!
Prices for each day tour
1 to 4 persons total cost 220 Euro
5 to 8 persons total cost 340 Euro
Prices are total costs not per person. To book your tour contact us