The Torrevieja Nature Reserve

Parque Natural de las Lagunas de la Mata y de Torrevieja

This nature reserve is just on the outskirts of Torrevieja and is directly accessible from roundabout on the N332. It is visible on the left-hand side of the road as you drive to Alicante and are passing Torrevieja. It encompasses some of the salt flats for which Torrevieja is well known and has a network of paths, which provide interesting walking.
There are some hides for viewing birds but no binoculars or telescopes. Take your own!

It has a visitor centre, which is quite modern and includes an audiovisual display of the birdlife in the reserve. It has, at different times of the year, populations of black winged stilts, dunlin, stone curlew, Montagu's harrier, osprey, terns, eared grebes, and flamingos.

We actually saw flamingos at the salt flats at Parque Regional de Las Salinas y Arenales at San Pedro Del Pinatar. This is also worth visiting, as is the beautiful beach at Mar Menor, which is right beside Murcia airport.

If you intend to visit any of these places, it might be worth taking a Google map - we didn't find the local maps were very good!

This contribution about the Parque Natural de las Lagunas de la Mata y de Torrevieja is from David Bell
Photos to come soon

There is more information and ideas about things to do outdoors along with other activities on other pages.

You can also see photographs of some of the plants, both flowers and trees, in the Playa Flamenca area. Playa Flamenca plants

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