Doñana, European ecology reserve

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If you come to Andalusia, we recommend a visit to Spain's largest National Park, which is also one of Europe's most important nature areas. We are talking about Doñana, which has the Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage designations on account of its ornithological wealth. Its rich diversity is not to be missed.

In Andalusia, southern Spain, there is a mosaic of landscapes and ecosystems whose biodiversity is unique in Europe: the Doñana National Park. The park is 67 kilometres from Seville and 50 kilometres from Huelva. It is home to unspoiled beaches, living sand dunes, areas of Mediterranean forest, varied vegetation and, of course, salt marshes, the park's most characteristic landscape. These marshes are the reason why Doñana is considered Europe's most important wetland area. Its ornithological wealth has long been recognised - the marshes are a fundamental stopping point on the migratory routes of African and Asian bird species.

Bird shelter

If you are a bird lover, then Doñana will not fail to please. Over 300 different species can be seen over the course of the year. Bear in mind that this is a mating ground for many species, as well as the winter home for birds from central and northern Europe. The Park is also a refuge for rare animals in danger of extinction, such as the Imperial Eagle and Iberian Lynx. Do you know what's best of all? There are different, enjoyable ways to enjoy Doñana's natural resources. You just have to choose which one.

How to visit

Variety is an integral part of the Park. The landscapes change with each passing season - you will find a different Doñana according to the time of year you decide to come. There are various options available. One is to use the wooden walkways with information panels and bird observation points along the route. You can use them free of charge and most of them start at the Park's Visitor Centres. There are five centres located at the edge of the National Park: "La Rocina", "El Palacio del Acebrón" and "El Acebuche", arriving from Matalascañas (Huelva province); "José Antonio Valverde", arriving from Villamanrique de la Condesa (Seville province), and "Fábrica de Hielo", in Sanlúcar de Barrameda(Cadiz province). At the visitor centres, staff will help you organise your visit, and you can also see different audiovisual presentations and exhibitions on Doñana. They are open daily, admission is free, and no booking is necessary.

Another option is to do routes by bike or on horseback: information on these options is available at the Almonte, El Rocío, Matalascañas and Sanlúcar de Barrameda tourist offices. Guided tours are also available in an all-terrain bus and by boat. The tour lasts around four hours and bookings must be made in advance by telephone: +34 959430432 for the all-terrain bus tour, departing from the "El Acebuche" Centre; +34 956363813 for the boat tour, departing from the "Fábrica de Hielo" Centre.

Doñana National Park has many nature attractions to see. Come and discover how easy it is to enjoy them.




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