A breathtaking showGuardamar is at the heart of several rich ecosystems between the salt lakes in La Mata and Torrevieja and the Segura river mouth, resulting in a natural paradise to many bird species.
The variety of Spanish birds you will find in Guardamar is always a big surprise for many people, bird-lovers and amateurs. Our surroundings turn out to be a genuine paradise to observe these elegant winged animals.
Have a look at the best spots close to our hotel to enjoy birdwatching: The Segura river mouth, the Natural Lake Park in La Mata and Torrevieja, the salt lakes of Santa Pola and the Elche countryside. These wetlands gather the necessary features for a wide range of species to thrive and let them benefit from optimal conditions when it comes to nesting, migrating and spending the winter.
If you are thinking of organising your holidays focusing on birdwatching, we recommend you to visit us in spring or fall for it to coincide with bird migrating season. We collaborate with Oxytours, a company with professional biologists who will offer information about the flora, fauna and rock formations along the routes we have stablished with them.
Amongst the many species of birds that have been seen in these spots, the most significant ones are the Purple heron (Ardea purpurea), the White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala), the Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides), the Lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni), Bonelli´s eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus), Red-knobbed coot (Fulica crislata), Trumpeter finch (Bucanetes githagineus), Great bustard (Otis tarda), Audouin´s gull (Larus audouinii), Rufous bush robin (Cercotrichas galactoles), Black wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), Roller (Coracias garrulus), Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Slender-billed gull (Larus genei), Balearic shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus), Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), Purple gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio), Black-bellied sandgrouse (Pterocies orientalis) and the Marbled teal (Marmaonetta angustirostris).. The Elche countryside is the main place in Europe where the Marbled Teal nests. However, the main protagonists in the salt lakes are, without a doubt, the Greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) whose sight delights the tourists and the birdwatching fans.