Albufera – the nature reserve at Alcúdia
The Albufera Nature Park is located in the north of Mallorca and in the municipalities of Alcúdia, Muro and Sa Pobla. It covers an area of 2,582 ha. A wetland biotope of high ecological value, Albufera receives its surface water from several streams and the Sant Joan well. Although the biotope is separated from the Bay of Alcúdia by an 8 km wide sand barrier, salt water flows in from the sea in summer. For 100,000 years, a unique flora and fauna has developed and been preserved in Albufera, despite some human intervention. Hemp plants and reeds are the essential vegetation of the wetlands, but trees such as tamarinds and poplars are also abundant. It is a wonderful, sheltered place for 230 species of birds such as flamingos, coots and wild ducks. Other animal species can also be found here, namely amphibians, eels, reptiles, snakes and turtles. Friends of the flora, fauna and birdlife will live long after a visit to the Albufera Nature Park.
The Albufera Nature Park, with an area of 1,799 ha, was only placed under protection in 1988. It is open to the public free of charge from April 1 to September30, daily from 9 am to 7 pm, and from 9 am to 5 pm during the rest of the year. Maps and explanatory material for the tours are available at the reception centre. You can also borrow binoculars to observe the bird and animal life.
Naturepark Albufera | 07458 Can Picafort | Tel. +34 971 89 2250.