Laguna de Fuente Piedra

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Laguna de Fuente Piedra
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This scenic lake is home to Europe's second largest population of flamingoes.
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Koek W
Velez-Malaga, Spain1,373 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We where in the neighborhood as we passed by el chorro so we decided to pass by. The Laguna is famous for its birds specially flamencos. While driving up to the free parking in front of the visitor centre we saw already a little group of flamencos. Actually the most closed by we had seen. A little scared but if you don’t make noise they’ll stay. Nice walk around and to the viewpoints. Dogs allowed but on the line. Great stop on the way to antequera
Written April 9, 2021
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Andrew
Andalucia298 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
Pretty much all year round one is certain to catch a glimpse of some of these fragile looking birds that breed in Andalucía’s largest lagoon.
It’s easy to get here from Malaga – the new motorway climbs almost effortless through the mountains and across the valleys towards Antequera. There is a turn off for the village of Fuente de Piedra, and just outside is the lagoon; a huge salty lake that makes a perfect habitat for these delicate pink flamingos. Most have already headed off to Africa, but with this warm autumn, there are still a few left, heads bowed, digging around in the shallow waters on the edge of the lake, looking for crustacea.
The lagoon is protected now and there is an updated visitor centre offering rental mountain bikes - a great way to get around the lake and explore the hiking trails. We’re told spring is the best time to see the birds, rosy pink after their winter in Africa.
The village offers little.
Written November 7, 2011
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Pete026
London101 contributions
Mar 2013 • Couples
A unique place, not to be missed! Bring your binoculars or borrow some from the information centre, but beware, the information centre follows Spanish opening times and is closed between 2-5pm. La Laguna de Fuente Piedra is a big salt lake surrounded by olive groves and is accessible at all times. Behind the information centre building, there are several small ponds. It is a natural habitat, very beautiful and peaceful with walking trails (and good free parking) - and a surprising lack of tourists. This place is the hidden jewel of this region. In the Spring migrating birds return from wintering in Africa. By mid-March the wild flamingoes are an incredible breath catching sight. They stand in their hundreds on the shallow lake making patches of pink - and they croak. Their number depends on the lake's level, and because this year the level is high, it is quite possible that when migration is over by the end of April, there could be several thousands of them. Flamingoes flying in formation and landing on the lake with their black and vivid flamingo pink wings in full extension - is an "Attenborough moment". The lake itself has a special quality due to the salt content - it glitters. From one of the hides I saw a flock of fifty shovelers forming a large whirlpool on one of the ponds. The first swallows have arrived, so exhausted that some stayed on the road, taking in the sun. They looked wearily at me, just a few feet away. Others were flying in a frenzy of catching insects. My tip is that binoculars are essential - or you will see blotches of colours, instead of rabbits, ducks, waders, little birds and flamingoes. In the airy information centre, you can buy coffee and chocolate from a machine (€1.10) and cold drinks. It is possible to borrow a wheelchair. There are a few tables and chairs for visitors. The toilets are good.
Written March 20, 2013
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travel69Uk
uk6 contributions
Apr 2017
This is one of the most important sites in Europe for Greater Flamingos, however they depend on the lagoon having sufficient water in order to breed there and when there has been a particularly dry winter this leads to a water shortage in the spring. This has the knock on effect of pushing the Flamingos further into the centre of the lagoon and out of view of most people unless they have a spotting scope or high powered binoculars. However some individuals will still venture to the pools close to the visitor centre and can give outstanding views.
The visitor centre is a very interesting place to visit, if you can find it open which isn't very often nor is there any cafeteria but there are a couple of vending machines so it is advisable to take a packed lunch and plenty to drink as it can be extremely hot around the lagoon.
It is also well worth a drive around the lagoon as there are a number of 'Miradors' watch points where the lagoon can be viewed at different points. There are lots of birds to see and a great days birding can be had if conditions are right.
Written April 17, 2017
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Andrea1018
South Lyon, MI41 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
I'm American and I'd only ever seen flamingos in a zoo, so this was worth it. We got there early in the morning, before the visitor center was even open, and the flamingos were right there as promised. There were even some in the little pond on the way in.

It's true that they are kind of far from the visitor center. There's a hike around the lake if you want to see them up close. We didn't have time, but we'd have liked to do that.

There are other birds too, and it's in a beautiful area of Andalucia -- rolling hills, olive trees, fields and fields of poppies. But honestly it's worth it just for the flamingos.
Written May 12, 2019
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Emma G
Taunton, UK18 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
I visited in November-December on both a sunny day and a rainy day. Is a beautiful, peaceful area, lovely landscape. I imagine it would be a bird spotters paradise, I am not, but still greatly appreciated it, lots of different bird variety, also other wildlife, insects, plants and rabbits. Marked out walks around the lakes although you are not able to get very close to the main flamingo lake. Definately take binoculars or you can hire them at the visitor centre. I took lots of photos here, there are numerous flamingos but they are at a distance. The visitor centre is very modern, clean & good toilet facilities, the shop stocks many souvenirs, informative books etc The staff are really friendly and helpful, there is a refreshment area with seating but is hot/cold drink & snack machines. This center is.... amazingly free! My only gripe is that the wonderful, interactive information display is all in Spanish and there are no other translations so if the information wasn't in diagram form I didn't understand it. I did glean though that your experience varies as to what time of year you go, the water table, birds migration times etc. Close by, just up the road & along a track in Fuente de Piedra is 'El Refugio del Burrito', a donkey sanctuary, no entry fee, donations welcomed, lots of well cared for, gentle donkeys, mules & horses who happily wander over to you at the fence for a friendly pat!
Written December 21, 2014
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Bruce W
Mijas, Spain1,754 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
Our second attempt in the car was successful in finding the lagoon of Fuente de Piedra, our first having taken us on a 20km detour through the vineyards on the wrong side of the autovia, but that is another story.
Travelling by car is the easiest way to reach and see the lagoon and flamingos, detours excepted, although there is the Alsa Bus from Málaga which goes to Fuente de la Piedra. The lagoon is just off the A-92 Málaga/Seville autovia, so just follow the signs for the lagoon and the Tourist Information Office in the town centre. From there the lagoon is signed and is about 1-1.5km away.
There is plenty of free parking at the visitor centre, as well as displays with information about the flamingos and the variety of other wetlands and sea birds to be seen there. Vending machines and a gift shop are also located in the visitors centre. Visiting the lagoon is fee free, but if you wish to have a conducted tour there needs to be a minimum of six like-minded people with a charge of 8 euros. For this you will be allowed into some areas that take you closer to the flamingos.
There are wooden walkways around the nearest part of the lagoon with a couple of observation huts, but it is possible to drive completely around the lagoon and stop at two points to go closer to the lagoon’s edge on foot. Whether you will see much of the flamingos will depend on what parts of the lagoon that the birds are occupying. This is because the birds like to be located in about half a meter of water and after a wet winter this is to be found in the area closer to the visitor centre and the far end of the lagoon is too deep. After a dry winter, the far end of the lagoon has about half a metre of water and the area nearer to the visitor centre is too shallow for the birds preference.
Last winter was quite wet, so the flamingos were nearer the visitor centre, but at the time of our visit (late May) there were not that many of them in residence. A very pleasant visit none the less.

Note: I would suggest that binoculars are almost mandatory and those with a camera will need a decent telephoto lens on it. Be warned, too, that the Visitor Centre closes for lunch between 2:00pm and 4:00pm
Written June 8, 2013
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AvrilNerja
Nerja, Spain59 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
Fuente la Piedra is about an hour's drive from Malaga. It is a large lagoon with brilliant bird life, including the second largest flamingo breeding ground in Europe. The area is beautiful with really pretty walks around the lagoon, in Spring full of colourful wild flowers. The flamingos are numerous (10,000 nesting pairs have been reported) and fascinating to watch. The area nearby is also worth a visit, particularly El Chorro to the South, a huge gorge with further lagoons and the famous 'King's Walk' and railway and mountain railway tunnels where the final scenes from Von Ryan's Express were filmed. It is easy to visit both areas in one day.

The attraction could be superb if the visitor centre would just get its act together. The positioning of the visitor centre gives magnificent views over the lagoon, offering superb flamingo watching (binoculars needed) from the centre itself, so excellent for anyone with walking difficulties. BUT, the opening times are visitor unfriendly, being closed in the afternoon; the facilities for eating are minimal - a good restaurant area here would do well; and the centre is confusing about what tours they offer. I have visited three times and not managed to get on a tour. The first time there wasn't one available; the second I was turned down because there was no English speaking guide available ( I wouldn't have minded a Spanish only guide) and the third time, this week, I was advised by a woman on reception with very good English that the guide was with a party of schoolchildren and that anyway they only take you to the places that you can access yourself. The sign on the door advertises 3 hour guided tours which include visits to areas not accessible to self tours. I may try a fourth visit because I would love to get nearer the flamingos and clearly there are tracks that lead through locked gates right down to the lagoon edge, but I may just give up because of the confusion over what is possible to do there.
Written May 18, 2013
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HappyfeetIlkley
Ilkley, UK91 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
The visitor centre is useful, centrally positioned near the lake which was full of flamingos. There are a number of hides around too to view other smaller birds using the water. It was really hot but we still managed to see a wide variety and get good photos of the flamingos both in flight and standing. A great day out
Written June 26, 2019
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amdgriggs
Sheffield, UK1,409 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is a great place to visit, even for non-birdwatchers - there are thousands of punk flamingos in season and countless other water birds, in the enormous main lagoon and in the wetlands round the visitors centre. Most of the flamingoes are standing in the water (or walking) and feeding, and periodically some take off and flap slowly and gracefully to another spot - showing the best of their huge pink and black wings. There are several viewing points and hides near the centre which also has an excellent set of displays - though sadly all in Spanish. You can also drive round the lagoon, though mostly at some distance from it. The whole place is a great and unexpected treat.
Written June 7, 2018
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