Las Marismas de Odiel

Las Marismas de Odiel, Huelva: Address, Phone Number, Las Marismas de Odiel Reviews: 4.5/5

Las Marismas de Odiel
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Allan R
Dorchester, Dorset16 contributions
Oct 2019
I've visited several times in autumn. It's convenient to reach and usually good birds. Just follow the road and scan round. There are usually flamingoes, gulls and terns on the salinas. Just past the salt works, before the visitor centre, is a small pool with a screen for viewing. If there's water in it there is often a good selection of waders. I've also seen most species from the car park at the visitor centre where you can get drinks and maps. There's a beach at the end of the road.

One warning - the visitor centre has opening hours posted and these also apply to the car park. I once nearly got my car locked in when I had been for a walk and luckily arrived back at 2:30pm just as the staff were leaving for lunch and would have locked the gate.
Written November 22, 2019
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Malaga, Spain906 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
We stayed in Punta Umbria with the specific intention of exploring Las Marismas de Odiel to view the birds.

Like many other EU funded wildlife centres we have seen in Spain and Portugal, the one in Las Marismas, a mammouth structure that must have cost a fortune, was staffed by one bored lady who was unable, or unwilling, to supply even a basic map of the Park or information sheet. No funds to kerp the buikding in a gokd state of repair or fund sufficient staff. Her only utterence, goid job I have some Spanish, was to say that the "Hides" are a kilometre up the road. Most unfriendly and extremely unhelpful.

So following our noses we found the birds and the hides and there are lots of them...birds not Hides. Saw the Spoobills and around 20 other different species. Not hard as they are all around you. After the area where the Hides are situated, either side of the only road, the birds became scarce. The odd Heron, Egret etc in the marshland. We drove virtually to the end of the road, stopped about 2kms short of the lighthouse by a barrier across the road, and did not see many birds at all.

The most birds that we saw was immediately at the entrance to Las Marismas. As soon as you turn off the motorway there is a pull-in on your right by the salt pans. Park there are walk along the cycle track as far as you like. Flocks of Flamingoes, hundred plus Black Backed Stilts, Redshanks, Great Egrets etc etc. Impressive. Waders as far as the eye can see. A great walk in the winter sun.

The Spoonbill colony is on your left, past the Hides, and there were thirty plus birds in the flock along with a large number of Egrets.

If you are into birds/wildlife there is a free guide for Birds in the province of Huelva, available from the Tourist Offices. "Rutas para la observacion de Aves en la Provincia de Huelva". In Spanish and English and it identifies the areas in the province where you can see the birds and suggests 8 walks from 2kms in duration to one of 16kms. Strange they did not have copies in the Visitors Centre.

We visited Las Marismas 4 times. Low tide when the mud is exposed is best.

Written November 15, 2019
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Guildford, UK307 contributions
Mar 2019
We fondly hoped that the visitor centre on the Dique Juan Carlos might offer us some good maps of the marshlands, but no. However, a very friendly guide told us the options and the best places to go. In fact the road slices right the way through the marshlands for several kilometres, and there are several places to stop and pull off: the road continues to a local beach and fishing area.
We explored various pathways to hide-outs and observation areas, and saw plenty of flamingoes. The birds are sensible enough to keep a long way away from the people and cars, but with binoculars and a bit of patience you may be lucky.
The marshlands are a wonderfully quiet and tranquil area, separated by a wide channel from the industrial ghastliness of the town just next to it.
Worth a visit if you have patient kids, otherwise they might get a bit bored. No cost for any of the activities. The Marismas are very poorly signposted until you get close: best to look at a map first.
Written March 29, 2019
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Bruce W
Mijas, Spain1,754 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We decided to check out the beaches of Huelva as we had heard that they are rather nice. Contrary to what you might expect the beaches are not on the same side of the Odiel as Huelva and the Muelle del Tinto. They occur on the far side of the Odiel on what is probably called Salt Island. This is a protected area of marsh and mud flats, called the Marismas de Odiel, providing a habitat to flamingoes and other bird life.

There is but one road that runs down the spine of Salt Island and terminates at the El Espigón lighthouse, although it does not appear that members of the public can travel the whole length of it. At the time of our visit, we could go as far as the end of Playa El Espignón beach and park there. Beyond that the road had a barrier across it to prevent further travel by unauthorised vehicles.

To access the beach from the car park there is a short footpath and at the end of it you can stand on the beach and see for many hundreds of metres in either direction. At this point there is also a separate dog beach adjacent to the main beach. We were on the main beach in early September and saw two couples, a family and one man and his dog. Crowded, I think not!

To get to the beaches you need to make for the Puente de Sta. Eulalia Bridge out of Huelva. It parallels the main bridge over which goes the A497. The Puente de Sta. Eulalia ends in a big roundabout and you will need to take the last exit before you complete a full circle of it.There is a sign at this point with a brown background and the word ‘Playas’ on it in white. Follow this road, it is the principal road all the way down to the lighthouse. It involves crossing another smaller bridge after about 6km from the roundabout and about a further 12km to reach the El Espigon car park. If you really want to know what this road is called, it is the ‘Dique de Contention de Arenas Principe Juan Carlos I’.
If you have kids who like paddling, looking for sea shells and generally running around having a whale of a time, then these beaches are brilliant.

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Written September 20, 2018
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36529136 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
It is just a short, well signposted, drive off the main road to reach the Visitor Centre. Here, the facilities are basic, but you can speak to people who will provide you with a (free) map and a couple of different routes to follow around the marshes. We visited 10am mid June and took the almost 3 kilometre route around the centre. This took about 90 minutes, so we were back at the centre before it was too hot. There are various bird hides along the way. We were able to see the 'top 3' - flamingoes in abundance on the salt flats, fish eagles circling overhead, and a couple of spoonbills. If only we had remembered our binoculars!! There were also many, many crabs scurrying across the sand/mud, which is a particular feature of the area. We then took the car and drove further along the one road across the marshes, encountering more fish eagles and other birds of prey along the way, and finally arriving at the El Espigon sandy beach just to the west of Punta Umbria.
Recommended as an alternative way to spend a morning in the area. We will certainly go back again, at a different time (of day / year).
Written June 14, 2017
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Milano803 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
I discovered Las Marismas de Odiel by case on the way to Huelva. You have real salinas there and in August a lot of flamingos there. You can see them both staying and flying. Really a nice place and not by case it belongs to the world heritage list.
Written August 21, 2016
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Palamos, Spain299 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
In Doñana we saw hardly any waders. Odiel made up for this in a big way. It is not a very pretty area (no salt marsh is) and the facilities are rudimentary and often closed. From Huelva you have to follow the map carefully or you end up in Punta Umbria. To visit the area you will need a car or find a sympathetic taxi driver. A spotting scope is a big plus. In May you can expect to see many of the waders in breeding plumage, not common for Spanish sites.
Written July 6, 2015
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