Las Marismas Del Odiel

January 30, 2012 by staff 

Las Marismas Del Odiel, The Paraje Natural de las Marismas del Odiel is the second most significant wetland reserve in Andaluc?a after the Parque Nacional de Do?ana. This large estuary and marshland of the Odiel and Tinto rivers covers 72-sq-km between Huelva City, Punta Umbr?a, Gibrale?n and Aljaraque. It was granted protected status in 1989. The best time to visit is in spring during the breeding season and in winter when there are lots of waterfowl.

Within the Odiel nature reserve are some smaller protected areas: the Reserva Natural Marismas del Burro between Gibrale?n and Huelva city; the Reserva Natural Isla de Enmedio between Aljaraque and Punta Umbr?a; the Paraje Natural Estero de Domingo Rubio south of La R?bida; and the Paraje Natural Lagunas de Palos y las Madres between Huelva and Mazag?n.

By far the best views of the marismas are along the causeway that crosses the marshes. To get there, follow signs out of Huelva city towards Punta Umbr?a. Cross the R?o Odiel bridge and take the right fork for Ayamonte, then turn immediately left for Espig?n. Instead of going on to the bridge again to return to Huelva, take the right turn – the Dique San Juan Carlos I road – which continues for about 20km through the centre of the Paraje. After 2km on the left is the visitor’s centre, the Centro de Visitantes Calatilla.

La Calatilla Visitors’ Centre – Anastasio Senra
Centro de Recepci?n La Calatilla – Anastasio Senra

This Visitor Centre has been open since 1994. It offers basic information on the different aspects of this natural area, to those who are interested. The Centre is also home to the offices that take care of the area and its natural habitat.

The Centre has a very interesting exhibition with information boards, tools, samples of vegetation and animal life, archeological remains and audiovisual information on the salt marshes.

Visitors to the Centre can obtain information on guided tours, etc. There is a large car park and this makes a good starting point for some of the signed footpaths. It is located on the Dique San Juan Carlos I road. and overlook the River Odiel.

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