RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

The coastal wetlands of S’Albufereta are one of the natural treasures of the Bay of Pollença, thanks to their singular landscape and their ornithological and botanical value.

The Nature Reserve covers a surface of 211 hectares, with additional peripheral protection of its surrounding 290 hectares, where certain land use and activities are regulated to prevent unwanted environmental impact.

S’Albufereta was declared a Nature Reserve by virtue of Decree 121/2001 (BOIB Number 130, of 30 October 2001), and four years later it was reclassied as a Special Nature Reserve through Law 5/2005, of 26 May, on the Conservation of Environmentally Important Sites (locally known as the law LECO). The S’Albufereta Natural Resource Management Plan was also approved by means of the Government Council Resolution of 19 October 2001 (BOIB Number 130, of 30 October 2001). Yet the site had already been protected by legislation years earlier, thanks to its declaration as a Natural Area of Special Interest in 1991, by virtue of Law 1/1991, of 30 January, on Natural Spaces and Urban Regulation for Areas of Special Protection of the Balearic Islands (locally known as the LEN).

S’Albufereta also forms part of the Natura 2000 Network, an initiative designed to contribute to the conservation of plant and animal species and their natural habitats in protected natural spaces around Europe.

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

  • Please remain on the marked paths and trails at all times.
  • Visitors are not allowed to enter the Nature Reserve by boat, on horseback or in motorised vehicles.
  • Please keep the environment clean. Be sure to take with you any waste that you generate during your visit.
  • Dogs and cats can damage unique habitats like this one and are therefore not allowed in the Nature Reserve.
  • Please do not engage in sports or competitive activities in the Nature Reserve.
  • The collection or removal of plants is not allowed.
  • Please do not disturb the animals.
  • Construction activities of any type require the corresponding previous municipal permit.

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

It's placed in the north of Mallorca, in the Bay of Pollença, in the municipal areas of Alcúdia and Pollença. The Reserve can be accessed via public bus line from the Port of Pollença or Alcúdia, or by bicycle or private car. Visitors in private cars are asked to park in the nearest urban area

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RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

Like other Mediterranean wetlands, S’Albufereta is an essential sanctuary along the annual migratory paths of countless aquatic birds. Moreover, during the harsh summer droughts that typify the Mediterranean climate, wetlands like S’Albufereta become genuine oases for many bird species. Watching a group of Eleonora’s falcons (Falco eleonorae) as they hunt in the late afternoon or catching a fortunate glimpse of an osprey (Pandion haliaetus) are just some of the pleasant rewards to be enjoyed by the attentive and quiet visitor. S ’Albufereta abounds with plants that are typical of wetland areas with heavy saltwater influence, given the proximity to the sea. Thus, glasswort prairies and tamarisk groves are prevalent amid the Reserve’s lagoons, streams and canals. In fact, the tamarisk forest that lines the El Rec stream is one of the most noteworthy communities of its type in Mallorca. No less striking for their unique hydrogeological features are the varying surges of the saltwater springs known as Els Ulls del Rec, which emerge in the streambed itself. The presence of the endemic plant Limonium alcudianum, which only grows in the brackish waters of S’Albufereta and the neighbouring Albufera, as well as the only Balearic community of another type of statice, the Limonium algarvense, along with many other species, make this an exceptional site of botanical interest.

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

Office of management: schedule from Monday to Friday of 9 to 14 hr. Telephone 971 892250.

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

RESERVA NATURAL DE S’ALBUFERETA

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