Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve Tours

Found 12.5 miles (20 km) west of Málaga among the winding tentacles of the Guadalhorce River estuary, the protected Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve (Paraje Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce) covers 67 hectares of prime wetland and is a magnet for migrating birds as well as the permanent home of many others.

Of 350 bird species that have been recorded in Andalucia, 260 have been spotted in this nature reserve. Flamingos, cormorants and herons are common sightings among the manmade lagoons (graveras), the reed beds, marshes and pools of the reserve, along with parakeets, house martins, plovers, hoopoes, finches and gulls. Birds of prey seen in the area include honey buzzards and marsh harriers and even — on occasions — rare ospreys.

The reserve’s five lagoons are backed by woodland consisting of a mixture of palm trees, willows, tamarisks, eucalyptus and poplars, and are well provided with hides for bird watchers and photographers. Several way-marked hiking and biking trails lead across the marshes.

If you’re feeling energetic, take a four-hour guided cycling tour of the park from Málaga or walk back to the city along the coastal path in about 1.5 hours.

Practical Info

Admission is free, and open 24/7. For public transportation, take EMT bus no 10 to Guadalmar; by car take the N340 signposted to Torremolinos and Fuengirola and take the turning to Guadalmar. Park by the church and walk for five minutes to the entrance to the reserve.
Address: Paseo España, 2, Málaga, Andalucia 29590, Spain
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Malaga City Private Walking Tour including Alcazaba Fortress

Discover Malaga’s coastal beauty and ancient treasures on this private, 3-hour walking tour. See architectural highlights like the Roman Theater and the stunning Malaga Cathedral while your knowledgeable guide shares tales from the city’s nearly 3,000 years of history. Step inside the awe-inspiring Alcazaba fortress, one of the highlights of any visit to Malaga. Enjoy a stop for light refreshments and the personalized attention of your private guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
$46.03 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
$46.03 USD

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