For travelers passionate about flora, fauna and for the bohemian nature enthusiasts, Parc de s’Albufera is a natural park, positioned between Alcudia and Can Picafort, in the north part of the island of Mallorca, that worth a visit. This is one of the largest wet land regions of the island.
The park of s’Albufera has modern facilities, to allow visitors to get to know better the fauna and flora present here. At the entrance, you will find an information point, where you can rent binoculars or bicycles and also find out important notices about the history of the park. Natural Parc de s’Albufera hosts over 200 species of birds, among them rare species as black-winged stilts and herons, seen especially from one of the observation points. Walking paths around it are properly maintained. You will be able to cross bridges, canals or go round the picturesque swamps, passing through the forest of elms and enjoy their natural shade.
The park of s’Albufera was declared natural reserve in 1988 (the first of this kind in Mallorca) and went through a process of restoration and preservation ever since. A special attention had the quality of the water found in its lakes, invaded by sea water initially but slowly, the affected section were isolated. During the winter, the park is a refuge for the birds coming from northern Europe, to survive the cold, in a well known annual migration process. Winter gives you the perfect opportunity to see black cormorants, tufted ducks, teals or pochards.
Entrance to the park of s’Albufera is allowed only for visitors coming by foot or on their bicycles. A strange detail – bicycles with more than two wheels are forbidden inside s’Albufera. The park is in easy reach from Alcudia, Platjes de Muro or Ses Fotges, but also close to the larger towns of Muro, Sa Pobla or Santa Margalida, coming from the western part of the island.