Pink flamingos in Spring
We recommend our guests visit the very special Laguna de Fuente de Piedra a short drive from Cortijo Sabila. It’s also one of the best places in Europe to see huge numbers of PINK FLAMINGOS!
The lagoon is famous as being home to the largest colony of pink flamingos on the Iberian Peninsula and the second largest in Europe. Up to 20,000 mating pairs of flamingos have been registered here! That’s a lot of pink going on.
Around Fuente de Piedra Lake you’ll find olive groves and cereal crops. 6 km long, the lagoon covers an area of almost 1,400 hectares, the largest wetland area in inland Andalusia, and one of the biggest in Spain. It’s a favourite place for our guests to go for a few hours, along with the incredible karst limestone formations of El Torcal.
When is the best time to see the flamingos?
They arrive in late January usually and stay for 3-4 months but are at their highest concentration in early April. You’ll see them best if you get up early morning. They build nests on an island on the lake known as La Colonia. The view is amazing—the entire lake is covered by pink flamingos until the horizon.
But for bird watchers there’s so much more to see. Over 170 other bird species come to this lake to nest, to make stops on their migratory routes or to spend the winter, especially water birds such as the white-headed duck, the grey heron and the slender-billed gull, barn swallow, house martin, nightingale, grey heron, glossy ibis, and the whiskered tern.
The lake has public hides around it for bird watching.