Marismas de Isla Cristina Natural Area

Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park

The Marismas de Isla Cristina Natural Area is a small wetland reserve covering two square kilometres. It is located between the northern edge of Isla Cristina village and the Carreras estuary to the east and Ayamonte and the Guadiana estuary to the west.

There is a footpath and cycleway called the Sendero de Molino Mareal de Pozo del Camino (vía verde – green route) which is located a couple of  kilometres north of Isla Cristina.  This particular route was originally a railway line which ran from  Pozo del Camino to Ayamonte.

The Marismas de Isla Cristina Natural Area is home to waders, terns and gulls most of the year.  During migration times you’ll see flocks of spoonbills and Kentish plovers. Other birds seen here are storks, spoonbills, bee-eaters, hoopoes, flamingos, black-winged stilts and marsh harriers.

The marismas’s vegetation is predominately glasswort.  The sand dunes play host to pine and juniper trees.


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