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Mallorca 14. Capdepera Lighthouse – Alcanada Lighthouse – Stage 2

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Capdepera Lighthouse – Alcanada Lighthouse -Stage 3
Stage 3: Artà – Albufera de l’Alcúdia

Arta knows the combination of heritage, tradition, modernity and tourism that make the village a must to reach the wettest area of the island, Albufera of Alcudia a place where you find a great ecological value and fauna.

Heritage, tradition, modernity, nature and tourism make this corner of the island a must see place if you want to return for some moments to the true Mallorca. Artà is on the north-eastern area of the island and has a surface of 140 square kilometres, with a 25 kilometres coastline preserved in its natural state. Their support for a sustainable touristic model makes Artà the home for a Natural Park and a Marine Reserve. Furthermore, Artà hosts extraordinary heritage elements reflecting the history of the town and the island

Between Sa Pobla and Muro there extend more than 2,500 hectares of wetlands: S’Albufera, today declared a Natural Park. Dunes, pine groves, marshes and salt flats, inhabited by more than 200 bird species who rest and breed on these reedbeds rich in fish and nutrients. In the past, the Albufera was much more extensive, and it is said that during the Roman occupation these waters might have been two or three metres higher.

The ecosystem we can visit today is partly the outcome of human actions. In the 19th century, a British company undertook a vast drying operation in order to plant crops on these rich lands. However, the project was later abandoned and the lands recovered their original vegetation. There is no question as to the richness of this region: the lands abutting the Albufera are the most fertile and productive on the island.

The park has four routes to help visitors appreciate the vegetation in this wetland: reeds, rushes, elms and poplars are the most populous species. From the sighting huts you can watch the movements of aquatic birds like the bittern, the grey heron and other birds like the moustached warbler, whose most important population in Europe is located in this park. If you’re lucky, you might also spot an osprey or an Eleanor’s falcon which come to S’Albufera in the summertime looking for food.

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