Mouth of the Guadalhorce Natural Beauty Spot
This 67-hectare area lies entirely within the municipal boundaries of the city of Malaga. It was awarded official Natural Beauty Spot status with the passing of Law 2/1.989, which introduced the Inventory of Protected Natural Areas in Andalusia.
Near the mouth of the River Guadalhorce, between the city of Malaga and the sea, lie a series of lagoons, mostly former gravel pits that have now been restored. The area is also home to the longest stretch of unspoilt beach on the whole of the Malaga coastline.
In spite of its small size, this protected space is of immense ornithological interest due to the variety of different habitats created by the permanent wetlands that make up most of the area, and also its proximity to the Straits of Gibraltar, a confluence point for one of the main migratory routes taken by birds flying between Europe and Africa.
To help you observe both the countryside and the wildlife of this natural beauty spot, the Ministry of the Environment has set up 5 observatories as well as marking out two paths, Laguna Grande and Rio Viejo.More