Laguna de Fuente Piedra, Andalucia

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Fuente de Piedra Lagoon is a wetland located in the Málaga province of Spain. It is used by the greater flamingo for its annual reproduction cycle, constituting the largest colony on the Iberian Peninsula of this beautiful and delicate bird. The lagoon is fed by underwater springs that pass through mineral salt deposits, so the lagoon is saline - indeed salt was harvested until recently.

The lagoon covers an area of 13 square kilometres (5.0 sq mi). It is elliptical in shape. Its major axis is 6.8 kilometres (4.2 mi) and the minor one is 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi). However it is very shallow; in a good year it is less than 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) deep at its deepest point.

Evaporation is a major factor for the lagoon. The flamingos need a certain amount of water to breed and will desert the eggs if the lagoon dries out too soon.
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  • Nice couple of hours walking here. We parked in the (free) carpark and explored the visitor centre (it's in Spanish). Then went for a walk and saw the flamingos on the laguna. I'd recommend for an...  more »
  • Plenty of flamingos. In summer some of the lakes are dried up. Not much opportunities for hikes, just some miradors very close to the parking lot.  more »
  • Great experience. It is better to watch the flamingos at the smaller bay though, they are better visible.
  • Truly outstanding if you enjoy nature, well worth a visit. Wild Flamingos as well as a wide range of other birds - including a family of Storks.

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