In the course of this route you can observe a beautiful landscape with lots of vegetation, as well as amazing views of Vejer and its surrounding area. The itinerary goes alonga natural pathway.
The itinerary stars on a path located next to the water-treatment plant. Walk along this path for approximately 1 kilometre until you get to a crossing. Take the way on your left and follow the course of the river for about 5 kilometres. While walking, you will be able to observe numerous species of birds and amazing views of the town of Vejer. This way branch off the river just next to the protected area, continues for approximately 500 metres and leads you back to the road and the starting point of this route.
In this area you can observe a contrast between the pine forest and dry farming lands which dominate most of the landscape. Moreover, you will also be able to see reedbeds, bulrushes, rushes and mastic trees (Pistacia lentiscus) next to the river.
The most abundant species nesting in this area are: the partridges (Alectoris rufa), the quails (Coturnix coturnix), the small buttonquails (Turnix sylvatica), the great bustards (Otis tarda), the wood pigeons (Columba palumbus), the little bustards (Tetrax tetrax), the storks (Ciconia ciconia), the bee-eaters (Merops apiaster), the swallows (Hirundo rustica), the swifts (Apus apus), the black kites (Milvus migrans) and the goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis)
LENGTH OF THE ROUTE: 9 KM APPROX.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: LOW
SLOPE GRADE: LOW
ESTIMATED TIME: 2,5 HOURS
START & END: WATER-TREATMENT PLANT
Places of Interest
- Livestock farm
The area stands out for the tasks carried out by the cowherds.
They consist of lakes reduced by the effect of man, canes, canals, estuaries and salt marshes. They are an idea place for numerous species of birds live.
- Bird-watching point
The area’s strategic location between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and between the continents of Europe and Africa makes it a witness of one of the most exceptional phenomena: migration. Numerous species of migratory birds which nest in Europe fly over the Strait of Gibraltar to look for a wintering place in Africa. This fact attracts the attention of ornithologists, naturalists and enthusiasts from all over the world.
The excellent climatic conditions of this area, the hospitality and joy of the people and a wide offer of tourist services an modern infrastructures will make this bird-watching activity an unforgettable experience for you.
- Hermitage of Nuestra Señora de la Oliva
It is a catholic temple located next to the road Vejer – Barbate, approximately 5 kilometres from Vejer. The current temple and was built in 1780 on an older construction dating from the Visigothic period.