The Natural Park of Albufera is a wetland area of great ecological importance. It extends over the districts of Alcúdia, Muro and Sa Pobla, and it is separated from the Bay of Alcúdia by an 8 km-long sand bar. It covers an area of around 2,584 hectares and has a perimeter of 32 km. It receives surface water from various torrents and the spring of Sant Joan, and sea water enters the area during summer. The main forms of vegetation are sorghum and ravenna grass, with saltwort rushes growing where the ground contains salt. The most notable trees are the tamarisks, elms and poplars. In terms of wildlife, birds are the most notable animal, with over 230 species, making Albufera a unique spot for bird-watching, with specially built hides within the park. Amongst the species that nest here are coots, moorhens, blue-crowned conures etc. Among the migratory birds are flamingos, and amongst the birds which spend winter here are wild ducks. Fish are present in abundance, such as eels, which are highly regarded within the regional cuisine here. There are also various amphibians and reptiles, such as small snakes and terrapins.
To reach the park´s reception centre, you have to take the straight road from Port d´Alcúdia towards Can Picafort, and you´ll find it after crossing the bridge which spans the Canal Gran where it flows out to sea.
The Reception Centre ´Sa Roca´
October to March: from 9 am to 5pm.
April to September: 9 am to 7 pm.