Between Sa Pobla and Muro lies the S’Albufera Natural Park, over 2,500 hectares of protected wetland. This was the first Natural Park to be created in the Balearic Islands, through a declaration dating back to 1988.
S’Albufera receives rainwater from torrents and emergences of subterranean water, and the abundance of this element has given rise to the ensemble of ecosystems with most biodiversity on the islands, with over 200 species of birds, dunes, pine groves, swamps and salt marshes.
The vegetation of the wetland occupies an extensive area, and is dominated by large meadows, particularly of reeds and cat’s tail. There is also a great deal of bulrush and large orchids, and in the water in the canals and small lagoons aquatic species such as the common duckweed. The dune sandbar has beach vegetation on it, formed amongst others by European beachgrass, milk thistles and sea daffodils. Rushes and common grasswort grow in the more brackish areas. The most abundant trees are the tamarisk, the elm, the white poplar and the Aleppo pine.
The fauna here is especially notable, birds being the most relevant group found, with over 200 species of the 300 known in the Balearics. The aquatic birds stand out – great crested grebes, bitterns, little bitterns, purple herons, mallards, marsh harriers and water rails – as well as sedge warblers, ospreys and Eleonora’s falcons. Different groups of migratory birds find repose and food here.
The wealth of fish is also relevant in the park: 29 species, nearly all of them marine species, outstandingly the eel, the mullet and the turbot. There are just two amphibian species: frogs and toads. And the most important reptiles are the western ribbon snake and the tortoise.
There are four possible routes through the park, all of them perfectly signposted. You will find all the information you need to follow them in the Reception Centre, as well as printed material and a bicycle and binocular rental service for Green Card holders.
Inside the park there is also the Can Bateman Interpretation Centre, which contains didactic resources for supplying more in-depth information on the park.
The entrance is located on the Alcudia-Artà C-712 road, in the place known as Pont dels Anglesos. The "Sa Roca" Reception Centre is situated 1 km. from the entrance to the park.
Access is permitted on foot or by bicycle. Entry of motor vehicles is not allowed (with the exception of people with justified disabilities or handicaps), but there is a car park near the entrance.
Open all year round from Monday to Sunday. Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. April to September, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. October to March, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors’ Reception Centre: open all year round from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Free entry. A visiting pass must be collected from the Reception Centre.