A walk through the encañizadas of the Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar regional park

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Published: July 28th, 2023

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Las Encañizadas is a unique corner of the Murcian coastline where you can find tranquillity and wild nature. To reach this place we recommend you to cycle about 4 km along the cycle path that starts next to the old Quintín mill. When you pass the second mill, the Calcetera, the east wind will bring you the smell of the Mediterranean and balls of salt foam will fly from one side of the path to the other, dyeing it white.

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Summer is not only the high season for tourists; the sea swallows join the party, drawing their sharp silhouettes in the sky as they return from the Mar Menor with a snack in their beaks. Their chicks are waiting for them with great appetite, as they are not yet able to fly.

The Encañizadas

This place, where the Mediterranean Sea and the Mar Menor meet, is a special spot for birds, as the abundance of food in the area due to the migratory movement of fish species makes it a very popular spot for thousands of birds. In winter we are visited by the osprey, the great egret, spoonbills and hundreds of waders such as sandpipers and stonechats that winter in the Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar Regional Park.

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Man has also known how to take advantage of this wealth, fishing in an intelligent and sustainable way since the Middle Ages, when the Arabs devised a labyrinth of reeds (encañizada) that allows the fish to be caught when crossing from one side to the other.

Punta de Algas

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The last of the beaches of La Llana will greet you with mountains of Posidonia oceanica that defend this paradise from the scourge of storms. Many waders feed among the remains of this marine plant. Meanwhile, seagulls and cormorants soar through the skies. If you look to the south you will see the esculls or reefs, rocky outcrops of volcanic origin covered with fossil dunes that extend off our coasts and form narrow passages of water in the Encañizadas gully.

Sunset over the Mar Menor

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On the way back, El Sol, faithful to its daily appointment, will say goodbye over the mountains of Murcia, but not before delighting you with a spectacle of orange lights and silhouettes of birds moving to their roosts in the Mar Menor.

Author: Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar Regional Park Information Service

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