Megtekintve 3432 alkalommal, letöltve 88 alkalommal
közel Empuriabrava, Catalunya (España)
You first walk to the observatory 1 (Quim Franch) which gives you a good view of the ‘Estany del Cortalet’ lake. You walk back to the visitor center and then proceed south towards the cattle viewpoint (see waypoint), where I saw cattle egrets. You go on towards observatory 3 (Daines) which gives you a good view of a meadow with a lot of stork nests around it (the bill-clattering of the storks can be heard from the parking lot), and storks and fallow deer in the meadow. You continue south past observatory 4 (Bomba) towards observatory 5 (Pallejà). The path from the visitor center is largely in the shade and next to water until halfway observatory 4 and 5. The rest of the walk is largely unshaded. Soon after observatory 5 you come to large former rice fields (Estanys del Matà) where I observed flamingoes, black-winged stilts, egrets, herons and black ibis, among others. The track takes you to observatory Senillosa. This is a large rice silo which has been converted to an observation tower which gives you a marvelous view across the park, the sea, the Catalan countryside and the mountains towards the north. There is another observatory (Matà) here, and a sheltered picnic place. You then walk further around the Estanys del Matà. At the waypoint marked ‘camping access road’ you join the asphalt road from the GIV-6216 to the camping site (open only in summer). There were quite a few cars on this road despite the camping site being closed, so watch out for traffic. You walk for almost 1 km along this road and then turn left before the camp site and continue towards the beach. You pass observatory 12 (Les Arpelles) on the way. On the beach (see waypoint) there is an observation tower giving you a view of the beach inside the park which is closed-off in the breeding season. After taking a refreshing swim, you return towards El Cortalet, but now keep to the east side of the Estany del Matà. On the way, you can also have a look at bird observatories 10 (Bruel), 9 (Gall Marí) and 2 (Gantes). Especially Gantes is worth the visit: I saw a gull eating a freshwater crayfish, a red-crested pochard, and fallow deer on a small island, among others.
Only at the visitor center you can find something to eat and drink, but it is advisable to take something yourself. Perhaps in summer you can also get something at the campsite/near the beach. We did not have any trouble with mosquitos despite the wetlands, but this could be worse in the early morning and the evening, although there will be better observation of wildlife then as well.
From the visitor center you can also walk in the direction of Empuriabrava towards observation hut 14 (Roncaires) where you also have a view of Estany del Cortalet. Just before hut 14, there is a dirt bank on the left in which bee-eaters breed.
Do not forget your binoculars, and your swimwear…