Hi there! We feel it could be interesting for you all having some information about a lovely place: the salty lagoons of La Mata and Torrevieja. These landscapes were declared as “Natural Park” by the Valencian Community in 1989, while its environmental values were worldly recognised since 1972 by RAMSAR. These areas are perfect for hiking routes and breathing in the fresh air and the comfort that nature offers.
Both lagoons have a total area of 3743 hectares located in Guardamar del Segura, Los Montesinos, Rojales and Torrevieja. However, it is in Torrevieja where we can find one of the main ones and it is also where we can find the exploitation of salt of the city itself.
Regarding the lagoon of La Mata, which has around 700 hectares of surface and it is 1,5 km from Torrevieja. As a matter of fact, both lagoons are separated by an anticline known as El Chaparral.
With regards to the native flora, it is composed by species which are able to resist the high level of salinity of the waters. They are found on the zones surrounding the lagoon. Because of the absence of aquatic plants, we can rarely find any plants; except for the so-called “Dunaliella”, seaweed that makes the waters have a red colour. The most common species in these areas are reed, rushes and tamarit.
As for the fauna, on the one hand flamingos (up to 2000 specimens) and black zambullins (around 3000 specimens) stand out. On the other hand, we can discover some avian species such as storks, white tarros, grey eaglets, avozets… amongst others. The best way to see the waterbirds when visiting the lagoons is to take a telescope or some binoculars.
We hope you feel curious, and maybe, visit them. We think it is worthwhile.
See you soon!