The Mar Menor

This is more than just one site, and can best be dealt with under four main headings:-

Calblanque by Mary Brazier
Calblanque by Mary Brazier

Calblanque – SAT NAV – N37 36.331 W 0 43.723. This is the area of the south coast below La Manga Golf Club, with a ‘wild’ beach and an old saltworks. Excellent for migrants. A big cliff up on the right has a pair of Bonelli’s Eagles, and Ravens are about too. You can see almost anything here. Beware of car-theft!

Las Urrutias – SAT NAV – N37 42.822 W0 51.484. This is a big, desolate area of ‘set-aside’ land just north of the village of that name. Always worth a look, it holds Lesser Short-toed Lark, is good in winter for a variety of larks and finches, as well as harriers. You may well find something else there!

Cabo de Palos lighthouse by Mary Brazier
Cabo de Palos lighthouse by Mary Brazier

Cabo de Palos (Mar de Cristal Salinas) – SAT NAV – N37 38.088 W0 43.007. A small saltworks just outside Cabo de Palos, reached from a complicated junction off the dual carriageway: Very good for Audouin’s & Slender-billed Gulls, as well as waders.

Cabo de Palos Lighthouse- SAT NAV – N37 38.007 W0 41.427. Can be a good spot for sea-watching in the right weather and the bushes below the lighthouse hold many small birds.