San Pedro del Pinatar Salinas

San Pedro del Pinatar by Mary Brazier
San Pedro del Pinatar by Mary Brazier

The salinas of San Pedro del Pinatar require little in the way of a guide. Simply follow signs out of the town, to the northern ‘pincer’ of the Mar Menor, and you will find, when you have gone as far as you can go, a car-park on the left-hand side, with a boardwalk down to the beach.

It is worth checking out the beach for Whimbrel, Grey Plover and Turnstone, as well as small birds in the reeds on the way down, then it’s back to the car-park, and work your way back along the road on another boardwalk, with a big lagoon on your right.

In winter, this holds Pintail and other duck, as well as some good waders, and raptors often pass by. The larger salt-pans further back have good Greater Flamingo and Avocet numbers, as well as a lot of Slender-billed Gulls. Collared Pratincole breed here, and almost anything can turn up.

SAT NAV CO-ORDINATES – 37°49.418’N 0°45.653’W