What has Kiko seen in the Albufera Es Grau of Menorca?
Do you know what a large salt-water lagoon is? It is a lagoon that is near to the coast and meets together with the sea at some point. That’s why the water is made of a mixture: sweet and salty. Today I am going to visit the Nature Park of the Albufera of Es Grau.
Beetles and snakes
The first thing we do is stop at the Interpretation’s Centre Park. Lorena welcomes us. She shows us the animals and plants’ exhibition in the large salt-water lagoon. There are reproductions of beetles, fish, ferrets and snakes...what fun!
She also explains us that in the park you can take 3 different routes:
I recommend you to do the itinerary of La Gola. The road is fairly plain, there are many trees and is very pleasant to stroll along in the shade with this heat. In addition, this route ends at the beach and you can take a swim to refresh yourself, Lorena says.
Perfect! I answer. I have taken my swimming costume and towel with me, I’m ready!
Sea water entering the lagoon
We are on our way to Es Grau, the North of Menorca. We leave the car there and take the road to the entrance of the Natural Park. There is the large salt-water lagoon. It is very big, measuring 2 km long.
There is the bridge that goes over the lagoon. Under it, are gates that let the water of the sea come in. Like this, the oxygen and salinity of the lagoon regulates and allows the fish to leave or enter. We see many of them, some are very large. There are flat fish and swim between both waters.
Looking from the highest top
We follow the paths marked by the wooden walkways. They are placed on top of the green so it is well protected. We have reached one of the viewpoints from which we can see the landscape. There are signs indicating that it is forbidden to swim and fish. Well, you can fish eels but only in the winter and you need to have a special permission to do so.
We climb up a stone path that leads us to a new viewpoint. At the top there are some signs that explain the birds that can be seen in the area. From here you can also see Monte Toro. Do you remember the trip we made?
Butterflies and turtles
The salt-water lagoon of Es Grau is 70 hectares big and the whole Nature Park occupies more than 5.000 hectares. It is a much protected area because it is the home to many animals and plants. Birds that come from Northern Europe spend their winter here because they like the climate of Menorca.
Ducks and eagles live here all year round and when autumn approaches the herons with long legs walk along the lagoon. And, of course, there are turtles such as butterflies in all colors.
Among the trees, owls sing
The walk is beautiful and the shade of the trees allows us to enjoy the breeze. We hear a sound which is the hoot of an owl. We did not get to see it but is there among the branches of the large pines.
Soon it begins to smell of sea and soil, which recently was earth, becomes sand. I believe that we are approaching the beach.
The color of the sea always amazes me
There it is! We continue along the Camí de Cavalls. We want to see from above the Bay of Es Grau and all the dunes that surround it. The color of the sea is beautiful. It has many blue tones and although I see it every day I do not get tired of seeing it.
Now yes! We get our swimsuits on and get into the water! It is very good. Our friend Magda was approached by a cormorant. She splashes for it to go away but it stays and swims along her side almost to the shore.
Do you know what a biosphere reserve is?
In 1993 Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve because it has managed to protect its territory. The people living on the island collaborate to maintain its natural environment.
The Natural Park of the Albufera of Es Grau collects landscapes such as: the sea, the countryside, the cliffs, farmland and pastures for animals…Visiting this place helps us to get to know Menorca better.
For this reason, I will return. I want to know all about the other itineraries that cover different areas of the Park. I want to go to the Lighthouse Favàritx, see the taula and archaeological remains, and ... back to swim at the beach. Let's see if a cormorant will follow me all the way to Club Kikoland and I can show my friends. Have you ever seen a Cormorant? And have you visited the Albufera of Es Grau before?