Palos Area

The wetland tour of the Palos area

Purple Swamphen
4 hours


Trip into the wetland in between the mouth of the river Tinto and Doñana Natural Park, visiting different reserves amongst the industry and the strawberry fields.

An oasis of birdlife by the river Tinto

Beyond the mouth of the river Tinto and before the Doñana area, there is an oasis for the wildlife between the industry and the strawberry fields. We visit the edge of the river to look for waders and seabirds. Then, many water birds are waiting for us at the Domingo Rubio´s Creek and the restricted area of the Lake Primera de Palos that was recently restored by the oil company.

Possible birds for the checklist:

Residents: Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Flamingo, Squacco Heron, Red-crested Pochard, Hoopoe, Tree Sparrow, Purple Swamphen, Waxbill, Penduline Tit.

Winter Birds: Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Great Egret, Osprey, Black-tailed Godwit, Greylag Goose, Snipe, Cormorant, Bluethroat, Water Pipit.

Summer Birds: Savi´s Warbler, Purple Heron, Bee-eater, Little Bittern, Gull-billed Tern, Booted Eagle, Whiskered Tern, Subalpine Warbler.

Migrants: Garganey, Temminck´s Stint, Spotted Redshank, Whinchat, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Redstart, Willow Warbler.

Route locations

To the east of Huelva City, on the other side of the river Tinto, there is a fantastic collection of lakes and marshes that are home for a huge variety of birds. We visit the saltmarshes on the edge of the river, the Estero Domingo Rubio and the lake Primera de Palos, all of them in the council of Palos de la Frontera where Christopher Columbus set off in August the 3rd 1492.

Duration time

The duration of the trip depends on the meeting point, the numbers of birds that come across and the interest in the special species. Normally we will spend around 4 hours.


45 Euro per person.

50 Euro per person with hotel pickup.

Minimum 4 people to go or 180 Euro (+30 Euro with hotel pickup).


All year round although we recommend to do the trip in the morning in the winter and the evening in the summer.


All our guides speak fluent English and the tour can be done in French, Portuguese or Catalan on demand.

Checklist available in different languages.


Pickup can be arranged from any accommodation or any meeting point within the province of Huelva. For long distances, a fuel fee might be charged.

We use vehicles according to the group size. Usually a 9-seater minibus for up to 8 customers although larger groups can be taken in small coaches and buses.

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