Going into the Natural Park of the Lagunas de la Mata and Torrevieja, in Alicante, is going into a natural paradise of the Valencian Community, where you can enjoy 3,700 hectares, its fauna, its flora and a quiet outdoor tourism proposal.
In the region of the Vega Baja del Segura, between the municipal areas of Guardamar Del Segura, Torrevieja, Los Montesinos and Rojales, is the Natural Park of Lagunas de la Mata and Torrevieja, an enclave turned into a tourist attraction for big lovers of nature and one of the 22 natural parks that are distributed throughout the Valencian Community.
In this area of Alicante, we find two lagoons separated by an anticline known as El Chaparral, a channel that joins both depressions, which are also artificially linked to the sea through another channel known as El Acequión.
The Torrevieja lagoon, with 1,400 hectares, serves as a pipeline since the good quality of the salt was already observed in the 13th century, while the one of La Mata, with 700 hectares, acts as a heating deposit. Both wetlands, in addition, constitute an important nesting and wintering area for more than a hundred birds such as flamingos, black-necked grebes or different species of ducks.
The traveller can find in this environment a real natural treasure. In addition, although any tourist can enjoy the landscape and its habitat, those who are very fond of observing animals and plants feel like they are in paradise.
The park is mainly defined by saline lagoons, salt marshes, ravines, wadis and agricultural areas. In these spaces, vegetation produces samples from wet and dry salt marshes, where halophytes communities star, that is, plants that are characterized by living in territories where salts abound.
Between the species that can be contemplated along this place, we can highlight, for example, the flamencos – with concentrations of up to 2,000 individuals, the stork, the white jar, the Montagu’s harrier, the imperial heron, and the avocet among others. In addition to the above, populations of black-footed plover, common tern, little tern and stone curlew can be seen especially near the lagoons.
To complete the tourist day it is advisable to visit, in the surroundings of this area, the towns of Torrevieja, a tourist centre in which its salt marshes stand out, the Sea and Salt Museum or the old lookout tower of La Mata. You can also taste Torrevieja’s cuisine in any of the establishments that are distributed around town and in which there is no shortage of specialities such as the popular stew, made with rice and rockfish broth.
This destination also invites you to discover its gastronomic delights, through elaborations such as rice with rabbit and snails, sea breams, groupers, sea bass, sole and the popular shrimp from Guardamar. A product of the sea that, together with the ñora – spicy red pepper that dries in the dunes and with which the stews and rice are enriched – it stars in the Gastronomic Week of the Nyora i el Llagostí (Spicy red pepper and Prawn Gastronomic Week), an annual event that brings together the town’s restaurants under different gastronomic proposals.