Day Trip to Fuente de Piedra

Fuente de Piedra is a small town in the province of Malaga, and it has about 2000 inhabitants. It is located 19 km from Antequera. It is famous for the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, which is a national reserve where flamingos breed, with the largest population of flamingos in Europe. The Romans called the town Fons Divinus (divine spring) because of the medicinal properties of the water in the lake. There is an interpretation center in the park where one can get explanations for the park. The marshes at the edge of the lake show the flamingos and their young, and one can walk along its edges and take nature pictures.

The water level in the lagoon affects the breeding of the flamingos. When the water level is high, there are more flamingo chicks that are born and there is more food for the flamingos. The flamingos feed on the zooplankton in the lagoon. When the water level is down, fewer chicks are born. There are many other bird species that go to the lagoon. Thirty four different bird species have been counted, and they all breed there. Birds that can be seen are cranes, eagles, herons. This place is the perfect place for bird watchers.

One has to have a car to see this place because there is scant public transportation.