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Alcornocales national park
This beautiful natural park is located in Seville and it’s surrounded by Tarifa to the south and by the Sierra de Grazalema to the north. Its natural beauty shows us what the Spanish dense forests could have looked like in the past.
Los Alcornocales flora
This natural park has quite a varied flora, and the most common tree in this area is the eponymous cork oak (quercus suber). We can also find other typical trees such as the holm oaks, the Portuguese oaks and the typical Mediterranean olive trees. Along the rivers we’ll find a wide variety of ferns, holly trees, white poplars, etc..
The park’s fauna
The park is home to a wide variety of birds of prey, up to 18 different species, including eagles, kestrels, goshawks, sparrow hawks, etc.. On the rocky peaks we’ll find the colonies of Egyptian Vultures.
If we follow the river we’ll be able to spot kingfishers, sand martins and dippers.
Due to Gibraltar’s proximity, we’ll also find several migratory species during the spring and the autumn.
The Alcornocales park is also the home of a large variety of bats. 20 different species of bats live in the caves of the park.
How to get to the Alcornocales park
It’s easy to get to by car, on the road that crosses the park through the northern area. The cities and villages located near the park are: Alcala de los Gazules, Benalup, Castellar de la Frontera, El Bosque, Fascinas, Jimena de la Frontera, Los Barrios, Tarifa and Ubrique.
Los Alcornocales has numerous secondary roads and paths that cross it.
We’ll come across two information centres for the visitor: Huerta Grande to the south of Algeciras on the Km. 96 of the coast’s N-340. El Aljibe is situated in Alcalá de los Gazules, on the road to Benalup on the Km. 1. If you wish, you may also contact by phone on 956 679 161.
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