La Janda

Cadiz, Andalusia  >  Spain

La Janda - the famous drained lake, turned agriculture/ wetland.

Added* by James
Most recent update 12 February 2020


It's possible to spend all day here, such can be the rewards, especially in Spring when any Western European migrant is possible.



From the E-5, the track opposite the A-2227 turn off to Zahara los Athunes is commonly used as a starting point when coming from Tarifa (see the map for the other access points if approaching from Vejer de la Frontera or Benalup).

Once you reach the rise at the canal, it's best to turn left, following that track all the way to the end, (careful of occassional pot-holes), at which point you can either turn right for a 10km+ adventure to Benalup, or turn left back towards the E-5. Both tracks can be rewarding depending on how much time you have, flooded areas and the season.

You can stop anywhere on the tracks of La Janda as long as you pull over as much as possible. Some areas are devoid of traffic but others may have farm vehicles depending on the stage of the harvest.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Agriculture


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn , Autumn migration , Spring migration


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The roads are relatively rough but that doesn't stop birders from visiting. Care may be required with pot holes.

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