Parque Natural de la Marjal de Pego-Oliva

Valencia/Alicante  >  Spain

Marsh area of 1248 ha with calcareous fresh and salt water, surrounded by mountains, rice fields and orange groves.

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Most recent update 15 May 2024


Parque natural del Marjal de Pego-Oliva is a nature reserve in the municipalities of Pego and Oliva on the east coast of Spain. The area has been designated as a wetland under the Ramsar Convention. The reserve is 1248 hectares and consists of swamp and surrounding rice fields. It is precisely this combination that results in a habitat for a number of internationally endangered marsh birds. Species such as Purple Swamphen, Squacco Heron, Purple Heron, Little Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Greater Flamingo , Gull-billed Tern, Cattle Egret, Moustached Warbler, Black-winged Stilt , Iberian Grey Shrike , European Bee-eater, Collared Pratincole, Booted Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Great Reed Warbler, Audouin's Gull, Whiskered Tern can be observed in the area. The combination with surrounding orange groves leads to the presence of, among others, Eurasian Hoopoe, Red-necked Nightjar en Woodchat Shrike. Eleonora's Falcon comes foraging from the mountains.



The Natural Park is accessed via the N-332. The Olive-Pego road skirts the northern border of the Park, whilst the El Vergel-Pego (province of Alicante) road constitutes the southern limit. There is also a bicycle lane and various rest areas. There is a road that runs through the Natural Park. The area is easily accessible on foot and by car. There is also a bicycle route.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Mountain , Agriculture



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn migration , Spring migration


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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