CO-2. Guadalmellato

  • Coincides with sections of GR-48
  • Binoculars. Telescope recommendable
  • Mediterranean scrub and Holm Oak woods
  • Olive groves
  • Rivers and streams
  • Artifi cial wetland (reservoir)
  • Spring. Also worth a look in winter and autumn
  • Best to start at midday or mid-morning (depending on the time of year), timing the trail to end at dusk
Three iconic Córdoba rivers, Guadalbarbo, Cuzna and Varas, come together in a deep valley to feed Guadalmellato reservoir. The varied scenery on this trail ranges from the Cistus scrub and Junipers of the peaks to the dehesas and pastures of the dells, taking in also olive groves, rocky outcrops and patches of Mediterranean scrub. The flagship bird here is the Bonelli’s Eagle, vying for our attention with Golden, Booted and Short-Toed Eagles and Black Stork. Observant naturalists will also note the calls of the Iberian Midwife Toad, the fleeting beauty of the Wild Tulip or the singular Kermes Oak copses. More information in the book Birding and Nature Trails in Sierra Morena Cordobesa.

Text and images: Rafael Romero Porrino

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