H-12. Family-friendly trail: Source of the river Odiel

  • Signposted throughout as part of a short-distance hiking route
  • Binoculars. A camera might also come in handy
  • Mixed dehesa of Cork Oaks, Portuguese Oaks and Holm Oaks
  • Riverside copses and thickets
  • Scrub
  • Spring-summer (March-September); winter can also be good
  • The fi nal hours of daylight
The River Odiel, Huelva’s iconic watercourse, is officially born in Marimateos. Around it grows the fabulous Dehesa de La Orapía, a thinned-out grazing wood with huge Portuguese Oaks, Cork Oaks and Holm Oaks. Pride of place among the birds goes to Iberian Chiffchaff, Wryneck, Hawfinch, Crag Martin, Melodious Warbler and Cirl Bunting. The Spanish Funnel-Web Spider, the Southwest Iberian Worm Lizard and the scarce Southern Hawker add a further dash of interest to this trail. More information in the book Birding and Nature Trails in Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche.

Text and images: Rafael Romero Porrino

Detailed H-12 trail description

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