El Clot de Galvany in Elx
With an area of more than 350 hectares, the Clot de Galvany stands as one of the natural parks the longest tradition in the Region of Valéncia. Ideal for visiting with your family or friends and enjoying watching wading birds such as the duck or the grey marbled teal.
Located between the rural areas of El Altet and Los Balsares, pretty close to Elx, this small plant oasis boasts of hosting different ecosystems inhabited by a varied flora and fauna. Clot de Galvany was closing over time in the form of a small basin separated from the sea until it became a natural space that oxygenates the region.
In El Clot, the traveller can contemplate several natural landscapes typical of this Mediterranean area, such as the most abundant: the salt marsh, surrounded by dunes and saline soils. It highlights some plant species such as bushes or evergreens. Around it, hares, wood mouse, shrews, and small birds of different sizes run around.
Birdwatching in the ponds
The ponds are the other great attraction of El Clot de Galvany. These are small, floodable areas with a thin layer of brackish water that serves as a home and a place for waterfowl to dive, such as the white-headed duck, the black-winged stilt, the little grebe, the Eurasian coot, etc. There are several viewpoints scattered throughout the park from where to observe the birds, crouched, without being seen.
Small elevations of steep relief become habitat for arboreal species such as Aleppo pine and several plants such as mastic, hawthorn, or chamaerops. An area not so lush, and due to the aridity of the land, an interesting terrestrial fauna coexists: lizards, redstarts, blackbirds, rabbits, snakes, starlings, long-tailed tits, or buzzards.
The traveller has no excuse to visit one of the most spectacular natural environments in the region. Hiking trails, such as the Nordic March, contribute to enjoy this area and its surroundings.