One of Europe’s most significant wetland reserves, Doñana National Park is a large protected area spanning nearly 3,000 square kilometers across three regions of Spain. It is known for its expansive amount of migrating birds, which visit seasonally from across Europe and Africa. Bird species vary depending on the ecosystem, and Doñana has marshes and streams, coastal dunes, and Mediterranean scrubland. Las Marismas, the name given to the delta of the Guadalquivir River and the Atlantic Ocean, is what created much of the unique landscape of this special place.
Once a hunting ground for Spanish royalty, the grounds were threatened as water was rerouted for agricultural purposes. There are also badgers, Spanish red deer, mongooses, and wild boars that call the lands home — with the rare Spanish imperial eagle and Iberian lynx occasionally spotted. Conservation and protection of the environment is now a top priority. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The national park is located in Andalucia, Southern Spain. It spans the provinces of Huelva and Seville. Due to conservation, access to the park is strictly controlled. Five visitor centers across the area can help you plan your visit. Private vehicles are not allowed to enter the park.