If you are planning a trip to Mallorca with intention of doing some bird watching then the ideal places to stay are in the north of the Island which is only a forty minute journey from the airport. You will be close to the Tramuntana mountain range declared a World Heritage site in 2011 by UNESCO. This natural park is the geographical jewel of the Balearics and Spain and nobody can fail to be inspired by the extraordinary landscape and culture.
Most people choose to stay in one of four places depending on what sort of stay they are looking for these being Alcudia, Puerto Pollenca, Pollença old town and for those seeking real peace and quiet the stunning Cala Sant Vincenç.
The north of the Island is an outstanding destination as a magnet for migrating birds on their way to their breeding and wintering grounds as well as some great summer breeding species such as Eleonora’s Falcons and resident species such as the Black Vulture and Blue Rock Thrush not to mention the many breeding pairs of Booted Eagle. It is not unusual to see an Osprey fishing both over the beach or even the lagoon at La Gola.
If you choose to stay in this part of Mallorca you have the famous Albufera reserve just outside of Alcudia as well as the Albufereta both easily reached by public transport. If you choose Puerto Pollenca then within walking distance you have La Gola reserve as well as its visitors centre and valuable information is available here. You also have the amazing Boquer Valley just a short walk from selected hotels and you can enjoy fantastic scenery and spectacular views of the port from high above and then the breathtaking view where the valley meets the sea. Here the bird watching is fantastic with birds of prey regular, migrants such as Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Woodchat Shrikes and sometimes even a Golden Oriole the orchard at the entrance. There are also several pairs of the much sought after Balearic Warbler breeding here as well as both Blue Rock Thrush and Crag Martins.
The old town at Pollença set in the Tramuntana mountains is again only a short bus ride or a five minute drive from the port and here with its amazing squares, churches and museums you have the Puig de Maria overlooking the town and this is a great place for many birds. Black Vultures are regularly in the sky overhead but also many migrants in the winter it is alive with overwintering birds such as Blackcaps and Black Redstarts everywhere.
The main places of interest for both bird watching and visitors who appreciate the special culture of the Island can be found in the Tramuntana mountains especially around Lluc Monastery and the Cuber reservoir a must for bird watchers. The Tramuntana mountains is the largest national park on the Island covering an area of over 1000km2 and mountain peaks at over 1000m high. The park runs the entire length of the SW to the NE of the island and is a paradise for birdwatchers with a great list of birds to be seen.
Black Vulture, Booted Eagle, Bonellis Eagle, Osprey, Red Kite, Eleonora’s and Peregrine Falcons, Wryneck, Firecrest, Blue Rock Thrush, Cirl Bunting, Balearic and Montonis Warbler, Crossbill, Audouins Gulls, Ravens and many more.
Cap de Formentor is the most northerly point of the range with its famous lighthouse and can be reached from Puerto Pollenca by public transport in the spring and summer otherwise it is a short drive away. Here there is a large colony of breeding Eleonora’s Falcons present from May to late October but it is also good for many other species such as Balearic Shearwater in the winter and Balearic Warblers, Auduoins Gull and Blue Rock Thrush.
We know most people enjoying some bird watching on their holiday need much more to view and the Tramuntana has this in abundance with many places to visit such as the towns of Soller, Valldemossa, Deia and the Tamuntana visitors centre at Lluc monastery. It also has clearly marked walking routes throughout it and some amazing local cuisine at its many great restaurants coupled with a lovely climate it really is a very special place.
Birdwatching sites to visit:
Cap de Formentor
Isla de Cabrera National Park
La Gola Reserve
Mondragó Natural Park
S’Albufereta Nature Reserve
Sa Dragonera Natural Park
Son Bosc and Depuradora
For more information on some of Mallorca’s nature reserves and popular species of birds, both resident and migratory, click here