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Laguna de Gallocanta – A Natural Reserve

La Laguna de Gallocanta combines two protected environmental areas and it lies between the provinces of Teruel and Zaragoza. It is not only a Natural Reserve but its fundamental ecological functions as wetlands and its value have been recognized in Ramsar Convention. Both awards confirm that we are facing what experts recognized as the largest salt wetland on the Iberian Peninsula (1400 acres flooded, 6,720 taking into account the entire protected area), and the best preserved salt lake in Western Europe.

Its strategic location on the migratory routes of birds from the South of Europe and allows different species of birds, -gulls, diving ducks and coots-, to use the lake during the winter and the breeding season every year. Sometimes, it has come to host 100,000 specimens, becoming a referent in Europe for the study and enjoyment of ornithology. Flora in La Laguna de Gallocanta, and concretely halophilic species, (those that support high salinity) is really remarkable, not to mention the extraordinary fauna inhabiting the place

In its Theme Center, located between Tornos and Bello, you can get all the information to enjoy this exclusive landscape, and you can make excursions and routes to observe and interpret the environment. In the months of November and February, coinciding with the arrival and departure of the cranes, the vicinity celebrates El Festival de las Grullas. For three days you can take part in different activities related to the preservation and dissemination of this space, as the observation of the cranes at dawn and dusk, their banding, or enjoying environmental workshops for children, etc. All these activities take place in a joyful atmosphere in which there are also traditional games, the streets markets or traditional music performances.

Centro de Interpretación de la Laguna de Gallocanta
Crta. Tornos-Bello s/n … 44232 Bello, Teruel (Spain) … Tlf.: (+34) 978 734 031

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