A Guide to Birdwatching in Majorca

The best spots on the island for ornithology enthusiasts

Majorca is an enchanting island that draws visitors for many reasons – romantic trips, party seekers, beachgoers, and even birdwatchers. For such a small island, there's a smorgasbord of nature here, under the water, on land, and in the skies, making it a paradise for ornithologists. This rich diversity makes it an ideal destination for those planning their Majorca holidays.

  1. S'Albufereta Nature Reserve
  2. Ses Salines & Es Trenc
  3. La Gola Bird Observation Centre
  4. Boquer Valley
  5. Formentor Peninsula
  6. The Artá Peninsula
  7. The Tramuntana Range

Over recent years, as more areas in Majorca have been designated as nature reserves, an increasing number of companies now offer guided tours with local experts. These tours, a highlight among the many things to do in Majorca, maximise your chance of experiencing magical encounters in the island’s wild countryside. Here’s our guide to the best spots for birdwatching in Majorca.

1. S'Albufereta Nature Reserve

S'Albufereta nature reserve is loved among locals and tourists alike for its fabulous birdlife and the pleasant scenery – it’s a delightful spot for a walk, cycle or picnic. It’s a large, protected wetlands area just outside of Alcudia, stretching almost all the way to the sea.

From the observatories on the low land here, you can see the coast and the mountains inland, while also spotting myriad different bird species. Paths wind through lagoons, streams and canals, affording you glimpses of – if you’re lucky – osprey, Eleonora’s falcons and flamingos, as well as warblers, finches, nightingales and wading birds.

Wild ponies also share the oasis, adding to the magical atmosphere of the area.

Access: No parking. Red/yellow bus (352/353) stops outside the Kite&Surf shop

Bike hire: Huerzeler

2. Ses Salines & Es Trenc

While the two-kilometre, sandy beach of Es Trenc is a popular haunt for sun-seekers, the wetlands area behind it has become equally popular for nature lovers birdwatching in Majorca. The long, white-sand shore is backed by protected dunes and behind those is an extensive wetland area that’s a haven for wildlife.

There, flamingos, sandpipers, avocets and shelduck are all common sights, alongside many other wading and water birds who come to rest or breed here. You can also roll your birdwatching trip in with a visit to the Las Salinas d'Es Trenc salt pools. The team there runs tours to see the salt pools in action, learn about the history (and probably spot a few birds too), as well as sample and shop their artisanal products.

Parking: Off the Ma-6040, at the end of Es Trenc road

Salinas d'Es Trenc Tours: 10–11:30, 13–14:30, 16–17:00 Mon–Sat. Adults €10, kids €6.

3. La Gola Bird Observation Centre

Just behind the seafront in Port de Pollença lies an unexpected bird haven. La Gola is an ornithological information centre, full of interesting titbits for enthusiastic birdwatchers visiting the island. The park itself is a petite reserve where the Síller and Gommar rivers merge and meet the seawater, resulting in a brackish landscape.

Here, you may encounter egrets, cormorants and ducks, as well as the Sardinian warbler, stonechat, serin, crossbill, budgies and other migratory birds pausing on their long journeys.

Parking: Carrer sense nom

Ornithological centre: Carrer de Temple Fielding

4. Boquer Valley

The Boquer Valley, or Vall de Boquer in Catalan, is a popular walking route with a good chance of spotting birdlife as you hike. You can access the valley on foot from Puerto Pollença and hike on a wide, well-marked path flanked by epic mountainous terrain.

It’s not only home to breathtaking geology and interesting flora, but also draws some of the island’s top fauna too, thanks to its quiet atmosphere – you’re unlikely to meet many other people on your whole walk. Inquisitive wild goats are a common sight, but if you look to the skies, you’re also likely to spy vultures or eagles and other raptors scanning the valley for likely prey.

At the end of the walk you’re rewarded with a stony yet secluded beach and the chance to cool off in the clear, snorkel-perfect water.

Start: Just off Ma-220 roundabout, use “Die Cases de Bóquer” in map app

Access: Free parking by roundabout, or bus 301/321/322 stop 42058/7

5. Formentor Peninsula

One of the best ways to go birdwatching in Majorca is to take a hike through some of the island’s wilder corners. The Formentor Peninsula is one of the most accessible nature havens on the island – you can drive, hike, take a bus or cycle along it.

While it’s a popular and well-used route, most of the peninsula either side of the road is entirely wild and extremely popular with seabirds and migrant raptors, such as the honey buzzard, marsh harrier, osprey, black kite and booted eagle.

You’re too high up when walking on the peninsula to spot most of the seabirds, but you might catch a glimpse of peregrines nesting on the cliffs.

Parking: At lighthouse, Platja de Formentor or on-road by Finca Cala Murta

Bus: 334

6. The Artá Peninsula

The Artá Peninsula, or the Parc Natural de la Península de Llevant, is an attractive mountainous region in the northeast of Majorca, rising to over 500 m above sea level. It’s another fantastic birdwatching spot in Majorca. It is not as famous as the Serra de Tramuntana for hikes, but this area offers some of the best excursions in Majorca.

On hikes between Artá and Betlem and along the coast, you may spot peregrines, booted eagles, Balearic warbler, and blue rock thrush. Suppose you set out in the other direction, from Artá to Cala Mitjana o sa Duaia; not only will you discover an idyllic yet less-visited white-sand beach.

In that case, you may spot more warblers, eagles and even stone curlews or hoopoes.

Artá parking: Biggest is Carrer de s’Abeurador

Alternative start: Betlem, has parking & bus access

7. The Tramuntana Range

The Tramuntana Range is a huge mountain range forming the northern backbone of Mallorca and brimming with exciting places to hike and cycle. The mountain range is home to myriad special species like black vultures, griffon vultures, Egyptian vultures and Bonelli’s eagle as well as island favourites like ospreys, booted eagles, peregrine falcons, kestrels, Eleonora’s falcons and red kites.

Finding these incredible birds in such a vast and beautiful wilderness can be tricky, or a matter of pure luck, so some companies like Mallorcalpina offer guided bird watching trips to maximise your chance of spotting something memorable. If you prefer to go it alone, you could try driving between the Lluc monastery, in the tiny hillside village of Lluc, and the beautiful, aquamarine Cuber Reservoir.

Both this reservoir and the Gorg Blau are good places to spot birds on the wing, plus smaller warblers and chats at the water’s edge. From the Cuber Reservoir, you can access the Puig de sa Rateta walking area, or you could explore Puig de sa Bassa, a popular hiking zone near Fornalutx.

Mallorcalpina tours: 1–4 ppl, ~€55pp, 3.5 h (1.5 h walking)

Other tours: Mallorca Nature Tours (specific birdwatching), Mallorca Walks (general hiking)

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