Type of route Circular

Distance 9.1 km

Degree of difficulty Low

Duration on foot 2½ hours

Duration by bicycle 1 hour

Recommended time of year Spring, Autumn & Winter


The Lagunas de El Oso is the most important wetland area in the rural district of La Moraña, in the north of Ávila. Here there are steppe-land lakes, small wetlands, pools and marshes which are of particular interest due to the birdlife they attract.

This circular route, which starts in El Oso, passes through the Recreation Area of Las Lagunillas, and also visits two hides for the observation of aquatic birdlife. From these one may observe Common Cranes, -hundreds of them roost in the area around the lake, also present are the Greylag Goose which uses this location to overwinter and for feeding. One may also observe various species of ducks, such as Northern Shovelers, and Mallards, and waders like Godwits and Black-winged Stilts.

The route continues across the cereal-producing plains, giving views of Kites, Kestrels and Harriers. This municipality is also within the range of the Spanish Imperial Eagle. Within the surroundings of El Oso it is also possible to observe a variety of birds associated with urban eco-systems, including the White Stork, Barn Swallow, and House Martin.

Please Note: to enter the hides for watching birds it is necessary first to obtain the key, which is available in the bar El Oso.


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