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“Water levels improving”

Tablas de Daimiel National Park
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Daimiel
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Reviewed 26 May 2015

Because of excessive water extraction by local farmers this wetland almost ceased to exist a few years back; there was even underground combustion of the peat! The authorities are now transferring water from elsewhere to maintain reasonable water levels, at least during the springtime.
I visited on two weekdays and the park is large enough to find peaceful areas away from the two visiting schools and one senior citizen tours. Birdlife is prolific and there is a raised area from which there is a 360º view of the wetlands with the low mountain ranges in the background. Quite beautiful and reposing. Will definitely return to "recharge my batteries"!

Thank cliffordchambers
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Reviewed 30 April 2015

This review is about the excellent expedition we had with Vincente who runs Natura Indomita birding tours. He took us to Daimiel which is a very nice park with easy walking on well-maintained boardwalks through a variety of water-based habitats. Vincente is a pro when it comes to bird identification and worked hard to make sure we could see as many as possible. We were very glad we went on a weekday as Vincente told us it can get ridiculously crowded on weekends. (Spain has a limited number of national parks, so they get used heavily.) While there were a number of school groups, they did not impede our birdwatching. However, I can imagine it would be a lot harder with a whole lot more people as the park is not enormous. Vincente then took us to some local birding "hot spots" that you would not be able to find without his help. Altogether, his efforts netted us about 50 different new-to-us species of birds seen including the uncommon white headed ducks, spotted crake and white winged tern.

Thank cslnh
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Reviewed 21 April 2015

There are 3 routes to take. If you want to explore all 3 and include some bird watching, you will need as minimum 3 hours. Was there today, very nice and calm. Very few people. Would recommend for nice time and walk in the nature.

Thank Diana_Berzina
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We set the GPS Navigator up for the park and it led us to the small visitors' centre. Here a very pleasant guide passed us a map and gave us itinerary suggestions.

There are plentiful options for guided tours where you will receive binoculars, but you can enjoy the visit without this. There are three walking routes from the visitors' centre. All are easy and are just a few kilometres. Most people, like us, took the 2km yellow route. This ends up in "La Isla del Pan" (Bread Island).

Before you start, do go into the little visitors' centre exhibition and look at the panels. It will show you what to expect and explain the ecosystem that you will see.

The visit is nicely organised. You walk along a short dirt track until the wooden bridges start that take you from island to island, over the water. A lot of the time initially you are walking through thick rushes and see little, but hear disturbances in the reeds. As you get used to looking, you start to spot things: ducklings playing hide and seek; shoals of baby fish on the surface, in the shallows, dragonflies, etc. As the walk continues, you start to walk over sections of more open water and see water birds of all kinds. Some of the water fowl seem to pass more time under water feeding than on the surface.

You reach the observatory on la Isla del Pan and, from its slightly more elevated location, get a view of the extent of the swamplands. If it is hot, you can sit and rest in the shade there before continuing. Here you can also find an explanation of the measures that are being taken to try to protect the this National Park from future droughts.

The next phase of the walk (if you are walking anticlockwise) takes in some of the most spectacular scenery. There are viewing points out in the water and a hide where you can sit and see birds flying within a few tens of centimetres of your face,

Originally, we thought that the walk would be around half an our but, in the end, we took nearly an hour and a half and wished that we had brought binoculars with us because there was so much to see and it was so spectacular.

NB: In summer you should remember that there is no cafeteria or food available for purchase. There is a machine that sells drinks: it is your only source of liquid!

1  Thank Rocket_man_in_ESA
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

This is a great spot in the summer for birds. We were there in the winter which limits the number of birds that you can see... However, you will want to go to the blinds that conceal you from the birds that they have in an enclosure. They are rehabilitating injured birds and some they keep for educational purposes. You can see a Marbled Teal (Duck) close up which you can also catch in the park outside the enclosure but just not so close. The other ducks and birds are easy to see without disturbing them too. It is worth seeing if only for the educational information! They have park information in English too. The boardwalks are easily accessible and are extensive in the marsh lands.

Thank Robert W
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