Of all the Balearic Islands, Majorca is one of the most popular for nature lovers. Although it might lack the high-profile nightlife of Ibiza, it does offer a range of opportunities for visitors to get outdoors and enjoy nature.
Whether you are interested in swimming, sailing, scuba diving, golfing or cycling, there is no shortage of spots where you can enjoy your passion in northern Majorca. Birdwatching, in particular, is especially popular in the northern part of the island. Although it is possible to spot a range of birds from just about any spot on the island, using this guide can help you to narrow down the best spots to look and what birds to keep an eye out for. Read on for a list of the best birdwatching sites in northern Majorca, tips for birdwatchers and the types of birds you are most likely to see on the island.
S’Albufera Natural Park: Anyone who has been to Majorca for birdwatching can attest to the fact that the S’Albufera Natural Park is the best spot on the island for the activity. The park is the largest wetland in the Balearic Islands, and it is made up of wetlands and marshes that were once a single lagoon separated from the main island. You might be shocked to learn that over the past few years of observation, more than 271 different bird species have been found in the park. You will want to keep your eyes open for the ducks, heron, starlings and a number of different waders. S’Albufera Natural Park is quite close to the town of Alcudia, but keep in mind that entry is only allowed on foot or by bicycle.
Cap de Formentor: Just next to the small and charming town of Port de Pollença is Cap de Formentor, or the northeastern tip of the island of Majorca. If you are interested in spotting the birds in this area, park at the popular viewing platform called Mirador. From here, use your binoculars to try and spot local species like the common Balearic Warbler and the very rare Eleonora’s Falcon. A short walk to the nearby Formentor Lighthouse will bring you to an impressive display board with information about the Balearic Shearwater, which you can try to spot from this vantage point. If you are in Majorca during the spring, it will be worth an additional 15 minute walk to the Cases Velles. This forested area provides shelter for buntings and flycatchers, among other bird species.
Sóller: This beautiful town is located right in the heart of the Serre de Tramuntana mountain range, and it is known for being home to a number of birds of prey that seek out these high elevations. From the city center, you can walk right up to the mountain trail and the vantage point marked as Escorca. At this destination, you will want to keep your eyes open for birds of prey like the Booted Eagle, the Crag Martin and the Black Vulture.
Tips for Birdwatchers: This popular pastime can be enjoyed throughout the year, but there can be no doubt that the best time to spot birds is in between the months of April and June. This is typically the spring migration season for many birds, so you will get great opportunities to watch birds in flight rather than while nesting. Also keep in mind that during the autumn and winter, you may have a harder time identifying birds based on their plumage and coloring due to natural winter molting.
If you are an avid birdwatcher, you will thoroughly enjoy the great opportunities in the northern part of Majorca.