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Wild Olive Lagoon

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Wild Olive Lagoon

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This route, parallel to the lagoon from which it takes its name, allows you to reach different observatories from which to discover the aquatic fauna that frequents these wetlands. Different species are distinguished, depending on the time of year, one of the most peculiar and that is observed throughout the year, is the purple swamp, a bird with intense blue plumage and long red legs that finds one of its characteristic nesting areas in the wild olive tree.

In spring it will be easy to observe, perhaps with their chicks, other resident or summer birds that also breed in the lagoon: mallard, common pochard, little grebe, great crested grebe or martinete, among others. During the autumn and winter months, it is possible to distinguish the wintering species that arrive from the north in search of more benign climates: Gadwall, Wigeon, Red Duck, etc.

The fauna that can be seen is free, so it may be necessary to concentrate all your attention to see it. We recommend that you put your senses on alert and remain silent, discovering the avifauna of the lagoon will require paying attention to the movements of the vegetation, sounds and songs, changes in shapes and colors and so on.

The trail runs along wooden plank walkways, which adapt to the terrain and make the itinerary a comfortable and safe route. There is no unevenness to overcome, the entire path takes place practically at the same level. From the walkways you can access some cabins, as lookouts, which have observation posts lowered in height.

The trail is completed by retracing our steps back to the visitor center, where the trail ends. At the beginning of the route, before entering the El Acebuche Visitor Center, and accessible by means of a small adapted ramp that bridges a 5 cm difference in level, there are some adapted public toilets.

Along the path you will find various elements that refer to traditional uses, some of which have already disappeared, that the inhabitants of the area made of the resources that the territory offered them. Also pay attention to the constructive typology of the observatories; in the past, huts similar to these, built with palustrine vegetation, were the habitual residences of numerous workers and their families.


Near the Wild Olive (El Acebuche) Visitor Centre
Doñana Natural Park
One-way Distance
5,4 km
1 hour and 50 minutes
For people with reduced mobility, hearing and visual disabilities.
Opening hours:
16 SEP - 31 MAR: 08:00 a 15:00 h. y de 16:00 a 19:00 h | ABRIL: 08:00 a 15:00 h. y de 16:00 a 20:00 h | MAYO - 15 SEP: 08:00 a 15:00 h y de 16:00 a 21:00 h
How to arrive

Driving along the A-483 road, El Rocío - Matalascañas, take the exit at km. 12 indicating El Acebuche. Continuing for approximately two kilometers along a paved track, you will arrive at the El Acebuche visitor center whose patio you will find the start of this route.


  • Destination
  • Included
    Entradas al museo
    Salud y bienestar
  • Not Included
    Action and adventure
    Multipurpose room
    Picnic area
    Typical souvenir
    Visits inside the park

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