Laguna del Rincón Natural Reserve
One of a series of inland saline lakes dotted around southern Cordoba province, the 3.2ha Laguna del Rincón and its protected environs covers a total of 138ha and attracts numerous wildfowl in winter. It is also an important breeding site for birds. Like Laguna de Zóñar and Laguna Amarga, it is permanent. There is a bird hide at the lake.
It is one of six wetland sites in southern Cordoba, all of them natural reserves. The others are: Laguna de Zóñar, Laguna del Conde, Laguna de Tíscar, Laguna de los Jarales, Laguna Amarga and Laguna de Rincon.
The Centro de Visitantes Zóñar is at the Zonar Lagoon reserve and has information on all the lakes so is a good place visit first. It is located on the A-304 just south of Aguilar de la Frontera. Leave the A-304 at the roundabout at km 4.3 and follow signes for Zoar lagoon on the old road. Tel: 957 335 252. It has a car park, bird hides and information on the lake. There are also two trails around the Zonar reserve, the Sendero Botánico La Carrizosa and the Sendero del Observatorio, both at the visitors' centre.
From Aguilar de la Frontera take the CP-101 road south towards Moriles. The track leading to the lake is on the right hand side and is signposted is at Km 4.5 on this road.
Growing on the lake fringes are predominantly reedbeds, like phragmites australis, with occasional bulrushes (scirpus tabernaemontani) and tamarisks (tamarisk gallica, t.canarensis). On the northern shore are hard rushes (juncus inflexus), roundhead bulrushes (scirpus holoschoenus), and bermuda grass (cynodon dactylon). The lake is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.
Like the other wetland sites in southern Cordoba, the lake has many white-headed ducks, red-crested pochards, purple gallinules, grebes, coots, moorhens, reed warblers and occasionally flamingos.
Aguilar de la Frontera