Marismas de Sancti Petri Natural Park
Part of the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, this 170ha protected area of saltmarsh is interesting for its rich birdlife. Sancti Petri was a fishing village but is now largely abandoned, overtaken in importance in its new incarnation, the modern tourist complex of Nuevo Sancti Petri. This area around the saltmarsh is somewhat built up, with golf courses and hotels to the south.
Take the CA2134 from Chiclana and look to the right before you get to Sancti Petri over the marshland. Turn right to Sancti Petri, from where there are good views across to the saltmarshes. Or take a boat trip from Sancti Petri that goes around the saltmarshes.
The vegetation is typical of a saltmarsh, with halophyte plants dominating like glasswort (salicornia europaea).
There is a wide variety of waterfowl and seabirds; egrets, grebes, herons, flamingos, avocets, ospreys, gulls, storks, spoonbills, terns are among those here. There many more birds here in winter than at other times of the year.