The Guadalquivir & Coto Donaña from Sanlucar.
Only official tourist trips in
4x4 coaches penetrate
the reserve but productive bird
watching is possible
from a car along the rough agricultural tracks and pot holed
roads on the east side of the Guadalquivir.
continue ahead through the woodland on a rough track until a T
junction, where you turn
left. At a small works, a track leads left to Bonanza salines or right
on tarmac along the river (parts of the roads are so bad 4x4s take to
the dirt in preference).
From Trebujena, at a
roundabout in the centre there is a sign for Guadalquivir, follow it,
forking left once, just outside the village. (This is the best route
non 4x4s). As you approach the river, turn right and keep forking left
where possible, to reach the area of rice fields.
From Los Palacios y
find the bridge (on back streets) at the west of the town by a
building with tall
storage tanks and cross into the cotton and then rice fields. (This
part of the area
mostly has agricultural dirt tracks, some of these are fine in a car,
others are in part impassable without 4 wheel drive). Follow the
metalled road out of the town and at a junction near a lone industrial
building, turn sharp right (north) for a productive stretch of track,
when the surface changes to a different clay like material DO NOT
PROCEED in non 4x4s.
This agricultural road is passable in this car, but ahead the track
turns from gravel to slippery sticky mud that a sports car with 2 wheel
drive and confined wheel arches cannot cope with.
Birdwatching in Spain