The online translated definition of the word Charca is pond, but having been there recently I have to say its a cross between a pond and a marsh. The lakes and wetlands of La Charca de Suérez are the last of the great system of wetlands related to the River Guadalfeo delta. In the middle of the 18th Century it covered over one thousand hectares. To date over 140,000. square metres have been purchased by the Motril City Council to preserve the area and maintain the exceptional ecological value. In the last census, over 200 different species of vertebrates were identified, of that, 27 were singularly unique.
I passed by there on Friday evening about 4pm and had great luck in being able to identify several different species of water fowl and song birds. It is a great place to go and have a quiet walk on a level trail, easily traversed by even the most immobile of persons, so if you are a bird watcher, avid or otherwise, you surely won’t be dissappointed.
La Charca is located just minutes from Salobreña, and can be found not far from the restaurant Katena, also written Catena. It is on the Motril beach road, just prior to the camping area if approaching from the port. There is plenty of parking, and is a lovely way to spend a few hours of peaceful solitude broken only by your own oohs and ahhs. In other words, well worth the visit. I will be going regularly, and need to clarify the hours once more prior to posting them. Here are some of the birds I saw while there for an hour.
I will surely being going back on a regular basis and posting photos of each and every different species I find. If you have any questions, or I can be of any assistance just drop me a line.