Magaluf Excursions: Park of S'Albufera
What sets The Park of S'Albufera apart from the other natural reserves in Mallorca is that this is mainly a wetland area. It’s easy to mistake the pristine lagoon at S'Albufera with a smaller one at Pollença. The beautiful lagoon here is quite simply called “the big one.” So ask the helpful park rangers for details before you head off to click pictures.
Covering over 2,500 hectares, its perimeter extends over 30 kilometres. The park comprises of the area of Alcúdia, Muro and sa Pobla, and is a short drive from Magaluf. The island holds extreme environmental and geographical value for the country and is well protected by laws. A chunk of the park is dedicated to the conservation and protection of natural creatures that call it home. Its flora and fauna are strictly protected and you can clearly see how firmly the authorities protect its natural wealth. It is due to their great efforts that the place has remained undefiled and pristine for so long.
Even after the stringent rules and regulations, their rulebook doesn’t get in the way of fun and enjoyment. People from neighbouring regions, such as Magaluf, flock to the island looking for underwater adventures and natural beauty. Much to the authorities’ dismay, you can often spot a merrymaker from Magaluf enjoying a skinny dip. Such activities are naturally frowned upon for the public’s safety and because this is a family playground.
The park is accessible by foot or on bicycles from the Englishmen’s Bridge. There is no entry fee. All they ask of you is to respect the sanctity of the Park. Visiting hours vary from summers to winters. Look for the schedule before making any plans. The park is not open after dark, no matter what the season, so plan accordingly. Arrive early and bring lots of liquids because the afternoons get mighty hot and trails aren’t easy to tame if you’re starting to feel dehydrated.