Birdwatching in Monegros
The region of Monegros is a paradise for birdwatchers. A few kilometers from Villanueva de Sigena you can find "La Laguna" of Sariñena which is one of the largest lagoons in Spain and which offers the best conditions for observing waterfowl in Aragon. The past 15 years have seen more than 200 species of birds. Those sighted include: the great crested grebe, cormorant, cattle egret, heron, purple heron, large egret, mallard, pintail, marsh harrier, osprey, etc.
Sariñena Lagoon is the destination for some 12,000 birds that winter there. It plays an important role as a resting and feeding area for over 100,000 birds included in the flyway.
Furthermore, the location of the Lagoon in the north of Monegros, makes it possible to find birds that live in the dry plains and in the water, for example, the marsh harrier, red kite, sparrowhawk , booted eagle, kestrel, peregrine falcon, common crane, little bustard, Eurasian Stone-curlew, Alpine Swift, Bee-eater, hoopoe, Southern Grey Shrike etc.
Sariñena Lagoon offers visitors the following:
• Interpretation Center (with audiovisual and permanent exhibitions)
• Recreation area with botanical garden
• Bird Observatory walk from the Laguna
• Various materials and informative publications
The Interpretation Centre is open every weekend and on public holidays from 10am to 2pm and 3pm to 6pm in Autumn-Winter and 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm in Spring-Summer. Admission is free.
You can also make a circular walking route around La Laguna. (11 km)
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours