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Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Birding Málaga

Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Refugio de Juanar

These are some of the birds that we might be able to find here in October: Red-legged Partridge, Golden Eagle, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Wood Pigeon, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Crag Martin, Robin, Black Redstart, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Ring Ouzel, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Wren, Pied Flycatcher, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Crested Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Jay, Raven, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Hawfinch, Common Crossbill and Rock Bunting.


The Refugio (hunting lodge) de Juanar is nowadays a mountain hotel located at the heart of the Sierra Blanca, the south end of the Sierra de las Nieves District. We will walk at around 880 metres above sea level on average across a very lush wooded area surrounded by hills and peaks well over 1,100m asl.

The vegetation is very diverse up here, with sweet chestnuts and olive trees as a sample of the traditional mountain agriculture, Aleppo and maritime pines as some of the most common species used in reforestations, and some exotic nonnative species like Monterey pine and eucalyptus, all surrounded, except the ploughed olive groves, by  abundant Mediterranean scrub.

Route On foot
Difficulty - Average