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Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Routes & Birdwatching Sites

Cerro Alaminos

Apart for an interesting resident population of forest birds and raptors coming from the surrounding mountains, September is a good month to visit this site and enjoy the passage of migrating raptors on their way to The Straits.

These are some of the birds we can find (R = resident; MB = migrant breeding; P = on passage): Short-toed Snake Eagle (MB/P), Booted Eagle (MB/P), Bonelli’s Eagle, Black Kite (P), Honey Buzzard (P), Sparrowhawk (R/P), Peregrine Falcon, Swift (MB/P), Pallid Swift (MB/P), Alpine Swift (P), Bee-eater (P), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Crested Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Jay, Raven, Chaffinch, Common Crossbill and Rock Bunting.


The Cerro (hill) Alaminos is the highest peak at the east end of Sierra Blanca, a small mountain range situated south of Coin, in the Valley of the Guadalhorce District. It is a natural watchtower with magnificent views over the sea and also the pass between the Valley of the Guadalhorce plains and the Costa del Sol.

The south face of the Alaminos Hill hosts an aleppo and maritime pine forest with a pretty lush Mediterranean shrub layer while the south one, exposed to higher temperatures and affected by fires in the past, presents a much poorer scrubby vegetation cover.