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Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

Laguna de Fuente de Piedra (Fuente de Piedra Lake) Nature Reserve is located in the northwest of the province of Malaga. With an extension of 1,486.59 hectares, it is located in the municipality of Fuente de Piedra and belongs to the endorheic complex of lagoons in the Antequera area. The shape of the lake glass is elliptical, with its dimensions of 2.5 km on its minor axis and 6.7 km on its major axis. The rains constitute the only entrance of water to the system, divided between direct precipitation on the lake, surface runoff and underground contribution. The only outlet for water from the lake is by evaporation, which determines its closed or endorheic character.
Lake view from Cerro del Palo View of the lake and the village of Fuente de Piedra Group of flamingos Sunset at the lake Flamingos at the lake

Laguna de Fuente de Piedra is the largest lake in Andalusia and offers a privileged enclave for the reproduction of the pink, winter flamingo and the migratory passage of various birds. The lake is home to the largest colony of flamingos on the Iberian Peninsula and the second largest in Europe.

Due to the type of substrate, the evaporation of water causes the salt to crystallize on the surface. The exploitation of this resource, which was abandoned around the 1950s, dates back to Roman times. The old dykes, walls and channels used for this purpose turn out to be essential today for nesting flamingo and other species of waterfowl.

The landscape of this area, of very soft relief and covered with fields of olive trees and cereal, is dominated by the enormous lake, in which the ecological interest for the important colony of flamingos that it houses, is joined by the scenic beauty of its extensive sheet of water. Even in dry years, when the level of the lake decreases, the spectacular nature of the area disappears.

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