Tourism in Comarca del Jiloca (Teruel)

Track through the Gallocanta lagoon

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This circular route starts and ends at the Interpretation Centre of the Gallocanta lagoon, which is located in the road that links Tornos and Bello towns. It allows you to go around the lagoon at a prudential distance, trying to disturb at minimum the ecosystem. The access is free while respecting the signs indicating the itinerary. Due to its 32 kilometres long, it is intended to go over it by car or bicycle, although it can be done on foot completely or just some of the stretches. Practically the entire route passes through rural roads, except a 5 km long section between Bello and Tornos. During rainy seasons, precautions should be taken because some stretches of the path may be swamp.

Along the way there are some bird observatories you can visit around the lagoon. It is recommended to start from the Interpretation Centre, where the staff of the Aragon Natura network will inform you about the best options to enjoy your visit. Afterwards, you should continue towards Tornos, then turn off to the left taking the marked track where you can continue the tour and soon you will arrive to the El Cañizar Observatory tower, a location from where you will enjoy an extense view of the Tornos and Bello´s saline fields and observe different bird species like cranes and gooses in winter, Hen´s and Montagu´s Harriers, buzzards, kestrels, etc…It is also possible to spot some mammals like foxes, roe deers and wild boars.

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Prados salinos

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Observatorio de El Cañizar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing the itinerary, and going along the edge of the lagoon complex, you will pass soon to the neighbouring region of Daroca. Once you pass through the Gallocanta village, you can visit some observatories like the Los Aguanares, very close to the cranes resting area, another one called La Ermita, in the Virgin del Buen Acuerdo´s chapel and nearby the viewpoint of the same name from which you will have a magnificent view, or the one called Los Ojos, close to a water emergence that supplies the lagoon and a good place to observe the entrance of the cranes at sunset.

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Observatorio de La Ermita

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Bando de Grullas.Foto: J.Mañas

The next stop, within the township of Las Cuerlas, is the La Reguera´s observatory tower, which is one of the most visited areas of this natural space. At this point, you will see a well preserved reedbed, used for many bird species as a refuge and a breeding place. One of the most distinguised species is the Aquatic Warbler, a small bird which is threatened at European level and it uses this reedbed as a resting place on its migratory route to Africa. Also, La Reguera is a good point to watch a wide variety of aquatic birds and in winter time, the cranes fly towards this area to drink and rest just before flying back to the breeding areas at sunset.

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Carricerín cejudo anillado en La Reguera. Foto: Carlos Pérez

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Observatorio de La Reguera

 

From La Reguera, you have to cross to the township of Bello, in the Comarca del Jiloca again. This part of the path has several waterlogging issues in case of rainfall, so you must be careful. In this stretch there are some estates with almond trees and in summer you can see Great Bustards. Many males of this species migrate from the breeding areas in the midlands of the country, to stay at Gallocanta during summer. These bird species are particularly sensitive to disturbance and noise, so, it is not allowed to watch them out of the way, thus, you better use binoculars or a telescope.

Once in Bello, you should take the road to go back to the Interpretation Centre and finish the route.

You can download the tracks and obtain more information of the route in the following links.

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Enlace a Wikiloc Ruta en KML Ruta en GPX
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Observando grullas en la Laguna de Gallocanta