Salburua is a district within the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz and where one of the most visited and most important nature reserves in the world is located.
Salburua Park is one of the most preserved jewels of nature in Europe and has undergone an impressive environmental restoration work. The park had been the victim of indiscriminate logging and artificial drainage caused by the creation of crops. This considerably reduced the forest and with it the species that inhabited the place. The area had considerable impacts such as waste dumping and other practices that nearly destroyed the landscape and its environmental conditions.
In the first decade of the 1990s, recovery began. It also initiates an important project to promote awareness of the need to conserve and protect natural areas, as well as scientific research on the species that inhabit them. This is how Salburua has become an important natural destination that attracts hundreds of tourists and nature lovers. For the inhabitants of the area this park has become a synonym of recreation, leisure and contemplation.
Enjoy the best natural landscape in the heart of Vitoria.
The wetland park is one of the most important in Europe and one of the most significant for the great diversity of birds that inhabit it. This natural space is formed by two lagoons extended to the east of the city of Vitoria and the subsoil of the Llanada Alvesa and it is 9 km long. Of space to walk around, aided by wooden walkways over the water.
Activities in Salburua
If you love hiking this is a great place for it, you can enjoy a walk in the park or rent bikes right there and take a ride with your family or fellow adventurers.
If you are a bird lover, then you will love the Ataria observatory, which is the wetland interpretation center, where you will learn much more about the birds that migrate to the place and about this beautiful park and its importance for the environment and its conservation. Here you will also get information about everything you will find on your tour through the park. There are 4 routes that you can take and in each one of them you will be able to know and contemplate the wonderful diversity of flora and fauna of the place. The routes are arranged by colors, the green one will take you to spaces where the botanical part stands out, the blue path will take you to contemplate the diversity of migratory birds or those that remain there during any season. The white path will take you to the place where you can see all kinds of invertebrates, and the yellow path leads you to the area where you will find amphibians and reptiles. So you have many options to enjoy the scenery.
Natural richness of fauna and flora in the park
With the dedicated recovery of the wetlands, the fauna and flora gained strength again. Just by crossing the wooden bridges you can watch the storks cross the skies and see the servants just a few meters away.
In the park different wooden bridges have been built over the ponds so that visitors can effectively and comfortably walk around the whole place, allowing a closer contact with the environment and its species. The servals are always a major attraction for visitors, although they are not part of the ecosystem they have been introduced into the park.
According to the seasons in which you intend to visit the park, you will find different types of species, especially birds that choose this place as a stop before continuing their winter migration to the south, since there they can find plenty of food. In the observatories you can also learn in more detail about the species that inhabit the place and that have returned after the recovery of the place.
You don’t have to stop in Salburua, you can also make a wide tour around the green ring that surrounds the city. of Vitoria-Gasteiz. The park is very close to the ice skating rink and the Buesa arena, which means that you can choose between the various events and recreational spaces in the area, which will make your visit to Salburua much more interesting.