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Salinas del Astur hiking route and bike track

Type: Signposted path and bike track with disabled access. Location: Enebrales de Punta Umbría (Huelva, Punta Umbría). Length: 5 km, Difficulty: Low. The route starts from the Huelva resort of Punta Umbría, with the path taking us between two nature reserves to get to a bird watching point where we can contemplate the beauty of the Salinas de Astur. We are on the Huelva coast and the track crosses a pine wood which provides a cool shade, making it ideal for walks on hot days. Our path starts on the road leading to the Pinos del Mar urbanisation, located behind the area of the Barceló hotel complex. At the end of the Calle Curruca we find an information board indicating the start of a gravel bike track which leads between umbrella pines to cross part of the "Los Enebrales" nature reserve. The surface of the bike track is compacted gravel which allows us to walk comfortably through a fairly sandy area. Even with slight ups and downs we can say that the contour is flat, although the tendency is downwards. Without ever leaving the gravel path we pass under the Huelva-Punta Umbría highway, and immediately afterwards we cross a reddish earth track. We continue onwards and a few metres later we come to a small rest area. This rest area is some 2,300 m from our point of departure, so that we are approximately halfway along our course. We need to carry on by the left, following the signposts towards the observation point. We continue for another kilometre through this nature reserve until we get to the vicinity of a water treatment plant. On this last stretch of pine woods before reaching the treatment plant we can see on the right the channels or estuaries of the marshes where the salt pans of Astur are located. On reaching the treatment plant, we turn right towards the marshes and a few metres afterwards turn right again to go and find the start of the second leg. We then enter the "Marismas del Odiel" nature reserve. After some 300 metres we find the start of our second leg on the left. It may be that during rainy periods we will find this short stretch muddy, as we are in an area of flood marshes, but once we are on our new track we will have no problems. This leg of somewhat less than 1500 metres runs past the old earth walls parallel to the "Melilla Hondo" estuary. Although the walking is easy, the gravel is less worn so that the stones make it advisable to wear hard soles to protect against them. When we get to a junction we turn right and continue on the path until we get to the bird watching point between estuaries, as we witness such Punta Umbría scenes as muddy men looking for worms to use as fishing bait. At the end of our walk we can rest in the hide while we watch the water birds typical of this nature reserve and discern beautiful panoramas with Huelva in the background. We thank Rafael Llanes for the information and photos provided about this route via Blog-GR 48, a blog designed to share information on hiking, touring and natural sports in general. Salinas del Astur, Paraje Natural Los Enebrales hiking route Length: 5 km, Difficulty: Low. The route starts from the Huelva resort of Punta Umbría, with the path taking us between two nature reserves to get to a bird watching point where we can contemplate the beauty of the Salinas de Astur. We are on the Huelva coast and the track crosses a pine wood which provides cool shade, making it ideal for walks on hot days. Our path starts on the road leading to the Pinos del Mar urbanisation, located behind the area of the Barceló hotel complex. At the end of the Calle Curruca we will find an information board which indicates the start of a gravel bike track which leads between umbrella pines to cross part of the "Los Enebrales" nature reserve. The surface of the bike track is compacted gravel which allows us to walk comfortably through a fairly sandy area. Even with slight ups and downs we can say that the contour is flat, although the tendency is downwards. Without ever leaving the gravel path we pass under the Huelva-Punta Umbría highway, and immediately afterwards we cross a reddish earth track. We continue onwards and a few metres later we come to a small rest area. This rest area is some 2,300 m from our point of departure, so that we are approximately halfway along our course. We need to carry on by the left, following the signposts towards the observation point. We continue for another kilometre through this nature reserve until we get to the vicinity of a water treatment plant. On this last stretch of pine woods before reaching the treatment plant we can see on the right the channels of the marshes where the salt pans of Astur are located. On reaching the treatment plant, we turn right towards the marshes and a few metres afterwards turn right again to go and find the start of the second leg. We then enter the "Marismas del Odiel" nature reserve. After some 300 metres we find the start of our second leg on the left. It may be that during rainy periods we will find this short stretch muddy, as we are in an area of flood marshes, but once we are on our new track we will have no problems. This leg of somewhat less than 1500 metres runs past the old earth walls parallel to the "Melilla Hondo" bog. Although the walking is easy, the gravel is less worn so that the stones make it advisable to wear hard soles to protect against them. When we get to a junction we turn right and continue on the path until we get to the bird watching point between estuaries, as we witness such Punta Umbría scenes as muddy men looking for worms to use as fishing bait. At the end of our walk we can rest in the hide while we watch the water birds typical of this nature reserve and discern beautiful panoramas with Huelva in the background. We thank Rafael Llanes for the information and photos provided about this route via Blog-GR 48, a blog designed to share information on hiking, touring and natural sports in general.
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