About 25km northwest of Antequera, just off the A92 autovía (toll-free dual carriageway), is the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. When it’s not dried up by drought, this is Andalucía’s biggest natural lake and one of Europe’s two main breeding grounds for the greater flamingo (the other is in the Camargue region of southwestern France). After a wet winter as many as 20,000 pairs of flamingos will breed at the lake.
The birds arrive in January or February, and the chicks hatch in April and May. The flamingos stay until about August, when the lake, which is rarely more than 1m deep, no longer contains enough water to support them. They share the lake with thousands of other birds of some 170 species.
The small village of Fuente de Piedra sits at the northeastern corner of the lake and has a useful visitor centre.