Sierra de Guara East Itinerary -
From Alquézar to Betorz
Starting point: The medieval walled town of Alquézar.
Time: Half a day or more.
A walk around the town of Alquézar is highly recommended in itself, but in addition there are also a number of interesting birds that can be seen in the general area including Rock Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Redstart, Alpine Swift, Red Kite, Griffon Vulture and Egyptian Vulture. From the town itself it is possible to descend and walk upriver at the foot of a spectacular gorge.
Back at the vehicle follow the signs for Colungo (turning left). Woodlark and Cirl Bunting are widespread roadside birds and there's always the possibility of a Short-toed Eagle flying overhead.
Stop at discretion along the way to admire superb views and to search for more birds. Be sure to stop before the turning to Lecina, to admire the spectacular gorge of la Choca, where it is also possible to see Dartford Warbler, Lammergeier, Red-billed Chough, Raven, Peregrine Falcon and Griffon Vulture.
Look for Crested Tit in the pinewoods before turning left towards Lecina and parking in the village. An easy-paced walk between this village and that of Betorz along a very quiet road can be a very rewarding experience, with birds such as Golden Oriole, Short-toed Treecreeper, Ortolan Bunting, Subalpine Warbler, Garden Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Bonelli's Warbler, Woodlark, Hoopoe, Black Redstart and more.
Another interesting area that could be visited, with the opportunity of seeing many of the same species as mentioned here, is the approach to Rodellar and the gorges that surround this village.