The so-called “ornithological tourism” is gaining strength in the Serranía de Ronda, according to the Centre of Tourism Initiatives (CIT). More than 15,000 birdwatchers visited the area last year, most of them from Britain, followed by the Dutch and the Americans. CIT manager Alfredo Carrasco said the typical birdwatcher were aged around 45 “with a high socio-economic and cultural level who are fleeing from the mass tourism on the coast and seeking contact with nature”. He said visitors stay for three or four nights, usually in the best hotels. He said many of them were doing a birdwatching tour which included Doñana national park, the Strait of Gibraltar and Fuente Piedra in the Sierras de Mollina.

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