Mata and Torrevieja lagoons

Country/territory: Spain

IBA criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2, C1, C2, C6 (2011)
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Area: 4,033 ha


Site description (2000 baseline)
Two coastal lagoons which have been transformed for salt extraction. There is a narrow belt of reed (Phragmites) and halophytic vegetation.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding, wintering and passage waterbirds. The site acts as an important refuge when there is hunting in the El Hondo (215) and Santa Pola (216) IBAs.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mata and Torrevieja lagoons. Downloaded from on 26/02/2024.