Marshy wetlands, shallow streams and grassy sand dunes cover the landscape of Doñana National Park, in the Huelva and Sevilla provinces. A small portion of it is protected parkland, but the area has been designated UNESCO World Heritage, and the trip is worth it for two intriguing reasons. First, in 2011 a team of American archeologists claimed to find remnants of the lost city of Atlantis in the center of the park, five miles from the coast inland, which was wiped out by an incredible tsunami. Second, and an only slightly more elusive reason to visit, come for the bird watching. The park is not only home to five endangered bird species, but is also one of the largest heronries in the Mediterranean region, and some half a million water birds migrate here for the winter. Bring your binoculars and camera for possible sightings of the Spanish Imperial Eagle.
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