Osuna

This is a photo of Osuna’s beautiful university. About 15 minutes drive from Los Paraisos, my guests are always stunned by the beauty of the ancient architecture.

The origin of Osuna goes back to about three thousand years, when it was known as Urso, around 44-43 A.D. serving as a posting for Julius Caesar. Refounded by Mark Anthony with veterans of past civil wars, it was given the status of a colony for Roman citizens.

There is a wide variance in terrain within the municipality, such as the Sierra areas, the farmlands and Wetlands Lagoon area of Calderon (Fuente de Piedra). Osuna  presents an interesting variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife. From typical forest, Rio Blanco (river area) to olive groves of the countryside. Flamingos and herons at the Calderon de la Laguna, robins, Spanish Imperial eagle, vultures, foxes, hawks of Rio Blanco, and everywhere small game, rabbits, partridges, etc. Birdwatchers are always stunned at the vast array of specimens. This is some information from www.fatbirder.com for those avid fans looking for new adventures:

Osuna Triangle

Osuna is in the heart of Steppe country and is surrounded by various lagoons and wetland habitats. It is a rich area for birds and of particular interest is breeding Great and Little Bustard. The focal points forming the Osuna triangle are Marchena, Lantejuela and of course Osuna itself. Between these towns and village is a maize of roads and well maintained tracks, which serve to allow visiting birders to explore and find the area’s specialities such as Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew, Black-winged Kite and a host of other much sought after species. During the summer months Roller, Collared Pratincole and Montagu’s Harrier are common breeding birds, whilst the wetlands hold numbers of tern species and waterbirds. Winter sees Common Crane and raptors stopping over.

Come and visit and see for yourself. No need to travel great distances. From my sunloungers by the pool you can see most species.