The flora and fauna found and identified at Molino la Ratonera


The lists below contain the species that we have been able to identify.

Birds

    Eagle owlThe bee eater
    Golden eagle
    Bonelli's eagle
    Raven
    Sparrow hawk
    Bee eater (pictured)
    Hoopoe
    Golden oriole
    Blue rock thrush
    Azure-winged magpie (pictured)
    Great spotted woodpecker
    Wryneck
    Short toed tree creeper
    Pied flycatcher
    Cetti's warbler
    Sardinian warbler
    Red rump swallowThe azure-winged magpie
    Nightingale
    Blackcap
    Siskin
    Goldfinch
    Firecrest
    Bullfinch
    Spotless starling
    Mistle thrush
    Black redstart
    Red legged partridge
    Cuckoo
    Thekla lark
    Grey wagtail, pied wagtail
    as well as swifts, swallows, martins, tits, blackbirds, chaffinches and sparrows.

Reptiles

    Striped necked terrapinThe painted frog
    Turkish gecko
    Psammodromus lizard
    Ladder snake
    Grass snake
    Southern smooth snake
    Montpelier snake
    Natterjack toad
    Common toad
    Painted frog (pictured)
    Stripeless tree frog
    Marsh frog

Mammals

The genet
    Rabbit
    Brown hare
    Fox
    Genet (pictured)
    Wild boar
    Southern water vole
    Horseshoe and pipistrelle bats

Butterflies

The morocco orange tip
    Swallow tail
    Morocco orange tip (pictured)
    Cleopatra
    Small heath
    Red admiral
    Mazarine blue and many more!

Accommodation

We have four properties available. There is a two person house, 2 four person apartments and the beautifully restored Cortijo which will comfortably sleep eight guests.

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Facilities

We have the bar located in the mill room complete with old mill machinery, internet access and UK television. Above this is the restaurant serving evening meals from a range of traditional Spanish dishes. In the lower mill, dating from the 16th century, is the gym, library and tourism information centre while the favourite place for most guests in the long hot summer days is the large pool which uses an eco friendly system to clean the water, reducing the chemicals required and making the water silky smooth.

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Walking and other activities

Molino la Ratonera is an ideal walking centre as it is located on a network of tracks. We offer a range of self-guided walks to enable your group to explore at its own pace. We provide detailed instructions with distance, duration, historical information and maps to enable you to enjoy this beautiful environment. Click on short walks and long walks to download our guides. We have a number of mountain bikes together with helmets for guests to use free of charge and have put together a selection of rides. Click on cycle routes to download the guide.

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Location

Although offically part of the municipality of Algarinejo, the nearest village, 2.5 kilometres away, is Zagra with shops, banks, bars, restaurants, swimming pool and castle. Both Zagra and Algarinejo embody the charm of Spain as it has been for decades where friendly, easygoing people welcome you into their lives.

The area is known as El Poniente Granadino (the west of Granada) and is rich in evidence of Andalucia's Moorish past with castles and watchtowers (atalayas) ever present on the horizon.

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