La Cigarrera is a small, sib-saline lagoon in the Lebrija-Las Cabezas Endorheic Complex Natural Reserve. This lagoon has the best-preserved strip of perilagoon vegetation in the complex.
Access is restricted. An authorisation from the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment is required to access the Natural Reserve. The permission is granted for specific purposes only. Access to and transit through peripheral buffer zones is free on public roads and paths. To access the area, take the SE-6300 road from Lebrija to the N-IV road. Take this road in the direction of Los Palacios and Villafranca. Turn right at the intersection with the SE-5207, and then turn right again onto the SE-6201 towards Jerez de la Frontera. The area can also be accessed from the N-IV taking the Acebuches road.
It consists primarily of extensive tamarisk groves, which occupy the entire perimeter, along with various reed and bulrush species. The water is home to the horned pondweed (Zannichellia palustris), a submerged angiosperm plant, and the green algae Chara sp., which indicates a high concentration of calcium and bicarbonate in the water.
Due to the seasonal nature of this lagoon, there is a variable presence of birds. Most species belong to the Anatidae and Ralidae families, with the common coot being the most abundant. The presence of the horned grebe and an occasional nest of white-headed duck are also noteworthy. Like the rest of the lagoons of the Endorheic Complex, La Cigarrera is surrounded by rain-fed crops.