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Birding Aragon & Catalonia Winter Tour, Spain - 8 Days

Birding Aragon & Catalonia Winter Tour, Spain
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Winter Wonders on a Birdwatching Tour of Northern Spain

Our 8-day Birding Aragon & Catalonia Winter Tour is a moderately paced trip available on request where you can expect to see well over 100 bird species and other wildlife in Northern Spain.  The winter birdwatching itinerary for Aragon and Catalonia is available from the beginning of November through to the end of February.

"We had such a great experience birding in Spain with Al as our guide! Highly recommend this tour!" - Dennis and Trixie

We go in search of some of Spain's most sought after species, and take in some awe-inspiring birding spectacles along the way. This birding tour is a three centre experience that showcases some magnificent and diverse birding regions.

Ebro Delta: Premier Catalonia Wetland Birding Location

The first location we will be birding is the Ebro Delta, where we will spend a couple of days enjoying the best of the wetland's resident bird-life and checking out some of the winter visitors. We can expect to see vast flocks of Greater Flamingos feeding in the saline lagoons of the Delta, and congregations of Glossy Ibis, herons and egrets in the now boggy fields.

The Delta is a winter refuge for many varieties of wildfowl and wading birds, and raptors abound, with multiple Marsh Harriers, Booted Eagles and a good chance of Merlin. Rare passerines such as Moustached Warbler and Bluethroat can usually be found.

Laguna de Gallocanta: Spain's Largest Natural Lake

For the second leg of this birding Aragon and Catalonia tour we depart to Gallocanta in the dry-land plains to the south of Zaragoza. Here we will spend two days birding around the famous Laguna, which is Spain's largest natural lake. Alongside a huge wintering population of Common Cranes (which can number up to 60,000 birds during peak passage times of early November and late February!), we can also target Great and Little Bustard and enjoy sightings of raptors such as Hen Harrier and Golden Eagle. This region offers genuine possibilities for scarcities such as Pallid Harrier, Black-winged Kite and Dupont's Lark.

Sierra de Guara: Wallcreeper & Lammergeier Winter Haven

For the final leg in birding Aragon, we depart for Alquezar in the pre-Pyrenean region of Sierra de Guara. Dubbed 'the land of the Lammergeier', we will be searching for this rarest of vultures, along with another popular birding target, the beautiful but elusive Wallcreeper. This bird descends from the high Pyrenees to overwinter at lower altitudes on the cliffs and canyons of the Guara. And there are plenty of other species to be found in this mountainous zone, including the likes of Blue Rock Thrush, Dartford Warbler and Citril Finch.

This week-long Aragon and Catalonia birdwatching tour includes private airport transfers from Barcelona International Airport and accommodation throughout the tour at carefully selected guest houses situated in the different birding regions.

Birding Aragon & Catalonia Winter Tour highlights include:

  • Beautiful Bluethroats on the Ebro Delta leg of the tour
  • Vast groups of Cranes feeding in the fields around Laguna de Gallocanta
  • The rare and magnificent Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture) in the Sierra de Guara
  • Scouring the rock faces for the wonderful Wallcreeper in the Guara, such a rewarding bird to find!
  • Winter sunshine and wonderful clear days with the sun on your back in these fantastic locations

Be sure to check out the Ebro Delta Northern Birdwatching Trip, Spain for an additional and wonderful birding experience.

Alternative Tour Name: Winter Wonders Of Northern Spain Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival day

You will be met at the airport by one of our team and transferred to your accommodation, our private Guest House on the edge of the Ebro Delta. The remainder of the day you can spend at leisure, or perhaps enjoy some birding around the villa in the Olive groves. In the evening you can head into L'Ampolla for dinner, or if you prefer to you can self cater at the fully equipped villa.

Day 2
Day 2 - Ebro Delta Birding Day Trip (Northern Section)

After breakfast, you will head out with Al Henderson for a bird watching day trip of the Ebro Delta (Northern Sector). There is a huge population of birds which are resident throughout the year so expect to see huge flocks of Flamingos in the salt pans and hoards of Glossy Ibis feeding in the agricultural zones. We will see many different varieties of wintering waders and wildfowl, and look for some of the rarer species such as Bluethroat & Moustached Warbler. Raptors are likely to include our over wintering Booted Eagle population, Osprey, Marsh Harriers, Buzzard and Kestrel. Overnight you will spend your second night at our Guest House, with the option to self cater or dine out in L'Ampolla.

Day 3
Day 3 - Ebro Delta Birding Day Trip (Southern Section)

A guided bird watching day trip with Al Henderson, this time covering the southern section of the Ebro Delta. Over night at our private guest house on the edge of the Ebro delta

Day 4
Day 4 - Journey to Laguna de Gallocanta with afternoon / evening bird watching route around the lake

Day 5
Day 5 - Morning birding tour of Gallocanta, afternoon transfer to mountains with birding at Belchite plains on route.

Following breakfast at Allucant we will take another look around the laguna, checking for birds like Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Hen Harrier, Iberian Grey Shrike & many more. In the afternoon we begin our journey north towards the pre-Pyrenees but will be stopping in the Belchite plains area to ensure a sighting of Great Bustards. In the evening we will check in to Casa Jabonero in Alquezar - where we will be based for the remainder of the tour.

Day 6
Day 6 - Sierra De Gaura Guided Bird Watching Trip

Following breakfast at Casa Jabonero we head out on a full day bird watching tour, taking in 2 key sites for Wallcreeper & Lammergeier - The Mallos de Riglos and the Dam at Vadiello. Over night in Alquezar.

Day 7
Day 7 - Sierra De Gaura Guided Bird Watching Trip Second Day

Breakfast at Casa Jabonero will be followed by our second full day birding the Sierra de Gaura. We will head to two different destinations Rodellar and Morrano, which also give us a fantastic chance for both Wallcreeper & Lammergeier amongst others. Final evening at Casa Jabonero.

Day 8
Day 8 - Departure Day

After breakfast we check out of the Hotel and head back to the airport in time for your return journey home.

Wildlife species expect to see: 

Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Red-legged Partridge, Little Grebe, Great-crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Bittern, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Great Egret, Greater Flamingo, White Stork, Black Stork, Spoonbill, Red Kite, Griffon Vulture, Lammergeier, Black-shouldered Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Osprey, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine, Water Rail, Purple Swamp-hen, Common Crane, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Stone-curlew, Avocet, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Ruff, Sanderling, Temminck’s Stint, Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Snipe, Caspian Tern, Sandwich Tern, Audouin’s Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Kingfisher, Hoopoe, Green Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Iberian Grey Shrike, Chough, Alpine Chough, Crested Tit, Calandra Lark, Thekla Lark, Woodlark, Dupont’s Lark, Crag Martin, Cetti’s warbler, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Wallcreeper, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Short-toed Treecreeper, Wren, Spotless Starling, Fieldfare, Redwing, Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush, Stonechat, Black Wheatear, Alpine Accentor, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Water Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Brambling, Serin, Citril Finch, Carl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting, Glossy Ibis

What is included?

  • Return airport transfers from Barcelona International Airport
  • All accommodation throughout the tour on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Guided bird tours each day with Al Henderson
  • Spotting scopes & spare binoculars
  • Download Al's photos from the tour on completion, at no extra charge!

What is not included?

  • International Flight tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches & Evening meals
  • Anything that is not included in "What is included"
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  1. Seamless adventure with great birds
    Dennis and Trixie16 Dec 2021
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    We had such a great experience birding in Spain with Al as our guide! Highly recommend this tour!

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Why book with Ebro Delta Birding?

The Ebro delta in North East Spain is one of Europe’s premier wetland bird watching destinations. A wide variety of watery habitats can be found within > 320 square kilometres of the natural park, with diverse environments ranging from salt marshes and sand dunes to river bank and woodland. This range of habitats attracts a bewildering selection of birdlife with a species list exceeding 300 varieties!

Does this tour start on set dates?

No, the start date is flexible and can be tailored to the preference of the client

What weather can be expected on a winter visit to Northern Spain?

You will need to bring warm clothing for this trip. Daytime can be pleasantly warm on sunny days, but mornings and evenings are likely to be chilly.

Is this tour physically demanding?

A moderate level of physical fitness is recommended for the final leg of the tour in the Sierra de Gaura. Some of the locations which give us the best opportunity to see Lammergeier & Wallcreeper require short hikes.

What are the options for lunch & dinner?

At lunchtime we will usually stop for a packed lunch. Dinner time we can grab a great value 'menu del dia' at our accommodations throughout the tour.

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Tour Facts

  • Catalonia & Aragon in Northern Spain
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 - 6 people
  • 7 days
  • November - February
  • +12 years (accommpanied by adult)
  • Moderate
  • No
  • English
  • Barcelona El Prat International Airport
  • Barcelona El Prat International Airport