Fantastic Spain and Morocco Birding Tour
Legend has it that Hercules used his incredible strength to separate the continents of Europe and Africa, creating the Straits of Gibraltar. During this 8-day Spain and Morocco: Two Continents Birding Tour, we are all set to use our outstanding local knowledge and expertise to bring them back together for you! This is our feature specialist tour, and our experience of the area and local contacts mean we can take you where other guides fear to tread.
The point at which Africa and Europe meet is also the epicentre for one of the world’s most spectacular bird migrations. Every year, millions of birds make the 14 km journey across the Straits of Gibraltar, making use of uplifts and thermals rising off the Rock of Gibraltar and the stunning Moroccan peak of Jebel Musa. An estimated 250,000 raptors pass over this rugged terrain during these periods, as well as untold thousands of other journeying passerines and seabirds.
On this trip we will experience the very best of two continents from cracking locations in both Spain and Morocco. As well as being at the heart of the thrilling migration spectacle, we will look for Marsh Owls, Northern Bald Ibis and Barbary Macaques as well as the seabirds and cetaceans of the Straits on a boat excursion and Moroccan specialities in both mountain and wetland sites.
Every year, millions of birds make the journey between Europe and Africa across the Straits of Gibraltar, making use of uplifts and thermals which swirl around the Rock of Gibraltar and the majestic Moroccan peak of Jebel Musa. An estimated 250,000 raptors pass over this rugged terrain during these periods. This eight-day holiday to Spain and Morocco is specifically timed to best experience the spectacle of migration, with thousands of Honey Buzzards, Black Kites, Booted and Short-toed Eagles and White Storks making the crossing daily.
Africa is always visible across the Strait and we include a three night stay in Northern Morocco, giving a different birding experience as well as a cultural element to this tour. We should have great views of the beautiful Moroccan Marsh Owl, and other specialities such as the stunning Moussier’s Redstart and Levaillant’s Woodpecker too.
The Straits may be just 14 kilometres wide, but for wildlife, and humans, it is a significant barrier. We will enjoy these differences, both avian and cultural, throughout the tour. After crossing to Africa, tapas and Rioja give way to the aromas of spicy street food and mint tea, and familiar European birds become ‘African Blue Tit’ and ‘Magreb Magpie’.
As well a boat trip into the Strait with some great marine life including whales and dolphins and of course a number of seabirds, this tour will also include a fascinating insight into the urban birds of Spain and Morocco.