Birdwatching Trip to Isla Cristina and Ayamonte, Spain
This is a half-day birding trip Andalucía is a leisurely one to the tidal marshland between Isla Cristina and Ayamonte that you can arrange for either a morning or an afternoon. These two locations cover a compact 2 sq km but they are fantastic sites to look for waders, wildfowl and seabirds.
Some of the residents include Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill, Little Egret, Greater Flamingo and Yellow-legged Gull. These are added to in winter by Great Egret, Osprey, Grey Plover, Bar- and Black-tailed Godwits, Audouin’s Gull and Sandwich and Caspian Terns, among others. In summer on a birding trip to Andalucía you can count on Montagu’s Harrier, Purple and Squacco Heron, Collared Pratincole and Great Reed Warbler.
The Isla Cristina Marshes Nature Reserve is comprised of the wetlands and coastal areas - marismas - to be found around the estuaries of the rivers Guadiana and Carreras between the villages of Isla Cristina and Ayemonte. They are situated on the western side of the Costa de la Luz, near to the Portuguese border - in fact the Guadiana River forms part of that border. The Reserve encompasses different habitats, with sandbanks, disused saltpans, creeks and tidal channels, fish farms and pine and juniper woodlands adding to the interest and promoting a large number of birds.
The area that the Isla Cristina and Ayamonte birding trip visits is 45 minutes from Huelva City and an hour and a half from Seville. A half-day trip is easiest from the hotels in Isla Canela, Isla Cristina, and the neighbouring Algarve.
Among many other birdwatching excursions, we also offer a full-day birding trip to Sierra Morena in the north of Andalucia. The mountains are an excellent example of Mediterranean vegetation covering a 400km range. Check out the Sierra Morena Birdwatching in Andalucía Trip, Spain.
Alternative tour name: Andalucía birdwatching around Isla Cristina and Ayemonte