Golden Eagle Birding Tour in Jaén
This 5-day Golden Eagle birding tour is a gem in the olive oil country and domain of the Golden eagle. A chance to combine the riches of an area known for its outstanding nature, and the life, lore and cuisine of a culture and its age-old relationship with “liquid gold” – olive oil.
Alternative Tour Name: Sierra Magina Golden Eagle Tour
Arrival at our meeting point in the village of Torres, and checking into our hotel. If we have time, we can do a short excursion in the surrounding area.
Right to the heart of the sierra, and at an impressive 1750 m. - the highest accessible point by vehicle, our route takes us to El Caño del Aguadero, combining landscapes of dramatic mountain peaks and open highland meadows of exceptional botanical interest.
A foodie morning visiting the Olive Oil Museum, to know about the olive oil culture and for olive oil tasting. After that, we’ll go for birding to the Laguna Grande Lagoon, the biggest of the province, placed next to the Museum. Late afternoon we’ll go to the foot of a spectacular cliff. Rising dramatically out of myriad olive groves and lands of Mediterranean fruit trees such as almond, cherry and fig, is the immense rock face known as El Torcal. Here, traditional rural activity meets spectacular, rugged countryside.
Early breakfast and we’ll head down to the valley of the Guadalquivir river. We’ll visit the wetlands and marshes along the valley. It is an important area for breeding and migrating birds, as well as overwintering waterfowls.
Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:
Bonelli’s eagle, Goshawk, Peregrine, Eagle owl, Red-tailed rock and Blue-rock trush, Red-billed chough, Crag martin, Alpine swift, Ring ouzel, Golden oriole, Black wheatear, Cirl bunting, Wild boar, Spanish ibex, Ocellated lizard, Montpellier snake, Snub-nose viper, Eumigus monticola, Lycaena alciphron, Two-tailed pasha Charaxes jasius, Mazarine blue Cyaniris semiargus
What is included?
- 4 Nights accommodation with private facilities in charming rural Hotel
- 4x4 transport during the tour
- Use of quality optical equipment
- Guiding and interpretation in English
- All meals, being a picnic for lunch
What is not included?
- Travel & contents insurance
- Extra food or drinks in the meal time
- Alcoholic drinks
- Transfer to/from airport
- Item of personal nature
- Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Iberian lynx Land is an Ecotourism Registered Company. Along with RESPONSIBLE NATURE TOURISM, Iberian Lynx Land’s pivotal values include EDUCATION and CONSERVATION of Nature and Natural Resources. We are also an Environmental Consultant Company.
The rugged Sierra Mágina Natural Park covers 19,900ha of rocky, steep limestone terrain, with precipitous cliffs and high summits that are often snow-capped in winter. A mountain range home to the greatest density of Golden eagles in Europe. It is as well home to an extraordinary variety and number of wild plants; hardy plants growing on the upper slopes are unique to the park and its abundant wildflowers and aromatic plants add a richness of colour and scent to the Sierra. Due to wide variations in climate and terrain within the park, there is a wealth of wildlife, including many orchids and wild mushrooms, as well as native plant species, some of which are exclusive to the Sierra. In such magnificent natural space you can see Bonelli’s eagle, Goshawk, Peregrine, Eagle owl, Red-tailed rock and Blue-rock trush, Red-billed chough, Crag martin, Alpine swift, Ring ouzel, Golden oriole, Black wheatear, Cirl bunting, and if we are very lucky, maybe a Wallcreeper fleeing from the cold of Northern Europe. And...not only birds: Wild boar, Spanish ibex, Ocellated lizard, Montpellier snake, Snub-nose viper. Invertebrates like the grasshopper Eumigus monticola, which is native to Andalusia, and butterflies like the threatened Purple shot copper Lycaena alciphron, Two-tailed pasha Charaxes jasius, and the rare Mazarine blue Cyaniris semiargus.
It is advisable to bring light trekking boots walking shoes, a jacket or a fleece jacket and a rain jacket, binoculars, photo camera.
In regards to your flight, the nearest airport is Malaga - located 230 km,, 2,5h from Torres. Another option is Madrid airport. 365 km, 3,5from Torres