Golden Eagle Birding Tour in Jaén
This 5-day Golden Eagle Tour explores the rugged Sierra Mágina Natural Park which 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 Eagle in Europe.
It is also 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 Thrush, 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. On top, there is further wildlife: Wild boar, Spanish ibex, Ocellated lizard, Montpellier snake, and a Snub-nose viper. Furthermore, invertebrates like the grasshopper Eumigas monticola, which is native to Andalucía, and butterflies like the threatened Purple shot copper Lycaena alciphron, Two-tailed pasha Charaxes jasius, and the rare Mazarine blue Cyaniris semiargus.
A Gem in the Heart of Olive Oil Country and Domain of the Golden Eagle.
Our hotel is based in the heart of the natural park which situates us perfectly for routes throughout this colossus of a Sierra; at 7,100 feet, the highest in the region. A chance to combine the riches of an area known for its outstanding nature, including an exceptional array of botany, and the life, lore and cuisine of a culture and its age-old relationship with “liquid gold”, olive oil.
This is the Realm of the Golden Eagle, so if you want to enjoy its wonderful aerial courtship displays, hunting flight or the majestic view of an eagle perching, you have to come to Sierra Mágina.
Alternative Tour Name: Sierra Magina Natural Park: The Realm of the Golden Eagle