Andalucían Tour for Iberian Birds and Mammals
This 10-day Iberian Wildlife and Birding Tour, Andalucía is designed to introduce you to not only the most emblematic protected areas of this area of Spain, but also its special history, customs and cuisine.
The trip visits seven of the eight Andalucían provinces and two National Parks - the Sierra Nevada and Doñana. It also takes in the Natural Parks of Padul Lagoons, Tabernas Desert, Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, Sierra de Andújar, Odiel Marshes, the area around Tarifa and the mouth of the Guadalhorce River.
The Tabernas Desert is located 30km north of Almería. It is protected by mountains that isolate it from the mild Mediterranean climate, so its extreme temperatures make it a unique place. The flora is typical of the dry climate, with numerous types of brush, cactus, palm trees, thistles, and Holm Oaks. Despite its inhospitable landscape this area has many Iberian wildlife species, especially around the few water courses.
The Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park impresses the visitor with its steep mountains interspersed with deep valleys and lush forests of Spanish pines. This is the largest protected area in Spain with its 209,920 hectares and it is where you can see Golden Eagles and Griffon Vultures as well as having a good chance to catch a glimpse of the mighty Lammergeier.
The Sierra de Andújar Natural Park contains the most extensive expanse of natural vegetation found in the Sierra Morena mountain range. Characteristic species are Holm and Cork Oaks. One unique geological feature of the area are the curious rounded granite shapes that form bowls. These are used by local farmers as livestock watering holes.
The dense scrub abounds with Iberian wildlife such as Wild Boar, and shelters the largest population in the world of Iberian Lynx. Spanish Imperial Eagle are found here, along with other large raptors such as the Golden Eagle and the Black Vulture.
As a complete contrast to searching for Iberian wildlife in the mountains and desert plateaus, this Andalucían tour culminates at Tarifa and the Straits of Gibraltar to witness the migration of thousands of birds as they travel between their breeding and wintering grounds of northern Europe and Africa.
Here there will also be the chance to see a completely different type of wildlife of the Iberian area, the many cetacean species that pass by the southern coast of Spain. A boat trip out into the Straits will give closer views of these and a wonderful selection of seabirds too.
Iberian Wildlife and Birding Tour, Andalucía highlights include:
- Amazing raptors, including Lammergeier, Golden Eagle, Griffon and Black Vultures
- The captivating dry landscape of the Tabernas Desert
- The most extensive protected area of mountain and forest in Spain
- The mass migration of birds across the Straits of Gibraltar
As an alternative way of birding, do you have the inclination for a day trip on horseback? If so, take a look at the Horseback Birding Trip in Doñana, Spain.
Alternative tour name: Andalucía Trip to See Iberian Wildlife