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Lammergeier Birding Tour, Cazorla, Spain - 5 Days

Lammergeier Birding Tour, Cazorla, Spain
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Lammergeier Birdwatching in southern Spain

This is a 5-day Lammergeier Birding Tour in Spain’s largest protected area, Cazorla, Segura & Las Villas Natural Park. This relaxing-paced tour is available on request and introduces you to some of the best wilderness landscapes in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. Here there are good birding opportunities to see the Lammergeier, or Bearded Vulture, soaring freely amongst the high sierras of Andalucía.

Apart from these magnificent birds of prey, the area is also known for ​125 species of birds, 36 species of mammals, 19 families of reptile, 10 varieties of amphibians, and nine species of fish. The Park possesses a remarkable variety of plants with 2,171 species, 35 of which are endemic to the park, and 130 species of butterfly. These numbers underline the extraordinary wealth of natural history to be found in Cazorla, along with the chance to do some Lammergeier birdwatching.

"Absolutely loved every bit of my stay in Andujar. Jose went out of his way to ensure that I had the best experience and he treated me like an old friend rather than a client... What's even more remarkable were his spotting skills; identifying animals so far away that they looked just like dots to me. The most exciting of sightings was a mother lynx with a cub on our very first trip to the park! Would definitely recommend his services for anyone interested in getting the best out of wildlife in Andujar." - Romesh Wijesiri

Visiting this birthplace of the legendary River Guadalquivir takes you to one of the most biodiverse regions in Europe. Reaching an impressive altitude of over 6,800 feet, the Natural Park is a landscape of rocky peaks, sheer cliffs, gorges and magnificent waterfalls. It houses one of the largest reservoirs in Andalucía, called El Tranco. In such a dramatic and varied wilderness, it's no surprise that there are an abundance of natural features.

The geology of these sierras is formed by limestone, with the most typical woodland being pine forests. The Park is, in fact, home to the largest expanse of native forest in the Iberian Peninsula. Paradoxically, in the 18th century the sierras were designated a maritime province, providing timber for both military naval vessels and civil construction. The old tobacco factory in Seville is an example of a wooden structure from those days.

In 1983 the area around Cazorla, Segura & Las Villas was identified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve and in 1986 the Spanish government declared it to be a Natural Park. The EU then recognised it as an Area of Special Protection for Migratory Birds in 1988.

In terms of Lammergeier birding, there are thought to be more than 25 birds living in the wild in the Park, the result of a reintroduction project. The conservation initiative was inspired by the disappearance of this historically resident species in the 1980s. This galvanised action, leading to a heightened awareness of the need to restore the bird to its rightful habitat and therefore the setting up of a breeding centre and other conservation programmes.

From May to September Lammergeier birding is made easy as we have access to the centre and are  able to get close to the birds. There is an added bonus that photography of the birds is permitted.

Lammergeier Birding Tour highlights include:

  • Easy birding in one of Spain's great wildernesses
  • A visit to a Lammergeier breeding centre
  • Opportunities to photograph Lammergeier close to in their natural setting

Interested in Lammergeier birding but would also like to enjoy a specialist trip to see Iberian Lynx? Have a look at our Iberian Lynx Tour, Andujar, Spain.

Alternative Tour Name: The Lammergeier in Spain’s Largest Natural Park
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

You’ll be met at the meeting point in the historical town of Cazorla. After check-in, we’ll be ready for a route of Cerrada del Utrero Canyon, and Linarejos Waterfalls. Take a sip of the crystal-clear spring water which later goes on to unite with the Guadalquivir.

We’ll enjoy the flight of the Griffon Vultures soaring just above us, and the fast flight of the Peregrine Falcon. Other species that we could see are Crag Martin, Dipper, Black Redstart, Raven, Red-billed Chough, Carrion Crow, Crested Tit and Rock Bunting.

Day 2
Day 2 - El Chorro

Up into the Sierra to a superb vantage point known as El Chorro. We are met by spectacular views across the region combined with dramatic deep gorge terrain. We’ll then move on to El Nacimiento del Guadalquivir, birthplace of the legendary river and lifeblood of mediaeval Spain.

Day 3
Day 3 - Centro de cría Guadalentín - Puerto de las Palomas

Off and up to one of the highest vantage points in the Sierra, Rambla Seca. Our journey takes us through extensive pine forests and impressive limestone rock faces. We’ll visit Centro de cría Guadalentín, the Lammergeier Breeding Center, where the team of the project, will tell us about the reintroduction of this magnificent bird of prey. Then, we move on to Puerto de las Palomas, a good place to observe numerous birds of prey amidst majestic scenery.

Day 4
Day 4 - Sierra de Segura

After our breakfast, we’ll head onto the Sierra de Segura, in search of the Lammergeier. Most of them use to be in this area, Northeastern to the Natural Park. Full day birding and looking for these majestic raptors.

Day 5
Day 5 - End of tour

An early start for our last day birding.

End of the tour in our meeting point in the town of Cazorla.

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Griffon vultures, Peregrine falcon, Crag martin, Dipper, Black redstart, Raven, Red-billed Chough, Carrion crow, Crested tit, Rock bunting,

What is included?

  • 4 Nights of accommodation with private facilities in a charming rural Hotel
  • 4x4 transport during the tour
  • Use of quality optical equipment
  • Exclusive access to private estates
  • Guiding and interpretation in English
  • All meals, being a picnic for lunch

What is not included?

  • Extra food/drink to normal meal times
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Transfer to/from airport
  • Travel & contents insurance
  • Item of personal nature
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Anything that is not inlcuded in the itinerary and "what is included"
Wildlife Reviews
4.5 stars
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  1. Lammergeier Parque Carzola
    Martin G.25 Oct 2019
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    Interesting landscape: forest and savanna/desert like landscape on the plateau. we saw a lammergeier circling obove us.
  2. Absolutely amazing experience and an even better guide!
    Romesh Wijesiri01 Nov 2017
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    Absolutely loved every bit of my stay in Andujar. Jose went out of his way to ensure that I had the best experience and he treated me like an old friend rather than a client. Having worked in conservation of biodiversity prior to this, Jose had extensive knowledge about the local wildlife, and the ride to and from the airport was filled with enlightening discussions about the conservation efforts and issues in the region. What's even more remarkable were his spotting skills; identifying animals so far away that they looked just like dots to me. The most exciting of sightings was a mother lynx with a cub on our very first trip to the park! Would definitely recommend his services for anyone interested in getting the best out of wildlife in Andujar.

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Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas N P is the largest Natural Park in Spain and second in Europe. It is located at the East of the province. Moving the clock forward to the ’80s, it was identified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. The EU then recognized it as an area of Special Protection for Birds. In 1986 the Spanish government declared it a Natural Park. The geology of these sierras is formed by limestone, with dramatic landscapes of sheer cliffs, gorges, waterfalls and streams of crystal clear water. The most typical woodland is Pine forests, and the park boasts yet one more superlative as home to the largest expanse of forest in the whole Iberian Peninsula. In the park, there is a total of 2,170 separate species of plant of which 35 are endemism. The park is also known for being the birthplace of the River Guadalquivir. Kind off paradoxically, way back in the 18th century, the sierras was declared a maritime province, serving as it did both military and civil construction. The timbers were used in the construction of naval vessels, and the old tobacco factory in Seville is a present-day example which pays testimony to those times.

Important Tour Details

It is advisable to bring light trekking boots or walking shoes, a jacket or a fleece jacket and a rain jacket, binoculars, photo camera. *In regards to your flight, the nearest airport is Málaga – located 265 km, 3,5h from Cazorla. Another option is the Madrid airport. 365 km, 3,5h from Cazorla.

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This tour is operated by: Iberian Lynx Land
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Tour Facts

  • Cazorla
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 4 to 8 pax
  • 5 Days
  • Leisurely
  • English & Spanish
  • Malaga airport
  • Malaga airport