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North-East of Spain Birding Tour, Catalonia & Aragon - 8 Days

North-East of Spain Birding Tour, Catalonia & Aragon
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Spain Birdwatching  Tour

An 8-day Spain birding tour which explores Catalonia, the most cosmopolitan region in Spain. Catalonia has a strong economy based on industry, HighTech and tourism. Barcelona, it's the capital city, shows the best of the Catalan culture as it is open and cosmopolitan. The Catalan language, well alive in the whole territory despite the scarce recognition by Spanish authorities, is an example of how vibrant the country is.

During these 8 days, 7 nights long tour we will explore some of the best birding hot spots in the country, and we will do so in a gorgeous moment of the year! Yes, in late April and early May, the spring migration is on its peak and millions of birds cross the area in their trip between African and their European nesting grounds. And all of this when nesting season is at the very beginning! During the tour, we will enjoy several Nightingales, Golden Orioles and Calandra Larks singing.

The list of birds will arrive well above 200 and it will include top targets such as Bonelli's Eagle, Lammergeier, Ortolan Bunting, Pin-tailed & Black-bellied Sandgrouses, Dupont's Lark, Western Orphean Warbler, Audouin's Gull, Common Rock Thrush, Citril Finch, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Bearded Tit, Montagu's Harrier, Little Bustard, Tengmalm's Owl, Squacco Heron, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Black Woodpecker, Eurasian Scops Owl, Red-necked Nightjar, Lesser Short-toed Larks...

During the tour, we will enjoy exclusive accommodations offering wonderful evening meals with some local wine. The rhythm of the tour is not high as bird activity collapses at midday neither the afternoon, allowing excellent birding all day long!

Alternative Name: Catalonia Grand Tour
Day 1
Days 1 & 2 - Arrival - Ebro Delta Natural Park

Meet and wellcome in the Barcelona International Airport. Transfer to Ebro Delta (1.5 hours) and arrival to our hotel for a two nights stay. We will spend two full days to enjoy the variety of birds living there. Greater Flamingo, Audouin’s & Slenderbilled Gulls, Glossy Ibis, Western Swamphen, Black-winged Stilt, Whiskered Tern and Squacco Heron are all common sights in this huge wetland. Along with them we will look for scarcer species such as Caspian, Gull-billed & Little Terns, Purple & Night Herons, Collared Pratincole, Penduline Tits as well as Iberian Reed Bunting, Moustached, Savi’s and Great Reed Warblers.

A huge amount of migratory birds can be also spot all along the year. Curlew Sanpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Dotterel and Marsh Sandpiper are regularly seen in this Delta.

Day 2
Day 3 - Lleida Steppes

After breakfast, we will take a final look to some spots in Ebro Delta before transfering to Los Monegros steppe-land (1.5 hours), where we will arrive right before lunch. In the afternoon we will enjoy of some birds living in the steppes, including Black-eared Wheatear, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Southern Grey Shrike, Shorttoed Eagle, European Bee-eater, Lesser Kestrel, Calandra Lark and Montagu’s Harrier.

Day 3
Day 4 - Lleida Steppes & Los Monegros

Full day in the steppe-lands. We will look for both Pin-tailed & Blackbellied Sandgrouses, Lesser & Greater Short-toed Larks, Stone Curlew, Little Bustard and the poorly known Dupont’s Lark. After a mid-day stop, we will visit clay cliffs where Blue Rock Thrush, Thekla Lark, Dartford Warbler, Black Wheatear, Alpine Swift, Stock Dove, Common Rock Sparrow and Golde Eagle are to be found.

After dinner we will go to enjoy the nocturnal trip. Red-necked Nightjar, Barn Owl, Scops Owl and Longeared Owl will easily appear.

Day 4
Day 5 - From the steppes to the Pyrenees

We will spend the morning we will enjoy some steppe lands hosting good densities of scarce species such as Subalpine & Western Orphean Warblers, Roller, Black-winged Kite, Little Bustard and Ortolan Bunting. In the early afternoon we will arrive to our accommodation in the Pyrenees and we will enjoy of our first views on some big raptors.

Day 5
Day 6 - Boumort Natural Park

In the morning we will explore the almond and olive orchards around the Boumort NP massif cliffs. Here we will look for a long list of birds including Hoopoe, Woodlark, Crested Lark, Woodchat Shrike, Wryneck, Golden Oriole and Rock Sparrow. Along the day we will se tones of Griffon Vultures, can be easily seen. Among them, Lammergeiers are soaring along the cliffs or over the slopes, showing their beautiful silouette. Cinerous and Egyptian Vultures are also a common view here. Other raptors here include Booted and Golden Eagles, Red Kite and Honey Buzzard (migratory). We will arrive to our new hotel (overnight) in the lat afternoon.

Day 6
Day 7 - Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park

Some short walks in the high mountain ambient in Cadí-Moixeró NP will let us see some impressive species including Common Rock Thrush, Citril Finch, Water Pipit, Black Redstart, Dunnock, Northern Wheatear, Rock Bunting, Red-billed & Alpine Choughs, Common Crosbill and also raptors like Lammegeier.

At midday we will transfer to Aiguamolls de l’Empordà NP (1.5 hours). This wetland is a wonderful site to spot interesting migratory birds and it is great area to take good images of Squacco Heron, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis or Black-winged Stilt.

Day 7
Day 8 - Aiguamolls Natural Park

Full day visiting Aiguamolls. We will look for scarce migratory birds. Spoonbill, Little Gull, Spotted Crake, Great Snipe, White-winged Tern or Red-throated Pipit are some of the species easily appearing. Along with them we will enjoy of some resident or summer birds such as Moustached Warbler, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Hen Harrier, Mediterranean Shag, European Kingfisher and Pallid Swift.

Final transfer to Barcelona International Airport.

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

Catalonia, along with Bulgaria, are the European countries providing with a largest amount of species in a single tour. Many tours in Bulgaria  reach 220 or 225 species in a 12/15 days itinerary, while a 8 days tour in Catalonia can easily provide with 215 species. Not bad!

But this is not only about numbers, but about quality. Due to the variety of ecosystems, Catalonia provides excellent birding from the semi-deserts to the alpine meadows.

Some of the unique species to enjoy include Dupont’s Lark, Bearded Vulture, Audouin’s Gull, Black Wheatear, Yelkouan Shearwater, Bonelli’s Eagle, Citril Finch, Iberian Green Woodpecker (endemic to Iberia), Ortolan Bunting, Cinereous Vulture, Common Rock Thrush, Collared Pratincole, Western Orphean Warbler, Common Rock Sparrow, Iberian Grey Shrike (endemic to Iberia), Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Egyptian Vulture, Spectacled Warbler, Little Bustard, Rock Bunting, Slender-billed Gull, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Melodious Warbler, Western Swamphen, Thekla Lark, Red-billed Chough…

Plus a large amount of migratory species, waders, terns and a good set of gulls!

What is included?

  • Price includes 7 nights of accommodation in exclusive,
  • Local-owned hotels,
  • Professional guiding along the tour,
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles along the tour,
  • Breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, fees to protected areas, travel insurance, all taxes.

What is not included?

  • Items of personal nature
  • Coffee stops during the tour
  • Gratuities
  • Any item don't listed as included.
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
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  1. Excellent guided tours
    Tomas Baldrian05 Mar 2018
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    I attended already two tours guided by Carles Oliver - Big Catalonia/Spain loop and Morocco. Carles is one of the best birdwatchers that I met in my life, excellent observiation skills and encyclopedic knowledge of all birds in the region. Thanks to him my bird list was full of lifers after each of the trip. Moreover, Carles is very nice with people and keep smiling and in good mood the whole trip. Highly recommended!
  2. Excellent birding with Barcelona Birding Point in Spain, Morocco and Czech republic
    Geert Bauke Kortleve08 Feb 2018
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    Between 2013 and 2018 we have made several birding trips with Carles from Barcelona Birding Point ranging from 1 day trips in Catalonia to 10 days birding in Morocco. Each trip has been a wonderful experience with excellent birding, fantastic landscapes, great food & accomodation and also excellent wildlife photography opportunities. Carles is an excellent guide, passionate about birding and conservation and he has a great approach to birdwatching, he is enthousiastic, energetic but never stressful and well organized. Highlights included: A wonderful 10 day trip in Central/Southern Morocco observing all the target birds, the trips to the Pyrenees including a visit a Vulture Feeding Station with fantastic close-up views of Bearded Vultures, European Black Vultures and Griffon Vultures. Birding the steppes with excellent close-up views of Dupont's Lark and a nocturnal birding trip observing 5 species of Owls and 2 Nightjar species! And our most recent mid-winter trip to Central Spain observing 8 Spanish Imperial Eagles, 50+ White-headed Ducks, Flocks of Great Bustards, 1000+ Cranes, Black-winged Kites and much more. We can highly recommend Barcelona Birding Point to all birders who want to experience a great birding experience!
  3. Best Barcelona Birding!
    Sue Keaveney17 Apr 2017
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    Fantastic experience! I've hired birding guides all over the world and Sergi and Carles are two of the most skilled, most enthusiastic, and most personable individuals I've had the pleasure to bird with. I spent one full day with Sergi and another full day with Carles. I found them both easy to talk to and easy to spend a day with. They grew up in Barcelona, so they not only know where the birds are, they know great little places to eat and interesting stories about the area. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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Why book with Barcelona Birding Point?

Barcelona Birding Point is a birding travel agency created to provide quality guided birding and wildlife tours from our base in Barcelona. You will find a wide range of tours which cover the most outstanding birding areas in Catalonia and neighbouring regions. Our tours will lead you throughout some of the best birding locations in Spain where you can enjoy great views of the most sought after species along with stunning scenery in areas o great natural beauty.

How much walking is involved?

We consider that our tours must be open to everybody so we normally include gentle shortwalks in our itineraries. No long walks, nor ruff terrain, neither steep.

What kind of accommodation includes the tour?

In our tours in Catalonia, we are proud to work with a selected set of small, local owned accommodation providing majestic setting, wonderful service and incredible food. We have been told many times that our tours should be also gastronical... Well, maybe! But, what you can be sure is about having excellent accommodation during our tours.

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Tour Facts

  • Catalonia
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Birds
  • 8 days, 7 nights
  • March to June & August to October
  • English, Catalan, Spanish
  • +11 years
  • Barcelona-El Prat International Airport or drop off in hotel nearby
  • Barcelona-El Prat International Airport or drop off in hotel nearby