The Strait of Gibraltar is the point at which Africa and Europe are at their closest, and is the epicentre for one of the world’s most spectacular bird migrations. Every year, millions of birds make the 14 km sea crossing, making use of uplifts and thermals rising off the Rock of Gibraltar and the stunning Moroccan peak of Jebel Musa. An estimated 250,000 raptors pass over this rugged terrain during these periods, as well as untold thousands of other journeying passerines and seabirds
This flukey combination of geography and geology means a helping hand for birds and quite simply spectacular birding for us! The incredible natural phenomenon of visible migration will be happening all around us, meaning you can sit back with a nice cold beer and simply enjoy these unforgettable scenes.
A boat trip into the Straits itself will let you get close and personal with the many cetacean species that can be found in spring and autumn, such as Common, Bottlenose and Striped Dolphins and Long-finned Pilot Whale – even Fin, Sperm Whales and Orca are possible here. There are seabirds to look out for too, and we can hope to see Cory´s, Scopoli´s and Balearic Shearwaters, Northern Gannets, and in the right conditions, Wilson´s and European Storm Petrels.
There will also be time to explore more of the area´s superb habitats, which include salt pans, intertidal areas, freshwater wetlands, low intensity farmland, Mediterranean scrub, precipitous rock faces and the woodlands of Los Alcornocales Natural Park, Europe´s largest Cork oak Forest. The diversity and wealth of avian and other wildlife in this beautifully unspoilt area of Spain really is astounding!
Couple this with tranquil accommodation in an eco-lodge at the edge of the Natural Park itself, the chance to enjoy the picturescue streets and Moorish fortifications of the Old Town of Tarifa, and of course the chance to sample some of Andalusia´s best local food and wine, and you really do have a trip that´s Strait-up fantastic!