Birding in the Tarifa Area, Cadiz
This leisurely-paced 7-day Best of Tarifa Birding & Wildlife Tour covers the whole range of different types of birding and wildlife watching to be had in the area around the town of Tarifa.
On the first day, the destination on this Tarifa birding trip is La Breña and Barbate Marshes Natural Park and the Medina Countryside. This area hosts a diverse set of ecosystems: marine, salt marsh, pine woods, and cliffs where species such as Yellow-legged Gulls, Jackdaws, and Peregrine Falcons nest. This site was recently selected for a reintroduction programme for one of the rarest birds in the Western Palearctic: the Northern Bald Ibis.
"I had heard the area was good... but this trip exceeded all my expectations. The amount of raptors and other migrating birds made a wonderful trip and I have already booked another weekend with Manuel in October for the late migrating birds. Manuel was extremely knowledgeable and took me to places that I would have never known existed... Highlights were a very close experience with a Spanish Imperial Eagle and some great photos." - Ian Ferdinand
Day two of our Tarifa birding tour takes in Sanlucar de Barrameda, a picturesque town at the mouth of the river Guadalquivir where saltmarshes, salt pan areas, lakes, pinewoods, fish farms, and vineyards can be found, all full of birdlife. There we may see Squacco Heron, Glossy Ibis, Calandra Lark, and perhaps even Marbled Duck and Osprey.
The raptors paradise of the Straits of Gibraltar occupies the next leg of this birding voyage around Tarifa. In the migration season of spring and autumn, this is the best vantage point to see the passage of thousands of birds between their breeding and wintering grounds. Of course, this is also a good place to take a boat trip to see some of the cetaceans that cruise by from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.
The Tarifa birding tour culminates in visits to Grazalema Natural Park for Bonelli's and Golden Eagles, Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon and Red-billed Chough, and the La Janda Wetlands and Alcornocales Natural Park for Spanish Imperial Eagle, Purple Swamphen, Black-shouldered Kite and a breeding colony of Glossy Ibis.
Best of Tarifa Birding & Wildlife Tour highlights include:
- A chance to see the rare Northern Bald Ibis
- Magnificent flocks of birds of prey migrating across the Straits of Gibraltar
- Many species of whales and dolphins in the waters off Tarifa
Do you have an additional day you would like to spend birdwatching in Morocco? Have a look at The Straits and Morocco Birding Trip, Tarifa, Spain.
Alternative Name: Tarifa Birdwatching Highlights Tour