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Wildlife holidays in Spain with Naturetrek
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Wildlife holidays in Spain

Tell me about Spain …

Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe and Spanish is the world’s second most spoken language.

Mention the idea of a Spanish holiday and images of vast hotel conurbations, over-crowded beaches, phoney flamenco dancers and fake bullfights come to mind. Somehow, our impression of the country finds it hard to escape these holiday brochure clichés, yet most of this large country remains unknown to foreigners.

Spain has some truly spectacular scenery, from high plateaux and mountain ranges to huge rivers and wetland regions such as the Coto Donana. Its climate varies from continental to arid Mediterranean.

Spain’s warm, friendly people, delicious food, diverse landscapes, pleasant climate and superb wildlife make it an excellent choice for a natural history holiday.

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Our Spain specialist recommends...

"Our ‘Extremadura in Winter’ tour is a 7-day exploration of the bird-rich steppes of Extremadure where we can see large winter flocks of Great and Little Bustards. Our pioneering ‘Realm of the Iberian Lynx’ tour gives you the opportunity to see the world’s rarest cat. There is a good chance of seeing other mammals as well as there being a plethora of birdlife."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager


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Common CranesBee-eaterBlack-winged StiltCalandra LarkCollared PratincoleBerdún (Casa Sarasa)Aisa Valley (Dawn Balmer)Spanish Pyrenees hotelSpanish Pyrenees hotelIberian wolf (Thomas Mills)View of the hills (Ed Drewitt)Red Kite (Ed Drewitt)A traditional corrala (Ed Drewitt)Spotted RedshankAudouin's Gull

Whats special about the wildlife?

Spain is home to some of Western Europes most exciting mammals, such as Wolf, Brown Bear and Lynx. It has a rich variety of bird species, many of which are absent from the UK, including raptors, sandgrouse, lark species, Wallcreeper and many more.

Naturetrek tours to Spain

Naturetrek offers a whole range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours in Spain. Our choice includes:

  • Bird watching in Extremadura, Coto Donana & the Spanish Pyrenees
  • Birds, flowers & butterflies in the Picos de Europa & Catalonia
  • Wolf watching & wild flower holidays
  • Iberian Lynx tours in Andalucia
  • Bird migration at Gibraltar plus whale & dolphin watching from Tarifa & in the Bay of Biscay
  • Holidays combining interests such as tasting local wines & birding, or learning Spanish & wildlife viewing

Anything else?

  • You will enjoy the best of Spains birds, plants, mammals and butterflies in the company of our expert naturalist guides
  • The characterful & friendly family-run hotels that we choose for our holidays in Spain offer both comfort & fine local cuisine
  • The quality of the Naturetrek picnic lunch in Spain is legendary


The Spanish Pyrenees

Both Gerald and Philip appeared confident, very approachable and provided excellent advice on identification of birds, butterflies and plants - both are obviously experts in their fields and fully complemented each other. Although I am not particularly interested in plants, Philip's obvious enthusiasm did rub off occasionally on me! Traditional Spanish meals at Emilio's were very good, with pleasant, helpful staff and waitresses.
This was a really excellent trip. Byron was a charming, helpful and knowledgeable leader and guide and ably assisted by Ed. Our wolf sightings exceeded all expectations.
Our two guides were brilliant and very knowledgeable - all came away with a better understanding of the habitats, flowers, butterflies, birds and mammals - 100%.