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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.

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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TorrecerredoEurasian Griffon (Julia Todd)Above Fuente DeOur hotel in the northern Picos de EuropaTeide (Paul Harmes)Roque Agando, La Gomera (Paul Harmes)Pico de la Zazara on the Peninsula de Jandia (Paul Harmes)Atlantic Lizard,Gallotia atlantica (Paul Harmes)Iberian wolf (Thomas Mills)View of the hills (Ed Drewitt)Red Kite (Ed Drewitt)A traditional corrala (Ed Drewitt)Sierra Brava (David Morris)Castle ruins (Byron Palacios)Our hotel in ExtremaduraOur hotel in ExtremaduraValle de Aisa (Sergio Padura)Berdún (Sergio Padura)

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

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Spain HOLIDAYS

I would particularly enjoy another tour with these two leaders who are both exceptional.
Jenny has a wide knowledge of the flowers and was meticulous in looking up those she had not seen before. She recorded each find. She gave clear reasons for the identification as far as she could. She led clearly and diplomatically. Matt showed keen enthusiasm for the birds, butterflies and the area. He had put much effort into preparing for the tour.
I've travelled with Maureen Ponting before and know how good she is. I hadn't met Matt Hobbs but was most impressed - both with his helpfulness and with his willingness to go the extra mile - literally in the case of fetching the bus to save our legs. His picnic salads were a revelation - hazelnut waldorf salad, freshly prepared, above Fuente De had passing hikers queuing up for a taste.