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
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
- 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
The trip leaders, Phil and Byron, worked extremely well together. Their driving was excellent at all times, in addition to their good awareness, patience, knowledge and ability to enthuse in all different spheres. They both have a great sense on humour which makes all the difference to this sort of holiday with such a mixed bag of punters! Accommodation was great too - Melanie and Peter are excellent hosts and made sure we were comfortable and well catered for at every meal, with a great variety of fresh food with a good Spanish/English mix.
This trip was extremely successful and delivered on every aspect promised in the brochure - the scenery and views were glorious and it was hugely helpful (to me) that Richard could explain so much of the geology (and Peter, the history, on the last day). We explored an even more varied range of terrains than I had hoped for - river beds, steep gorges, mountain passes, up in the mountains - thanks to a ski-lift - flower-filled meadows, watched vultures feeding, and had beautiful (but not steep) walks. The butterfly people nearly reached their 100 species. The (fewer) birders had a good haul and the botanists (me and one other) have a spectacular haul that will still need many days to sort out! We could not have been better looked after, informed and entertained by Richard and Gerald. We could not have been better fed and cared for than by Mel and Peter. The group of varied ages/occupations/interests got on well for the week. I hugely enjoyed the week. Now back to the botany!
The accommodation was excellent. Food delicious - packed lunches amazing. There was very good coverage of a variety of interests in addition to butterflies - flowers, birds and the local geology. The leaders tailored the itinerary to the weather conditions excellently, going to higher altitudes on the hottest days and finding sheltered meadows on breezy days. They complemented each other well. Both had all-round general knowledge of natural history; Richard brought his local knowledge of the area and Gerald his dry sense of humour. I would be more than happy to go on a holiday led by either of them again.