Flyway of the Mediterranean - Bird-watching in Andalusia

Monitor Europe’s most impressive bird migration on this week-long, expert-led birding itinerary to southern Spain, visiting Tarifa Island, Rio Guadalhorce Nature Reserve, and Donana.

Flyway of the Mediterranean - Bird-watching in Andalusia

The Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, is the setting for one of Europe’s most spectacular bird migrations. Every autumn, large numbers of raptors make the journey across the Strait and into north Africa, turning this southernmost tip of Europe into a birdwatcher’s paradise. On this week-long birding safari, you’ll track the migration in the company of an expert ornithologist, as you explore the southern coast of Spain.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Malaga – Guadalhorce Nature Reserve – Tarifa

    On arrival in Malaga this morning, you will be met by your guide and the other members of your group for the short drive to Guadalhorce Nature Reserve, where your bird watching adventure begins.

  2. Day 2: Los Lances and La Janda

    After breakfast, your guide will take you 7km north of Tarifa to the wide sandy beach of Los Lances, which is backed by low lying sand dunes which form part of a national park.

  3. Day 3: Tarifa Island and Sierra de la Plata

    Today your guide will take you to visit the southernmost point in Europe, at the southern tip of Tarifa Island, which is home to a large colony of yellow-legged gulls.

  4. Day 4: Full day in Donana National Park

    After an early breakfast, set off with your guide for the 1¾ hour drive to Donana, a UNESCO world heritage site and Spain’s most impressive national park.

  5. Day 5: Barbate marshes, northern Bald Ibis and Whale Watching

    This morning will see you explore one of Spain’s best preserved coastal areas, the Barbate Marshes. Here are found high cliffs (up to 100 metres), salt marshes, freshwater lakes and pine forests.

  6. Day 6: Grazalema and Ronda

    This morning you’ll say goodbye to your hosts at Meson de Sancho and journey up into the mountains of Cádiz and Málaga province. This is a very different landscape, where the limestone outcrops create spectacular scenery. En route you’ll pass several of the white towns (“pueblos blancos”) typical of the region, including the picturesque Grazalema.

  7. Day 7: Lagunas de Campillos Natural Reserve – Malaga Airport

    Breakfast and drive to the Lagunas de Campillos Natural Reserve. This small reserve centres on five seasonal saltwater lakes, which are home to the largest colony of flamingos in Spain. The vegetation is composed of salt cedars, sedge, reeds and rosebays, which have adapted and flourish in the saline soil.

Price guide

This is a small group scheduled tour requiring a minimum of six to run - please contact us for upcoming departure dates. Our published price based on shared double/twin accommodation. If joining as a solo traveller, the single supplement cost is £300.

7 days from £1470pp


7 days from £1470pp

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