Bird watching trips and holidays in southern Spain
Andalucia has some of the most spectacular bird watching
in Europe. We offer guided birding excursions throughout the year from our village base of Lanjaron in the Alpujarras, the beautiful southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains
. From barren mountain peaks to lowland marshland and coastal lagoons, our bird watch tours are created to bring you the very best birding this beautiful region has.
Whether we’re watching Griffon Vultures soaring over the limestone crags of El Torcal, visiting the Greater Flamingos of Fuente de Piedra, or even watching Bee-eaters at their nest sites in the Sierra Morena, we’ll organise your trip to suit all your individual needs and make the most of the time you have available. It may just be a few hours, or a few days, whatever the time of year, there’s always plenty to see.
The Birds of Andalucia
Our spectacular Golden and Bonelli’s Eagles patrol the hillsides above the village throughout the year, joined by large numbers of migrant Short-toed and Booted Eagles in the spring. Some of Europe’s most exotic species breed locally:Golden Orioles and Hoopoe both nest around the village, and flocks of exquisite Bee-eaters bring a seasonal splash of colour to the warm, sunny days of summer.
For write-ups on our latest trips and all the local birdwatching news, see the Bird and Nature Reports section. Take a look at our galleries to get an idea of the variety of birds Andalucia has to offer.
Our birdwatching tours in the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada will lead you into some incredible locations and scenery
. The area offers trips of great variety and suits both relaxed birdwatchers and the more experienced birder. The contrasting views, the rich heritage as well as the open friendliness of the people makes this an ideal location for a birding holiday
. Lanjaron, the gateway to the Alpujarras, is an historic spa-town and has been the most important mineral-medicinal waters of Andalucia since the 18th century when its healing properties were discovered. Situated between Granada and Orgiva, Malaga airport is the main international airport of the region and has flights arriving from up to thirty UK airports throughout the year.
Getting here couldn’t be easier, and if you wish, we’ll be there to meet you off the plane. For more information about regional travel and our airport pick-up service see our information page. As an historic spa-town Lanjaron has plenty of places to stay, and when it comes to local accommodation we can offer as much help as you need. Take a look at some of our more popular hotels and rented apartments.
Outside of Andalucia we run week long birding holidays in Mallorca. This birding paradise is one of the major bird centres in Europe. Patagonia
is a destination we are venturing into, we will be offering cost only trips to this incredible area, visiting the areas around El Chalten and El Calafate. Have a look at our Argentina bird gallery
to get an idea of what this rich birding area has to offer.
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MALLORCA BIRDWATCHING TOURS AND HOLIDAYS
Mallorca has long been a favourite destination of ours. Originally for the great walking and scrambling opportunities provided by the Tramuntana mountains in the north west of the Island. Recently the birds have taken over! The area is one of the main birdwatching destinations in Europe. Our experience of the island will ensure you have a rewarding, interesting and exciting visit here.
SELF GUIDED HOLIDAY
If you have no need for a guide but could use the service of a driver and our vehicles to you to your chosen destination, contact us. Living here year round we have the inside knowledge of where the best place will be to locate certain species in this area. All we ask for is a contribution towards fuel.
BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES IN ANDALUCIA
In a word…… variety. From the high Sierra Nevada mountains to the rolling hills and lower regions of the Alpujarras. From the baking hot sub-tropical summers to the arctic-like tundra of the winter mountains. Andalucia has it all. Accompany that with whitewashed sleepy villages and the colourful and friendy people, you are not lost for subjects with which to learn, practice and develop your skills as a photographer.
Many people like to combine their hobby of birdwatching and photography. We have teamed up with award winning photographer and guidebook writer Chiz Dakin of Peak Images, to offer photography courses and workshops. These courses can be for any length of time, will suit the beginner through to the more advanced photographer. Whatever your game, bird photography, nature photography or landscape, the courses are flexible to cover individual requirements.
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