Extremadura, Andalusia & La Mancha wetlands

Extremadura, Andalusia & La Mancha wetlands

A 7-day tour around Extremadura, Andalucia and the wetlands of La Mancha

We will discover the charm of some unique natural areas from Monfragüe National Park to the wetlands of La Mancha. We’ll take you to the best bird observation points at the Odiel marismas and continue our route with a bird-filled visit to Doñana, a World Heritage Site and one of the most important wetlands in Europe. Not to mention the other surprising places on our itinerary: we’ll make stops at bird-rich areas like Arrocampo and Talavan, the Caceres plains, the Tablas de Daimiel and the Alcazar de San Juan lagoons.

Each location is carefully chosen to provide the visitor with a complete picture of the unique diversity of ecosystems and fauna in the Iberian peninsula, a must for any nature lover.

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ROUTEKEY SPECIES
Day 1MADRID – ARROCAMPO – MONFRAGÜE NATIONAL PARK
Meet at Madrid airport and transfer to Monfragüe. On the way we will stop at Arrocampo reservoir (Almaraz) where we will look for marshland and aquatic birds. We will arrive at Monfragüe in the evening, when there may be time to do some biriding in the hotel grounds.
Purple Heron, Little Bittern, Eurasian Black Vulture, European Marsh Harrier, Black-winged Kite, Purple Swamphen, Bearded Reedling, Savi’s Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Spanish Sparrow, Iberian Azure-winged Magpie.
Day 2MONFRAGÜE NATIONAL PARK
This National Park holds a sizeable area of mediterranean hillside and woodland, and we will visit the best areas, stopping at the many useful vantage points along the road that transects modt of the park, as well as walking a few easy trails on the way.
Black Stork, Red Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Eurasian Black Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Snake-eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Iberian Green Woodpecker, European Turtle Dove, Hoopoe, Woodlark, Alpine Swift, White-rumped Swift, Red-rumped Swallow, Black Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Hawfinch, Iberian Azure-winged Magpie, Dartford Warbler, Western Orphean Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Firecrest, Short-toed Treecreeper, Hawfinch, Rock Bunting, Cirl Bunting.
Day 3THE CACERES PLAINS AND TALAVAN
We will leave Torrejon el Rubio village at first light and head for Caceres, passing the small Talavan reservoir to find ourselves in the middle of the Caceres plains, one of the finest areas of steppe in Spain. We will spend time in the best points in this extensive area, ending up in the city of Trujillo where we will do some urban birding in its medieval streets.
Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Eurasian Black Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Golden Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Collared Pratincole, Little Tern, European Roller, Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Great and Little Bustards, Stone Curlew, Little Owl, Calandra Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Tawny Pipit, Black Wheatear.
Day 4TRUJILLO – DOÑANA NATIONAL PARK
We will set off early from Trujillo and head to Seville, stopping on the way at Alange reservoir in the central Badajoz sierras, where we will have lunch. We will continue south, arriving at El Rocio mid-afternoon to check into our hotel. We will them do some birdwatching around the El Rocio marshes and nearby sites like Acebuche.
Eurasian Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Black-winged Stilt, Gull-billed Tern, Little Tern, Alpine Swift, Pallid Swift, Calandra Lark, Thekla Lark, Blue Rock Thrush, Black Wheatear, Common Waxbill, Red Amadavat, Rock Bunting.
Day 5DOÑANA NATIONAL PARK
We will follow a route from El Rocio to the José Antonio Valverde interpretation centre, crossing the park’s dune system. The observatory is situated at the edge of a lagoon which hosts a large mixed heronry including the largest breeding colony of Glossy Ibis in Spain. Later we’ll return to El Rocio, along the Guadiamar corridor and the Dehesa de Abajo lagoon.
Marbled Duck, Eurasian Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Purple Heron, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Black-winged Kite, Black Kite, Crested Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Greater and Lesser Short-toed Larks, Great Reed Warbler, European Reed Warbler.
Day 6THE ODIEL MARISMAS
We will visit the Odiel marismas, an area of great importance for migrant waders. At midday we will begin our journey to La Mancha wetlands, arriving in the Daimiel area at night.
Eurasian Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron, a good selection of Palearctic waders, Slender-billed Gull, Common Tern.
Day 7DAIMIEL NATIONAL PARK – ALCAZAR DE SAN JUAN
We will dedicate the whole morning to birding the Daimiel National Park, along its network of boardwalk trails over the lagoon and through the reedbeds. We will also visit the nearby Navaseca Lagoon. On the way to Madrid we will stop at Alcazar de San Juan.
White-headed Duck, Marbled Duck, Black-necked Grebe, Greater Flamingo, European Marsh Harrier, Black-winged Stilt, Bearded Reedling, Savi’s Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Spanish Sparrow.
Day 8MADRID
Transfer to airport. Return to city of origin.
RECOMMENDED DATES
  • April- May
CONDITIONS
  • Maximum group size: 12 people
  • Minimum group size: 6 people
PRICE
  • Price: contact us

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  • Booked accommodation consists of double rooms with an en suite bathroom for private use. If for any reason it is necessary to change this, the tour operator reserves the right to substitute booked hotes for another similar establishment. If the use of inferior accommodation cannot be avoided, the client will be reimbirsed proportionately for the difference in price.
  • The price of booked accommodation is based on a double room per night. If you are travelling alone, and you don’t mind sharing accommodation, please specify in your application (“willing to share”). If there are other members of the group who are also amenable to sharing, the agency will facilitate the booking. If you are travelling alone and wish to have a room to yourself, please add the Single Room Supplement to the tour fees.
THE PRICE INCLUDES

  • Being met at the airport on arrival
  • Transport in a private vehicle from the start to the end of the tour
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Three meals a day
  • National Park entrance fees according to the interary
  • Local guide who speaks Spanish and English
  • Health and Safety Insurance
  • Professional support from our team
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flight tickets at the start and the end of the tour
  • Travel insurance and flight cancellation insurance
  • Personal extras: drinks, laundry, telephone bills
  • Single room supplement
  • Unspecified food (snacks etc)
  • Activities and excursions not mentioned in the tour itinerary
  • Airport taxes or entry and exit fees
  • Any other service not mentioned above
  • Breakfast and dinner will be in each hotel. During excursions we will have a picnic lunch outside, but depending on the route, we might have lunch in a restaurant near the site we are visiting.
  • If you suffer from an allergy or dietary intolerance, you should inform us of this when you make your reservation and we will try to offer you adecuate menus on the tour.We would be happy to help.
  • Road travel (journey distance and time) is carefully planned on our tours. However, in the case of unfavourable weather conditions, or a change in opening hours or other technical problems, our itinerary may alter. The guide will decide how to modify each stage of the trip if necessary to adapt to the conditions on the trip. We ask for flexibilty and understanding from tour members should this be the case.
  • Documentation: Passport or official prrodf of identity, which should be valid throughout your stay in Spain. We recommend yopu get aN EU Health Card and specify if you suffer from any allergy to medication.
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  • Climate: Mediterranean climate with an Atlantic influence in Extremadura, Odiel and Doñana. During April and May temperatures are warm and pelasant, between 17 and 20ºC.
  • Local time: If you would like to know the exact local time in Spain, please click here . We are one hour ahead of GMT in summer and winter.
  • Currency: the currency in Spain is the Euro (EUR). You can concult the current exchange rate at the following site: click here
  • What to bring
    • Observation equipment: binoculars and/or telescope, camera and field guide.
    • Voltage is 220v and 50Hz in Spain, so make sure you have an adaptor that you can use to connect camera, phone and laptop chargers. click here for more information.
    • Clothing: light, comfortable clothing, hiking boots or outdoor shoes, something warm for the evenings and a hat and sun cream.

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