4 recommended wildlife locations. The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.

Doñana National Park

Situated on Spain’s southwest coast one hour from Seville on the north bank of the Guadalquivir River at its estuary with the Atlantic Ocean is Doñana National Park. This park is one of the largest in Europe and is famed for its pristine wetland habitats that attract large numbers of wildlife.

  • Where: Southwest coast
  • Ideal for viewing: Spanish imperial eagle, Iberian lynx, Egyptian mongoose, Adalbert’s eagle, Wild boar
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

La Montaña Palentina

This mountainous area around 100 kilometres north of the provincial capital of Palencia, in the northern region of Castilla y León, is a distinct geographical entity. Part of the Cantabrian chain, it boasts peaks such as Espigüete, one of the most distinctive, that reach a height of 2,450 metres.

  • Where: Castilla y León
  • Ideal for viewing: Pine marten, Wild boar, Polecat, Roe deer, Brown bear
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Bear watching, Birdwatching

Monfragüe National Park

Monfragüe, Extremadura’s only national park, lies at the heart of the province of Cáceres, close to the confluence of the rivers Tajo and Tiétar, which carve out deep gorges as they run through a series of low mountain ranges. The resulting rocky cliffs offer an ideal location for birds to breed.

  • Where: Cáceres
  • Ideal for viewing: Peregrine falcon, Spanish imperial eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, River otter, Eurasian black vulture
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Sierra de la Culebra National Park

The 95-kilometre long Sierra de la Culebra in Castile and León in northwest Spain reaches 1,243 metres at its highest point, Peña Mira. In winter its summits are often covered with snow, and in summer its wooded slopes are occasionally ravaged by forest fires.

  • Where: Northwest Spain
  • Ideal for viewing: Wildcat, Iberian wolf, Badger, Pine marten, Roe deer
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching, Wolf watching

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Wild España

Years of wildlife conservation in the national parks and reserves of the Iberian Peninsula has generated some enviable results and iconic wildlife such as bears, wolves and lynx.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 9 days

When to go

Spain is a year round destination, but for comfort it's best to avoid the intense summer heat.

Seasons

  • Winter

    Dec to Feb: It can be very cold in the mountains, but is nevertheless often sunny and usually dry
  • Spring

    Mar to May: A pleasant time to visit before the intense summer heat, with sunny days and cool nights
  • Summer

    Jun to Aug: Warm nights at the start and end of this period are lovely, but it can get exceptionally hot
  • Autumn

    Sep to Nov: Another pleasant time to visit, though there is always a risk of rain

Wildlife events

  • Mar to Apr: Migrant birds pass through en route north to breed
  • Mar to Apr: Wild flowers bloom
  • Oct to Nov: Migrant birds pass through en route south to warmer climes
  • Apr to May: Wolf cubs are born

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