Wildlife locations

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

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

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. The massif is most famous as one of the few existing strongholds of the Iberian wolf. The reserve also has healthy populations of prey: roe deer and wild boar.

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

Wildlife trips

With a long and rich history, the principal country of the Iberian Peninsula has a surprising wealth of wildlife in its national parks and reserves. A patchwork of protected areas harbours several endangered species that have been saved from the brink of extinction by effective conservation.

2 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Secret Wilderness of Extremadura

The wild and beautiful Spanish region of Extremadura is the last stronghold for some of Europe's most endangered bird species. Join us for a spring or autumn week, travelling deep into the heart of this secret wilderness to view these scarcities amongst a spectacular assemblage of raptors.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

Iberian Lynx Quest

Explore some of the most wonderful and wild corners of Andalucia. Visit the vast Doñana National Park and the rugged Andujar Natural Park, last refuges of the rarest cat in the world, the critically endangered Iberian lynx, and home to a multitude of other mammals and birds.

  • Trip type: Group tour
  • Duration exc. international flights: 8 days

When to go

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


  • 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
  • Apr to May: Wolf cubs are born
  • Oct to Nov: Migrant birds pass through en route south to warmer climes



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