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Wildlife Locations

4 recommended locations:

Andújar Natural Park

The Sierra de Andújar range is one of the last two refuges in Spain of the elusive and highly endangered Iberian lynx, whose population is estimated at around 80 adults, which produce some 35 cubs a year. It is also one of the few places in Andalucia where the increasingly rare wolf is still found.

  • Where: Andalucia
  • Ideal for viewing: Iberian lynx, wild cat, otter, Spanish imperial eagle, black vulture

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

View trips to these locations

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.

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

Iberian Lynx Quest

Explore some of the most wonderful and wild corners of Andalucia. Visit the vast Doñana National Park and the rugged Andújar 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.

  • When to go: Oct-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,495 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Bird Photography in Extremadura

This spring birdwatching break to provides an opportunity to photograph a wide diversity of species from dedicated hides during the breeding season. Based in Monfragüe National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this is the ideal location to see a variety of raptors, especially black and griffon vultures.

  • When to go: Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 5 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,595 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Iberian Lynx Weekend

An exclusive short break for readers of BBC Wildlife Magazine to a wild corner of Andalucia - rugged Andújar Natural Park - with naturalist guide John Muddeman. Andújar is not only the last refuge of the world’s rarest cat, the endangered Iberian lynx, but also home to a wealth of other wildlife.

  • When to go: Dec-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 4 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

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 week of birding, travelling deep into the heart of this secret wilderness to view these scarcities amongst a spectacular assemblage of raptors.

  • When to go: Apr-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,595 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

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

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