4 recommended wildlife locations.The species listed below are just a selection of those you may see.
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.
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
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.
Ideal for viewing: Peregrine falcon, Spanish imperial eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, River otter, Eurasian black vulture
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