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For more than a decade we’ve been running tours to the heart of one of our favourite areas in Europe, Spain’s secret wilderness of Extremadura. This wild and beautiful country holds some of Europe's most endangered bird species in their last strongholds, so come and join us for a week in this Spanish heaven!

The rolling plains of the ‘Spanish Steppes’ are home to Europe’s strongest remaining population of its largest bird, the great bustard, whilst the oak woodlands hold a swathe of scarcities such as azure-winged magpie and black-shouldered kite. Throughout the area, with its picturesque villages and huge savannah-like landscape, white stork nests can be found everywhere you look, whilst Monfrague National Park is the best year-round raptor-watching site in Europe. This is a unique and incredibly distinctive region, with lovely scenery, small empty lanes, and absolutely brimming with birds.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Madrid

    From Madrid it is about a three hour drive to our hotel. We’ll stop on the way for a short birdwatching break.

    Casa Rural Las Canteras, near Trujillo, 7-nights

  2. Days 2-7 : Explore Monfrague National Park

    Five days exploring the steppes, woodlands, wetlands and wilderness of Monfrague National Park for birds and wildlife.

  3. Day 8: Depart

    We leave after breakfast and drive back to Madrid for our return flight to the UK in the late afternoon or evening.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 8 days from £1,595 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 days from £1,445 pp
  • Single supplement: From £225
  • Group size: 7
  • Departures:
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  • Included in the price/package:
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • All meals
    • All transfers
    • Admissions
    • Services of the leaders
  • Activities available:
    • Nature drive
    • Walking

Expert leaders

John Muddeman

Photo of John Muddeman

After settling in Madrid in February 1997, John now lives with his family in the mountains there.

A freelance wildlife tour guide, author, translator and honorary member of the Extremaduran Association of Birdwatching and Wildlife Guides, his all-round natural history knowledge, affable personality and extremely sharp field skills have brought him a well-deserved loyal following.

Richard Cash

Photo of Richard Cash

Richard has specialised in the Pyrenees region and the wilder parts of Spain for more than 20 years.

During this time he has walked many thousands of kilometres through the Spanish mountains leading a variety of trips. A fund of information on the natural history, mountains and people of Spain, Richard loves showing visitors this special part of the world. His main interests are natural history - birds, botany and butterflies - hiking, cross-country skiing, and nature photography. When not leading tours Richard spends time with his family, in the garden, playing music in a local band and cooking.

Featured location:

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