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Birdwatching in Almeria QQQQ

Cabo de Gata, Spain

  • Sardinian warbler
  • Gabo de Gata Natural Park
  • The magnificent marsh harrier
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Discover the exciting birdlife of Almeria on this special birdwatching holiday

Almeria is a special place for birdwatchers – from its diverse habitats to the breadth of species that live, breed or over-winter here, it's a fascinating area blessed with normally good weather. On this exciting holiday you can discover some of the birds of this region as you visit the Natural Parks of Cabo de Gata and Los Véléz, explore desert and mountain areas and spend a day at the wetlands. From water birds to rare species and colourful visitors, you may find just what's wanted in this unique area of southern Spain, although obviously we can't guarantee sightings. You can also look forward to talks from your expert birdwatching host and relaxing at the end of an exciting day as you enjoy the sea views and included drinks at your hotel.

Your birdwatching programme

Cabo de Gata Natural Park – the marshes and wetlands: Taking in mountainous, mainland and coastal areas, this Natural Park is the Mediterranean coast's largest protected area and is also a Biosphere Reserve and Special Bird Protection Area. Look out here for the marsh harrier, hoopoe, curlews and greater flamingo.

Cabo de Gata Natural Park – the Steppes and Gypsum: Discover more of the park as you visit the steppes and gypsum areas, watching for birds including the blue rock thrush, black wheatear, little owls and perhaps even the colourful bee-eater.

Tabernas desert and mid arid mountain: This arid semi-desert region is home to the lark, European roller, wagtails, and more. Keep a lookout for kestrels and – if you're lucky – even a golden eagle.

The west coast of Almeria – wetlands: Head for the wetlands where water birds include the Andouin and slender-billed gull, ducks such as the shoveller and shelduck, plus grebes and more.

Los Vélez Natural Park: This diverse park with plains, mountains and woodland boasts over 100 species of birds. It's also a 'special protection zone' whose 'stars' include the griffon vulture and lesser kestrel.



Barceló Cabo de Gata Avenida Juegos de Casablanca, Urbanizacion El Toyo, 04131, Retamar, Almeria, Spain.


The locally-rated 4-star Barceló Cabo de Gata Hotel is located on a quiet beach in Almeria, close to the Cabo de Gata National Park and only one kilometre from a fabulous golf course. Nature lovers will be in their element here, with plenty of excursions on offer that will allow you to explore the neighbouring villages, deserts, remote beaches and intriguing wildlife.


The contemporary air-conditioned hotel has 230 rooms, all of which have side sea views or a pool view.

You can upgrade to a sea-view room for a supplement, subject to availability. Satellite television with foreign English speaking channels only.

Air conditioning
Satellite Television

Food and Drink

All included meals are served in the main restaurant, and are buffet-style. There is also a bar.


During your stay, enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Some activities may be at an extra charge and activities may change from time to time.

The hotel offers an entertainment programme five days a week, with night shows or live music three times a week.

  • Table tennis
  • Bicycle hire (seasonal)
  • Paddle tennis (extra charge)
  • Scuba diving
  • Kayaking

You can also hop on a local bus to Almeria which runs once a week. The bus stop is 15 metres from the hotel.

An 18-hole golf course only one kilometre from the hotel. Please ask in resort for details and prices.

Barcelo Cabo de Gata
Barcelo Cabo de Gata
Barcelo Cabo de Gata
Barcelo Cabo de Gata
Barcelo Cabo de Gata


Birdwatching in Almeria QQQQ

Cabo de Gata, Spain

2 passengers
2 passengers