- Hear the call of a short-eared owl
- Estrecho National Park
- H10 Estepona Palace
- Perhaps spot a penduline tit
Birdwatching on the Costa del Sol
- New holiday
- All Inclusive
Spot migrating and sedentary birds on the Andalusian coast
Every year millions of migratory birds pass from Africa to Europe (and vice versa) via the Strait of Gibraltar, the closest point between the two continents. Swooping honey buzzards, booted eagles, kites, storks, osprey, chiffchaffs and redstarts fill the sky as they make their phenomenal journeys. Few places are better suited to observing this migration than Spain’s southern shores, enhanced by the presence of resident birds such as the Spanish imperial eagle, penduline tits and flamingos. On this seven-night birdwatching holiday you will visit some of the most interesting birdwatching sites that southern Spain has to offer while staying at the Estepona Palace Hotel (4Q+) on the Costa del Sol.
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Free bar open 12 hours a day serving local drinks
Dedicated Saga Host
- Return flights and transfers
- Hosted drinks reception
- Welcome drink
- Guided orientation walks
- Live entertainment
- Local expert guide
- 20kg checked-in luggage
- Free Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Rivers Guadiaro and Palmones (half day)
- Tarifa (full day)
- La Janda and Alcornocales Natural Park (full day)
- River Guadalhorce (full day)
- Ronda Mountains (full day)
Av. Del Carmen, 99 Playa de Guadalobón E-29680, Estepona, Costa del Sol, Spain
A more peaceful Costa del Sol awaits you at this modern hotel in Estepona, where Andalusian style is complimented by light and airy interiors and contemporary décor. The 4-star hotel also has its own spa and offers an excellent range of entertainment and activities for you to discover.
All 237 contemporary bedrooms have a balcony or terrace.
Standard rooms enjoy views of the pool, and most feature a bath with an overhead shower with the exception of rooms on the second floor, which feature walk-in showers.
Please note, there are several steps in and around the hotel. Rooms with a walk-in shower are available on request.
You can upgrade to a sea-view room, or to a privilege room for a supplement. Privilege rooms feature access to a selection of superior services, including a privilege lounge with a free drinks service, privilege terrace with an exclusive solarium, as well as a modern sea-view or pool-view room with a coffee machine, slippers, pillow menu and daily turndown service plus much more. As part of the privilege room upgrade, guests can also enjoy an à la carte privilege breakfast at the swimming pool restaurant.
Balcony or Terrace
Safe (extra charge)
Food and Drink
Meals are served in the main restaurant, refurbished in 2020, and enhanced by show cooking at all meal times. There is also an à la carte restaurant (extra charge and lunchtimes only). The hotel has three bars including a poolside bar. The swimming pool restaurant is open all season for à la carte lunch (extra charge) and privilege breakfast. The chill out terrace is open from mid June - mid September.
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.
Look forward to a nightly entertainment programme including live music several times a week. The animation team also offer the chance to participate in yoga, water aerobics, pilates, and a Sangria making demonstration.
- Spanish cookery classes
- Spanish language lesson
- Quiz night
- Tai Chi
- Table tennis
- Paddle tennis
Golf is available nearby – please ask in resort for details and prices.
Other Hotel Information
The hotel combines traditional-style whitewashed buildings with light, airy interiors and contemporary, stylish décor. The hotel has three bars (one is seasonal), ideally suited for socialising. For the ultimate in relaxation, the hotel has its own spa. There's an extra charge for this but guests staying for seven nights or longer are welcome to use its facilities free of charge once per stay (with an additional session included for each subsequent week). The hotel is fully heated and air-conditioned.
A la carte restaurant
Outdoor swimming pool
Set opposite a sand and pebble beach on the outskirts of Estepona, this exclusive resort is a world away from the busier side of the Costa del Sol and somewhere you can truly unwind and immerse yourself in Spanish culture. The traditional-style whitewashed buildings offer a magical backdrop to an evening stroll. Estepona's town centre is only one-and-a-half miles away and Gibraltar, Malaga and the exclusive Marbella Riviera are all within easy reach.
Malaga airport is approximately an hours drive away.
Sandwiched between Gibraltar and Marbella, this charming Spanish town has been lucky enough to retain its authenticity amidst its contrasting tourist-filled neighbours. If you're keen to sample traditional Spanish tapas and while the day away strolling cobbled streets and plazas, then Estepona is the perfect location. A prominent attraction in the port is the Bullring, home to a variety of museums and host to annual bullfights, open air cinema and concerts, and craft markets. It's also worth visiting the ruins of Castillo de San Luis in Estepona's old town and the botanical gardens boasting the largest collection of orchids in Europe.
Day 1 UK-Estepona
Transfer from the airport to the H10 Estepona Palace Hotel (4Q+). At the hotel you will sit down to a welcome dinner, providing the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. D
Day 2 Guadiaro and Palmones Rivers
Spend your first full day at the Guadiaro and Palmones Rivers.
Despite Guadiar’s modest size (measuring just 27 hectares), it is still a hugely important wetland area, containing reedbeds and groves of wild olive trees. It is a great place to see penduline tits, the name of which is owed to the hanging nests created by the birds, suspended from trees. Penduline tits can be identified by the distinguishing black mask across their eyes. As well as birds such as flamingos, spoonbill and ospreys, the area is also home to otters and eels. Palmones boasts more than 200 species of birds, including the Spanish sparrow and short-eared owl. Also look out for marsh harriers, water pipits and the great spotted cuckoo. B, L, D
Day 3 Tarifa (Estrecho Natural Park)
Welcome to the southernmost protected area in Europe.
Measuring almost 19,000 hectares, it is at Estrecho Natural Park that two seas meet – the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Eighteen different habitats, including dunes, cork oak forests, and submerged sandbanks, combine to make the area a perfect pit-stop for migratory birds. As a result, Estrecho is a passing point for over 300 million migratory birds each year. As well as the area's avian traffic, on a clear day, you will be able to see the coast of Africa. B, L, D
Day 4 La Janda and Alcornocales Natural Park
Originally a drained lake, La Janda has been transformed into an agricultural wetland, providing a haven for purple swamphen, collared pratincole, squacco heron and black stork. You may also see black-winged kites and the glossy ibis.
Alcornocales National Park is home to one of the world’s most important cork oak forests. Here you may catch sightings of the Spanish imperial eagle, goshawk and little owl. B, L, D
Day 5 River Guadalhorce
This waterway provides a refuelling spot for migratory birds and is home to several vulnerable species, including the Kentish plover and white-headed duck. You will make a stop at Calaburras Lighthouse, the ideal position to view birds flying past or local gulls swooping along the coast. B, L, D
Day 6 At leisure
Spend today relaxing at your hotel or exploring the local area independently. B, L, D
Day 7 Ronda Mountains
Just one hour’s drive inland from our hotel, the Serranía de Ronda is renowned as one of the most complete birding destinations in Spain. Within the area, up to 160 species of birds can be seen regularly every year. Its diverse array of habitats ensure that Ronda is a place where birdwatchers can find a little bit of everything. Perhaps the most emblematic of the area’s raptors is bocelli’s eagle.
In the heart of the town of Ronda, you can also often stop booted and short-toed eagles during spring and summer. Looking up high, you may also see the silhouettes belonging to griffon vultures. B, L, D
Day 8 Estepona-UK
Check out of your hotel and return to the UK. B, L, D