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  • Estrecho National Park
  • H10 Estepona Palace
  • Perhaps spot a penduline tit
Special Interest - Birdwatching
Birdwatching

Birdwatching on the Costa del Sol QQQQ+

Spain

Birdwatching on the Costa del Sol

Spain

Prices from
£1,049 per person
2 passengers 7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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  • A glass of wine 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.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plateAll breakfasts, lunches and dinners

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day serving local drinks

PersonDedicated Saga Host

Plus...

  • 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

MapIncluded excursions

  • 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)

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Day 1 UK-Estepona

H10 Estepona Palace

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

Penduline Tit

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)

Estrecho Natural Park, Tarifa

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

Cork trees in 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

Flamingos at the mouth of the Guadalhorce River

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

Lighthouse in Estepona port, Costa del Sol

Spend today relaxing at your hotel or exploring the local area independently. B, L, D

Day 7 Ronda Mountains

Ronda, Spain

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

Birdwatching on the Costa del Sol

Spain

Prices from
£1,049 per person
2 passengers 7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
Birdwatching on the Costa del Sol QQQQ+

Spain