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Birds of Cantabria QQQQ

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

  • Eyes to the skies
  • Go birdwatching
  • Hotel Juan de la Cosa
  • Osprey adventure
  • Stunning Santoña

Birds of Cantabria

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

Prices from
£1,129 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
  • All inclusive All Inclusive

Indulge your passion for birdwatching in sunny Spain

Head to the stunning Cantabria region – an area so lush it is known as ‘Green Spain – to seek out spectacular scenery and incredible birdlife on a series of included excursions.

On your first excursion head to the rocky cliffs of Monte Cardina to see the largest marine colony of griffon vultures in Europe and the following day transfer to the stunning oak forest of Ucieda and Liencres Dunes Natural Park where the combination of sea cliffs, dunes and pine forest attracts a host of small birds.

You will spend a day exploring the marshes of Santoña Natural Park, a renowned nature reserve close to your hotel which is home to some 18,000 birds over the winter, while one of the highlights of your holiday is sure to be your visit to the Picos de Europa National Park where a cable car ride puts you in position to search the skies for eagles. Your final excursion is to Collados del Asón Natural Park where in addition to birds you might spot some native amphibians.

Combine all this with a stay at the small and friendly Hotel Juan de la Cosa, which is run by the Santillana-Astuy family and is located mere moments from Santoña’s renowned Playa de Berria beach. You’ll quickly feel right at home at this 4-star hotel.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Plate All breakfasts (B), lunches (L) and dinners (D)

Person Local expert guide

Cocktail Free bar 12 hours a day

Plus...

  • Cancellation rights
  • Expert host talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Return flights and transfers
  • 20kg checked-in luggage
  • Hotel porterage

Map Included excursions and visits

  • Vultures of Monte Cardina (half day)
  • Ucieda Oak Forest (full day)
  • Marshes of Santoña Natural Park (full day)
  • Picos de Europa National Park (full day)
  • Collados del Asón Natural Park (full day)

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Day 1 UK to Santoña

Hotel Juan de la Cosa

Fly to Spain and transfer to your hotel where you can look forward to a welcome reception.

Day 2 Vulture colony of Monte Candina

Griffon vulture

On your first excursion head to the rocky cliffs of Monte Cardina to see the largest marine colony of griffon vultures in Europe – around 100 pairs – and from the beach below look out for Egyptian vultures, chough and peregrine falcon as well as gulls and shag. Continue inland to seek out country birds living in the scrubland.

Day 3 Ucieda oak forest

Keep an eye out for Short-toed treecreeper

Transfer to the stunning oak forest of Ucieda, near Saja-Besaya Natural Park, in search of passerines like crested and marsh tits, short-toed treecreeper, nuthatch and even black woodpecker.

After lunch continue to Liencres Dunes Natural Park where the combination of sea cliffs, dunes and pine forest attracts small birds like northern wheatear, melodious warbler, linnet, goldfinch, white and yellow wagtails and occasionally peregrine falcon and kestrels.

Day 4 Marshes of Santoña Natural Park

Common Redshank

You will spend the day exploring the marshes of Santoña Natural Park, a renowned nature reserve close to your hotel.

The salt marshes form the most important wetland in the northern Spain with up to 18,000 birds making it their home over the winter. Keep an eye out for waders such as curlew, whimbrel, black-tailed and bar-tailed godwits, redshanks and oystercatchers. It is also home to wildfowl and herons, plus osprey, shag and, depending on the season, divers.

Day 5 Picos de Europa National Park

Picos de Europa mountains, Cantabria

One of the highlights of your holiday is sure to be your visit to the Picos de Europa National Park.

The journey to the summit is a long but rewarding one via coach and then cable car. Take a walk in search of snowfinch, alpine accentor, both red and yellow-billed choughs, water pipits and the elusive wallcreeper. You might even spot birds of prey including golden and short-toed eagles and even lammergeier.

Day 6 Collados del Asón Natural Park

Head to the Collados del Ason Natural Park

The river Asón, the one that forms the estuary in Santoña, rises inland in a beautiful place in eastern Cantabria where we find very well preserved beeches, oak forest, rocky walls and mountain meadows.

Here keep an eye out for griffon and Egyptian vultures, short-toed treecreeper, firecrest and goldcrest, redstart, bullfinch, dipper and you might even have a chance to see black woodpecker and golden eagle. There is more to see in the park than simply birds, however, it is home to amphibians including palmate, marbled and alpine newts, common and Iberian frogs.

Day 7 Santoña

Beautiful beach in Cantabria

Enjoy a day at leisure.

Day 8 Santoña-UK

Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK.

Birds of Cantabria QQQQ

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

from £1,129 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required

Birds of Cantabria

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

Prices from
£1,129 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required