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    Birdwatching holidays

Witness birds take flight and soar the skies of their natural habitat

Spot some of the hundreds of bird species – including the marble duck and black stork – at one of Europe’s most important wetland reserves in Spain, or venture further afield to Costa Rica’s rainforests in search of toucans, macaws, hummingbirds and flycatchers.

Featuring visits to a variety of birdwatching sites and accompanied by an experienced host who has a passion for ornithology, these birdwatching Special Interest holidays are not to be missed.

The little owl Birdwatching

Birdlife of the Costa Blanca QQQQ

Costa Blanca, Spain

Discover the coastal and mountainous terrain of Spain’s Costa Blanca where countless species of birds make their home, all from your base in Denia, an historic seaside town.

  • Departing Multiple departure points
  • Date Multiple departures

2 passengers
7 nights

from £1,029

A short-eared owl comes in for landing Birdwatching

Birdwatching on the Costa del Sol QQQQ+


Bring your binoculars and join us for this seven-night birdwatching holiday on the southern coast of Spain, staying at the Estepona Palace Hotel.

  • Departing Multiple departure points
  • Date Multiple departures

2 passengers
7 nights

from £1,199

Booted eagle Birdwatching

Birdwatching in the Algarve QQQQ

Albufeira, Portugal

Enjoy discovering a range of bird life in the sunny Algarve

  • Departing Bristol Airport
  • Date Multiple departures

2 passengers
7 nights

from £1,243

Try to spot a Peregrine Falcon Birdwatching

Birds of Cantabria QQQQ

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

Wildlife-lovers are sure to love this special interest holiday in Cantabria which includes five included excursions to some of the best birding spots in the region.

  • Departing Bristol Airport
  • Date Multiple departures

2 passengers
7 nights

from £1,264

The Danube Delta is a haven for birdlife Birdwatching

Birdwatching on the Danube Delta

The Danube

Discover the scenery and wildlife of the Danube Delta in the company of a celebrity expert guide.

  • Departing Multiple departure points
  • Date Multiple departures

2 passengers
7 nights

from £1,899

Green violetear hummingbird Birdwatching

Birdwatching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Explore the incredible ecosystems of Costa Rica, from cloud forest to mangroves, in search of the country’s most colourful avian inhabitants.

  • Departing London Gatwick Airport
  • Date Multiple departures

2 passengers
15 nights

from £2,799

Birdwatching and wildlife host, Diarmid Doody

What do you think sparked your interest in bird watching?

I was born in South Africa where I lived until the age of nine, which is where my passion for wildlife began. I would spend time in the game reserves with my father, who was a naturalist, writer and photographer.

When I came to the UK I became more interested in bird life and worked for several years for the RSPB, as a researcher. My speciality was birds of prey and I was involved in projects to increase numbers of Merlin, a tiny falcon that lives in the mountains, in the UK, as well as reintroducing Red Kites into the Highlands of Scotland.

What interesting or rare finds have you seen with customers whilst hosting a Saga bird-watching holiday?

On a trip to St Lucia we found a brand new species of dragonfly to the country, never ever seen there before – it is incredibly rare that this happens. We didn’t know what we had seen until we came home and did some research.

What do you think is the most interesting/ exciting part of your job?

I genuinely love being around people, sharing knowledge and helping to show people the natural world. As a professional wildlife cameraman filming all kinds of wildlife for television, I get such wonderful opportunities to see the world’s wildlife in intimate detail. I also use the images for painting wildlife too!

Where in the world is your favourite place to go bird-watching and favourite bird to see?

I love going to St Lucia to see the Frigatebird – it looks like a pterodactyl!

What is different about a Saga bird-watching holiday?

Many of my guests have travelled with specialist wildlife tour companies that can be extremely ‘full on’ and intense. It is still nice to see as much as possible but in a slightly less frenetic manner. We see amazing birds and animals on my trips yet still find time to relax in a comfortable hotel. Well done Saga!