Andalusia is home to some of the last wilderness in Europe and some wonderful wildlife; from Iberian lynx to Spanish imperial eagle. This tour visits the best and most reliable place in the world for Iberian lynx, the scrub forests of Sierra de Andujar but you will also visit the rugged and diverse national park of Sierra Magina and Cazorla (Spain’s largest national park) from the nice town of Ubeda in Andalucia. Here more mountainous species such as Spanish ibex and Spanish imperial eagle can be seen. With expert local guides and access to private estates where wildlife is known from we have the best possible expertise in exploring the region and seeing as much wildlife as possible.
Spanish Imperial Eagle
Sierra de Andujar
On your arrival at Malaga airport you will meet your local guide / driver and be taken to the accommodation in Sierra de Andujar. If you arrive in the morning then you will have time to spend the afternoon in the field looking for this incredible animal and other species.
Sierra de Andujar
For the next 3 full days you will spend time in the field looking for the stunning Iberian lynx and other wildlife. The rugged, dry and rocky hills and mountains of the region is some of the best preserved Mediterranean forest in the Iberian Peninsula. Primarily this is open and spacious oak forest, comprised of holm, gall and cork oak, though alder, ash and poplars are to be found at the margins of rivers, glades and meadows. In this quiet and relatively unpopulated region, Spain’s wild animals thrive. As well as Iberian lynx, wolves, Eurasian otters, Eurasian wild pig, European mouflon and western red deer are all to be found. These mountains also hold a large population of Eurasian griffon vultures, as well as good numbers of the rare black vulture and Spanish imperial eagle. Among the oak forest that clads these hills are grassy glades and secluded valleys where the lynx hunt rabbits, rest among the rocks, and raise their young in ancient, hollowed oaks. Here live the majority (perhaps 70% or more) of the world’s remaining Iberian lynx. Perhaps here, in a refuge from the modern world, the Iberian lynx has a chance of survival.
You will search for the lynx in a couple of ways, walking around the trails and checking out water sources and likely places for the lynx to be as well as staking out a few good vantage points and scanning the slopes looking for the lynx. All the time you will be with your local guide and able to decide on where you want to go and what you would like to focus on.
One massive plus of booking with us is that thanks to the connections of Jose and his team we have access to private estates around here, it is here as much as the national park (or more often at some times of year) that the lynxes are often found.
Ubeda / Sierra Magina National Park
After breakfast in Sierra de Andujar you will pack your bags and depart for the town of Ubeda. After driving through the scenic hills and scrub forest of rural Andalusia you will arrive at the town and check in our hotel and after a freshen up you will head into Sierra Magina National Park. This park is the realm of the Golden eagle and actually has the highest density of Golden eagles in Europe.
You’ll drive throughout this colossus of a sierra, reaching a height of 2,220m (7,100ft), the highest in the region. Right at the heart of the sierra, at an impressive 1,560m (5,000ft) (which is the highest accessible point by vehicle), our route takes us to Caños del Aguadero. Here you will see the stunning landscapes consisting of dramatic peaks and open highland meadows. Whilst here we hope to see Golden eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, Rock bunting, Cirl bunting, Crossbill and Spanish ibex.
Sierra Magina & Cazorla National Parks
On both day 6 and 7 you will breakfast at the hotel and then in the early morning head into the parks (either Cazorla or Sierra Magina as both are around here and easily accessible from Ubeda. In Cazorla National Park, many of the most emblematic birds and animals of southern Spain can be seen. The natural park is home to a landscape of rocky peaks, sheer cliffs and gorges, and magnificent waterfalls which is home to many species including Spanish ibex, Mouflon, Fallow deer, Red squirrel, Red fox, Golden eagle, Griffon vulture and Lammergeier.
The exact itinerary for the days here, particularly day 7 is dependent on our luck the previous days, so you could visit one or the other, in order to give you the best chance to see raptors and other wildlife. If you are interested, you are welcome to spend some time and visit the town of Ubeda. This is a world heritage town which is worth visiting if you are so interested. Your guide can recommend to you some buildings and squares that shouldn’t be missed on a sightseeing visit to the town. One full day or even half a day is enough (depending on your level of interest).
So either a half day or full day sightseeing here is fine or another safari into either park. This is your choice and you can decide in discussions with your local guide.
Malaga / Home
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.
The weather in Andalucia during late summer is usually very nice during the day with an average daily temperature of around 27degrees C. However temperatures of 35degrees C are not unknown at this time of year. The humidity is at its lowest during August and rainfall is very low, it is not uncommon to have a completely dry August.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent driver. We have a zoologist to escort you on all your excursions and local biologist guide who is an expert in all the areas we will visit.
All our excursions including guided walks, morning, afternoon and night wildlife watching and park entrance fees are also included. All accommodation and transport is also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or spotting scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far.Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night (if local conditions allow) and we will also bring a spotlight for searching out nocturnal species after dark.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend British Airways or Jet2 as airlines that fly to and from Malaga. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.odopo.co.uk. They are accredited by IATA which means you can book through them securly.
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If you are a British citizen you do not need a visa to enter Spain and citizens from members of the European Union do not require visas to visit Spain either. But please check with your embassy and your local Spanish High Commission to see if you are affected by any visa restrictions
There are no health restrictions or recommendations to visit Spain but please refer to your local GP for more information if you suffer from a pre-existing condition.
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