Spain has long been a very popular birdwatching destination, offering a wide range of Mediterranean habitats along with safe, easy and excellent birding. Many sites are in beautifully scenic settings, featuring Romanesque architecture and ancient, fortified hilltop villages; whilst much of interior Spain that we visit is very rural and way off the tourist trail.  Our itinerary is specially designed for a great diversity of birds and concentrates on two major and distinct habitats: the semi-arid steppes and cork-oak dehesas (a type of wooded pastureland) of the central and northern interior and the Guadalquivir River with its associated wetlands and marshes feeding into the Gulf of Cádiz on the Atlantic Ocean. Top birds included White-headed and Marbled Ducks, Spanish Imperial and Bonelli’s Eagles, Little and Great Bustards, Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Azure-winged Magpie and Black-bellied Sandgrouse.  

The other major aspect of this tour is the wine and food, which will be extremely interesting and varied. Spain’s wine-making tradition spans more than 2000 years and the country is producing wines of increasingly good quality. There are several excellent reds that we will get to enjoy and these days a few fabulous whites are also being made with traditional Spanish grapes.

Our tour ends in the beautiful Sierra de Andújar where time will be spent exploring this wonderful region in search of the most endangered feline on the planet – Iberian Lynx. We travel in spacious and comfortable vehicles; the food is delicious and plentiful; while our accommodations are extremely well-appointed and nestled in quiet and charming villages. A trip for those who love birds, amazing locations and the fine things in life!

Please note that a Rockjumper leader will not accompany this tour unless a minimum of 8 participants are signed up. In the case of insufficient sign-ups, a professional and very experienced local guide will lead the tour instead.

Top Birds

White-headed & Marbled Ducks; Spanish Imperial & Bonelli’s Eagles, Little & Great Bustards; Eurasian Eagle-Owl; Iberian Magpie; Black-bellied Sandgrouse; Hawfinch; Bearded Reedling; Griffon & Cinereous Vultures; Sardinian & Dartford Warblers.

Top Mammals

Iberian Lynx

Habitats Covered

coastal wetlands, cork-oak dehesas, deciduous woodlands, olive groves, mountain crags, grasslands

Expected Climate

temperate, mainly mild. At times can get quite cold, especially when looking for the Lynx in Andujar, with minimum temperatures as low as 5ºC. Warm layers, including gloves and beanie hats are recommended.

Max Group Size

3 - 6 with Local Leader / 7 - 12 with 1 Rockjumper Leader & Local Leader

Tour Pace & Walking

easy to moderate, tour is suitable for most ages and fitness levels

Accommodation

comfortable guest houses & hotels

Ease of Birding

easy to moderate

Other Attractions

Flamenco dancing, wine tasting, ancient historical buildings & sites, great scenery, excellent food

Photographic Opportunities

good to very good

What our clients say about us

Yeray Seminario
KH, Spain 2023

This was a great short tour, well-designed to get us into a wide range of habitats for a fine selection of European birds. Yeray Seminario did a fantastic job of finding Spains specialties while making adjustments to dodge persistent rainstorms during the week and a local festival in Andalusia. He was knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and fun to bird with, and I would not hesitate to recommend his tours or travel with him again. There were lots of great birds; I particularly enjoyed the vultures, raptors, and the very accessible Northern Bald Ibis colony. Accommodations were great, particularly our last day at a lodge that specifically targeted birders, with its own hides. It was also a very fun group of birders. These days, shorter tours with smaller groups fill the bill for me, and I would love to see more of them!

Dušan Brinkhuizen
SJ - Spain 2022

Wonderful tour. The guides – Dusan and Yeray – were both fantastic; their bird expertise, patience and senses of humour very much appreciated. The local guides were top notch as well. The accommodation and food were excellent. The scenery, spring wildflowers, stone villages, etc. all made the trip extraordinary.

Dušan Brinkhuizen
DB & AB, Spain 2022

Our guides were wonderful. Yeray was excellent on the extension, and we continued to ride in his van for the main tour. His knowledge of Spain, and the birds was amazing. He took so much care of his group and really was concerned about every detail. Dusan is such an enthusiastic bird guide, so excited about birds and getting everyone on the birds. His knowledge of the birds in Spain was fantastic.

Yeray Seminario
SC, Spain 2022

Both guides were excellent and also good drivers. They make a very good team together. They complemented each other well. Their knowledge of birds and lynx are incredible. They share their passions easily. They both made ebird lists which was greatly appreciated. Rob Williams has also a great sense of humor which made the trip even more fun. Yeray Seminario is very attentive to our needs and very good at managing the logistics. He was always keen to share information about Spain, birds, animals and answered all the questions that we asked. The wine and food were excellent as were the accommodations. Overall we had a great trip.

Stephan Lorenz
AL, Spain 2024

Stephan and Yeray were tremendous guides and trip leaders. They were excellent in finding the birds and mammals and helping the whole group get eyes on them. Their knowledge about mammals, the local environment, etc was excellent as well. They were able to handle the few curveballs that came up and always communicated plans clearly. They were always pleasant and great at keeping the group relaxed and in good spirits. The tour logistics were excellent with good consideration for location, travel, birding time, etc. All of the accommodations were good to excellent - no issues at all. Thanks for an excellent bird tour!

Spain - Birds, Wine & Iberian Lynx 2024

01 Dec 2024 - 12 Dec 2024 (12 days)

EUR5,195 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Mark Beevers

Tour price (Per person): EUR5,195 * USD5,578 * GBP4,375 * AUD8,417

Single Supplement: EUR560 * USD601 * GBP472 * AUD907

Spain - Birds, Wine & Iberian Lynx (Small Group) 2025

26 Nov 2025 - 07 Dec 2025 (12 days)

EUR4,895 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Yeray Seminario

Tour price (Per person): EUR4,895 * USD5,255 * GBP4,122 * AUD7,931

Single Supplement: EUR570 * USD612 * GBP480 * AUD924

Spain - Birds, Wine & Iberian Lynx (Small Group) 2026

25 Nov 2026 - 06 Dec 2026 (12 days)

EUR5,100 - Spaces Available

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Tour price (Per person): EUR5,100 * USD5,476 * GBP4,295 * AUD8,264

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