flamingo flock at La Dehesa de Abajo, Andalucia

Andalucía - spring wildlife of southern Spain

A prime destination for lovers of spring wildlife in the Mediterranean, amid dramatic limestone landscapes.

We start our holiday amongst the striking landscape of El Torcal, where we spend time searching for orchids and other wildflowers.

We will pay a visit to Fuente de Piedra; the largest wetland area in inland Andalucía, where we hope to see good numbers of Greater Flamingo, along with a range of waders, warblers, herons and terns.

Our visit to Sierra de las Nieves will be a good opportunity to get to grips with some of the area’s butterflies including Spanish Fritillary, as well as an birds such as Rock Sparrow, Spectacled Warbler and Blue Rock Thrush.

The stunning limestone vistas of Sierra de Grazelema Natural Park is the richest place in Andalucía for orchids, butterflies and amphibians, and following a day here we will visit the picturesque village of Zahara de la Sierra to take in the cobbled streets and stunning views.

Our holiday also includes time spent at The Strait of Gibraltar Natural Park where we hope to spot raptors soaring on thermals. We also have the opportunity to go out by boat into the Strait of Gibraltar, where we hope to have an encounter with some of the many species of whales and dolphins that can be found in this area of the Mediterranean, and we will visit an area with a colony of the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis.

Please note that holidays change, although sometimes only slightly, from year to year and previous trip reports may not reflect the planned itinerary, or other holiday details, for the current trip. Please ask us if you would like to know of any significant differences.

Western Dappled White feeding on a brassica, Andalucia
Colchicum autumnale flowers, Andalucia
Zeller's Skipper on a dead stem, Andalucia