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9/3/2018

Spain boasts some of the best wildlife in Europe

Of all the many countries in Europe, few can boast such a variety of birds and other wildlife as Spain. From lammergeiers to Spanish imperial eagles, and Iberian lynxes to Eurasian brown bears, Spain is a must-visit destination for any keen bird and wildlife watcher.


Blue Sky Wildlife, working in collaboration with the Spanish Tourist Office, has put together a one-stop online shop showcasing fourteen local wildlife specialists – who between them offer more than 90 tours to this amazing wildlife destination.


Many of the tours are available throughout the year, and prices start from as little as €30 for a half day trip.

There's a tour to suit all interests, and these could be a one-day excursion, a week-long exploration of a particular area, or a customised three-week trip visiting all the major bird and wildlife spots across Spain.


Trips on offer include a day-long birding trip through the marshland in the north of the National Park of Doñana, a three-day alpine birding trek in the Picos de Europa seeking a variety of bird species, and a seven-day wildlife tour to the Straits of Gibraltar to experience the powerful event of bird migration.


Spain has a diverse array of native animals, including a wide variety of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals – the country has the second largest number of mammals in Europe, with 115 different species recorded.

Some renowned species can be seen, such as the Spanish 'Big Five': bearded vulture, Spanish imperial eagle, Iberian lynx, Iberian wolf and Eurasian brown bear.


Other distinctive mammals encountered in Spain include common genet, wild boar, barbary sheep and Spanish ibex. Meanwhile, on the coast, look out for cetaceans, otters and seals.


Spain is also home to over 630 bird species, including kites, vultures, eagles, storks, flamingos and bustards. The impressive abundance of birds that can be found in Spain is due both to its geographical location  – it's a natural route between Europe and Africa – and its varied landscapes and climates.


One of the best ways to experience this remarkable wildlife is to book a wildlife holiday or trip with one of the local wildlife specialists based in Spain itself. Their local knowledge and expert, English-speaking guides – who live and breathe the country's astonishing wildlife – mean you have the very best chance of catching up with the key species you want to see. And the comprehensive selection of wildlife specialists and tours enable travellers to book the tour they want directly, simply by using the enquiry tab on each listings page.

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