Wildlife Tour to Andalucia with Greentours for Birds, Autumn Flowers, and Molino's wonderful hospitality
Tours that take the strain out of enjoying Europe’s flora and fauna! Tours under this banner will be based in a single good quality hotel, and will have direct flights, and these at kind times of day! And most importantly field trips will be kept to a maximum of six or so hours giving you plenty of time to relax before and after. Direct flights are available from some regional airports.
Peaceful Benaojan, one of the famous ‘white villages’, is perfectly situated amid the tour’s centre-piece, the Biosphere Reserve of the Sierra de Grazalema, and close by picturesque Ronda. Griffon Vultures and Bonelli’s Eagles soar over the Sierras behind the village whilst golden Sternbergia lutea and delicate Leucojum autumnale flower at the base of the cliffs. Large Tortoiseshells will be going to their winter roosts in Spanish Fir forests inhabited by Crested Tits and surprisingly tame Spanish Ibex. Two closely related pheasant’s-eye daffodils have distributions that meet in this area. We’ll see populations of delicate Narcissus miniatus along roadsides even as we rise into the hills from the Mediterranean whereas more widespread Narcissus serotinus decorates meadows to the west of Benaocan. Spanish Psammodromus lizards scurry over limestone knolls where the delicate pink stars of Crocus serotinus shine in the sun. Black Wheatears and Blue Rock Thrushes are numerous whilst Firecrests inhabit cork oak woodlands where we’ll see the very first winter blooms of Narcissus papyraceus. The sea daffodil-related Lapiedra martinezii is one of the more unusual blooms found at this season, another the little Narcissus humilis which gleams butter-yellow from tight limestone turf. We’ll be able to enjoy peaceful and picturesque Ronda at our leisure. Red-billed Chough and Alpine Accentors inhabit cliffs that descend from the town’s spectacular bridge, and where we can see late season butterflies such as Mediterranean Skipper, Southern Marbled Skipper and the very local Zeller’s Skipper. And, most important of all, we’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the fine accommodation and cuisine of the excellent Molino del Santo.
All aspects of the Natural World, and just a little culture.
No more than two or three miles in any one day, and always at a slow pace, ideally suited to photography.
Included in the Price
All flights. Transport, accommodation and meals in Spain. Services of your leaders. Drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature including travel insurance, are not included.
One leader for a group of up to 6, two leaders up to 12 and a third leader up to the maximum group size of 15.
For the entire tour we’ll be staying at the delightful Molino del Santo, peacefully situated in Benaojan, not far from historic Ronda. Molino has been converted from an old flour and olive mill into a small hotel of considerable character. The rooms are lovely with comfortable beds and tea and coffee making facilities. Most have their own terrace overlooking the willows, figs and walnuts growing along the small river which runs through the garden. All rooms have en suite facilities.
UK direct return flights to Malaga are available from almost all UK regional airports*.
*These routes may incur a supplement but most don’t.
Generally settled, sunny and warm. Atlantic depressions can penetrate this area, so expect cooler, cloudy days with some rain on occasions.
How to Book
Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. Flower, butterfly and bird checklists are available.