ANDALUCIA IN SPRING
WILDLIFE AT LEISURE
Wildlife Tour to Andalucia with Greentours for Birds, Spring Flowers, and Molino's wonderful hospitality
Tours that take the strain out of enjoying Europe's flora and fauna! Based in a single good quality hotel, with direct flights in both directions, and these at kind times of day. For this tour flights are available from many UK airports to Malaga – ask us for details. Field trips will be kept to a maximum of six or so hours giving you plenty of time to relax both before and after.
Andalucia is a serenely beautiful province, with multi-coloured hills rising from the deep blue Mediterranean to the wild mountainous heart of the Serrania de Ronda. Our base is one of the province’s most beautiful 'white villages', peaceful Benaojan, perfectly situated amid the tour’s centre-piece, the splendid Biosphere Reserve of the Sierra de Grazalema. Griffon Vultures and Short-toed Eagles soar overhead as we explore delightful Spanish Fir forests where Spanish Ibex are increasingly easy to see. Champagne Orchids and Orchis olbiensis as well as various colourful toadflaxes gleam jewel-like from rich limestone turf, while cliffs hold a plethora of charming rock garden species including a variety of saxifrages, the little golden blooms of Narcissus assoanus and the white cascades of endemic Ornithogalum reverchonii. Bee Orchids such as Ophrys bilunulata, Woodcock and Mirror Orchids bloom with Fritillaria lusitanica and abundant Spanish Irises along tracksides swathed with Salvias and colourful Cistus. Shades of blue and green adorn the impressively large Ocellated Lizard and as we walk Grazalema’s paths we’ll see Psammodromus Lizards basking in the sun and Moorish Geckos disappearing into rocky fissures. European Bee-eaters and Woodchat Shrikes will be arriving from their winter in their sun. As Black Wheatears and Blue Rock Thrushes sing from rocky knolls amid cork oak woodlands, we’ll find plentiful butterflies including regional specialities such as Lorquin’s, Panoptes and False Baton Blues. Aetherie Fritillary and Southern Marbled Skippers fly in the Ronda Gorge and we’ll have a chance to enjoy peaceful and picturesque Ronda at our leisure.
Flowers, birds, butterflies, reptiles, landscapes, and just a little culture.
No more than a couple of miles in any one day, and always at a slow pace, ideally suited to photography.
Included in the Price
All flights. All transport, accommodation and meals in Spain. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature, including insurance, are not included.
Minimum is 4 and the maximum is 12. Only one leader will accompany a group of 6 or less.
For the entire tour we’ll be staying at the delightful Molino del Santo, peacefully situated in Benaojan, close to historic Ronda. Molino’s conversion from a flour and olive mill into a small hotel has kept considerable character. Most of the lovely rooms have their own terrace overlooking the willows, figs and walnuts growing along the river. The accommodation throughout this tour is of a particularly high standard and 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, but not hot. Atlantic depressions sometimes bring rain and cooler weather, and the mountains can still be chilly.
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. This will contain up-to-date health information.
Flower, bird and butterfly checklists are available.