Europe

ANDALUCIA

Spain

Dark morph Montagu's Harrier near Tarifa. Join us to witness the unforgettable masses of raptors on their southbound journeys to Africa.

The breathtaking massed gatherings of raptors and other soaring species on their southward journeys through Spain to Africa must surely be one of the great wonders of bird behaviour. Riding the thermals, their vast journey brings them in September to the shortest sea crossing, at Tarifa, and it is here that we spend an unforgettable week witnessing these great pilgrimages. During this time we have little need to wander any great distance from our comfortable and perfectly situated hotel, each day bringing a new range of travellers, including thousands of Honey Buzzards, Black Kites, Booted and Short-toed Eagles  and  Montagu’s  Harriers. In fact it is virtually impossible to look into the sky without seeing a raptor! In between raptor watches we explore the coast for passage waders, gulls and shearwaters and valleys of cork oak for Hoopoes, Bee-eaters and Rollers. This is a golden opportunity to marvel at this great spectacle and learn more about raptor identification whilst relaxing in the balmy Andalucian climate.


Contact The Ultimate Travel Company 0207 386 4682 to make a reservation.

05/09/2020
2020
5 - 12 September
8 days (7 nights)
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Economy class flights, accommodation with private facilities, full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner), transport by private minibuses, tips and services of Wild Insights leaders.

Travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry and phone calls.

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It was possibly the imagery of Andalucia as depicted in Laurie Lee’s As I Walked Out one Midsummer’s Morning which initially fired my imagination and inspired my first September visit to this vibrant region of Spain, over twenty years ago.

Despite relentless coastal development since Laurie Lee’s travels, the true Andalucia, thankfully, still exists today, only a few kilometres inland. There I found all the elements of a country whose very culture has been shaped by previous centuries of Moorish occupation - mosque-like churches and raw, untamed flamenco music reminding me that Morocco and the African continent were no distance away. In fact on a clear day the imposing Jbel Musa can be seen, the first wall of Moroccan rock, just fifteen kilometres across the Straits.

Small hilltop clusters of whitewashed houses - los pueblos blancos, with shady ally-ways, silent and deserted in the mid-day lull, overlook a landscape little changed by the passage of time. Small fields, burnt to straw from the unremitting summer sun, are bordered by lines of lethally-spined prickly pear while goats wander freely and grey-brown pigs, un-tethered and unenclosed, wallow in muddy pools. Hoopoes probe in the shade and Sardinian Warblers scratch from banks of Gum Cistus.

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Louisa Thompson 0207 3864682