Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain

No Single Supplement. Excludes Flights.

A HOLIDAY FOR WILDLIFE AND NATURE LOVERS IN ONE OF EUROPE'S MOST UNSPOILT REGIONS

Introduction

Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain are based at our renovated farmhouse in rural Aragon, in the Spanish Pyrenees. This is one of Europe's most unexplored and unspoilt regions.

We are located close to the Ordesa National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and the Natural Park of Sierra de Guara. You will be staying within the Pyrenees Geopark, a UNESCO world heritage site of particular geological importance.

Our daily outings will take us to explore these outstanding areas, making the most of our location. The walking will be varied, however, the pace will always be slow with regular stops as we look at the flowers, butterflies and insects. We will always have a watchful eye for birds and other wildlife.
We will also learn a little of the geology and the human stories in this secret corner of the Pyrenees.

Did you know the Ordesa National Park is also a World Biosphere Reserve and a ‘Special Protection Area for Birds’.
We have more than 1500 species of flowers, 171 species of birds, over 131 species of butterflies, of which 8 are endemic, and 32 different species of mammals.

Alberto Marin is our qualified mountain guide for our wildlife week. You can meet him here along with your hosts Simon and Lucy, both of whom are passionate about the countryside and anything to do with nature. Simon will join Alberto in leading this week, there is little that escapes his keen eye. Together we will discover the fauna and flora of the area.

 

Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain support the Lammergeier Conservation Foundation (FCQ). This holiday gives you one years membership of this foundation.

Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain • Dates and Prices 2018

9th June - 16th June 2018

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Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain €1195* euros

 

Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain include full board at our 17th century farmhouse and all excursions. No single supplement applies. Flights are excluded.
We can provide transfers from Zaragoza airport for the Ryan Air flight from London Stansted, or Zaragoza train station for trains from Barcelona or Madrid for an additional charge of €60 per person return. From Zaragoza it is around two hours to our farmhouse. For more information see how to get to Albella.
*2018 holidays include an Early Bird booking discount of €100 euros (normal price €1295).

"I was there to see the local wildlife of which there was plenty. The week was carefully planned with several different areas covered which concentrated on different aspects of Natural History."

Nicky. Devon July 2016.

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Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain Itinerary

The itinerary below gives an idea of what we will be doing during a typical week on Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain. We also show some of the flora and fauna of the area at the end of the itinerary.

The decision of exactly where we go on a particular day will be decided by Simon, Lucy and the guides. It will depend a great deal on the weather. Any changes will be done to maximise the opportunity of seeing wildlife.

In the summer we may include some early morning starts to increase our chances of seeing wildlife.

Each evening over coffee we have a quick briefing for the day ahead and what we might see.

DAY 1 Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain: Saturday

Arrival at Casa Allué, Albella. A welcome drink and a chance to meet Simon and Lucy, your hosts for the week, before our evening meal. After dinner, over a coffee, there will be a short presentation on the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido, and the week ahead.

During the week we will set up photo traps around the farmhouse. This is always hugely popular and exciting, as we discover over breakfast what we have captured on camera during the night!

DAY 2 Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain: Sunday

• Breakfast.
• This morning we will go to the dramatic canyon of Añisclo. The setting itself is spectacular, with rock faces 1km tall. Here we shall be looking at the abundant wild flowers, insects and butterflies. If we are lucky, included in the huge variety of butterflies we will encounter, will be the Chequered Blue (Scolitantides orion parvula). Añisclo is one of only 6 places in Spain that this butterfly can be found.
• After our picnic lunch we will continue the walk in the canyon, looking for a carnivorous plant!
• Return to Albella for our evening meal & briefing over coffee.

DAY 3 Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain: Monday

• Breakfast.
• We go today to the Natural Park of the Sierra Guara. The walk will take us along quiet paths through the canyons of the natural park, culminating in a view of the spectacular Moorish citadel of Alquezar.
It is a beautiful walk combining ancient history and nature. We will see prehistoric cave paintings from the first inhabitants of the Pyrenees. Picnic lunch.
As well as amazing Mediterranean mountain landscapes we are sure to be shadowed by Griffon vultures!.
• Return to Albella for our evening meal & briefing over coffee.

DAY 4 Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain: Tuesday

• Breakfast.
• This morning we set off for the area in Europe that supports the highest population of the magnificent Lammergeier. In the morning we all walk to a number of viewing balconies which provide spectacular views as well as the opportunity to see these birds.
• Lunch at a mountain restaurant that sits perched on the hillside.
• After lunch we go to the beautiful valley of Pineta in the Ordesa National Park. We will do an easy circular walk on good paths. This will take us through a former glacial valley with meadows full of flowers and butterflies. There are spectacular waterfalls at a height of 1500m (492ft). We will be on the look out for both chamois and marmots. Around us the rock masses tower up as a reminder of the geological upthrusts that occurred here. Picnic lunch in this amazing setting.
• Return to Albella for our evening meal & briefing over coffee.

DAY 5 Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain: Wednesday

• Breakfast.
• Today we depart for the Ordesa Valley. We will take a narrow path (faja) where magnificent rock walls line the route. Walking on the faja you remain pretty much at the same altitude for the whole way so it is not too taxing. We shall be on the look out for the illusive wallcreeper, chamois, alpine flowers and butterflies. There are superb views to the mountain of Cutas and its highest peak the Punta Cuta. We will have our our picnic in these spectacular surroundings.
• Return to Albella for our evening meal & briefing over coffee.

DAY 6 Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain: Thursday

• Breakfast.
• Depart to meet Oscar Diez from FCQ at one of their supplementary feeding stations for vultures. Talking to Oscar we will appreciate the important conservation work of the foundation. We can then enjoy a unique opportunity to see raptors at close quarters including Griffon and Egyptian vultures, Red and Black Kites and perhaps a Lammergeier.
• Lunch in Ainsa. 
• In the afternoon we visit the Ecomuseum in the historic town, run by FCQ, it is also a sanctuary for birds of prey. There will also be time to wander the narrow streets in the town, and stop for a drink at one of the cafes.
• Return to Albella for our evening meal & briefing over coffee.

DAY 7 Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain: Friday

• Breakfast.
• We drive to a dramatic gorge to reach the Roman bridge of San Nicolás de Bujaruelo. From here go through the woods on an ornithological trail, before returning to the bridge for our picnic.
• After lunch we visit the medieval town of Torla. From here we Depart for a 4x4 excursion which will give a stunning overview of the Ordesa Canyon. We will go to five dramatic view points. Each will give a different perspective, there are amazing panoramic views across to Monte Perdido and the Brecha de Roland. We will learn a little of the history of the valley, the wildlife and the flowers with our guide and driver.
• Return to Albella for our evening meal.

DAY 8 Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain: Saturday

• Breakfast.
• A flexible timetable depending on departure times. A light lunch or a picnic is available. For those departing from Zaragoza airport we have the option to visit the impressive Castillo de Loarre on route.

Please note this is strictly a non-smoking holiday.

Just a selection of the local flora and fauna - click any thumbnail for the common and scientific name.

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“The setting is stunning and the house and hosts incredibly hospitable.”

Richard. Lancashire July 2015.

“If you love walking, nature, photography, flora and fauna - book this holiday, you won't regret it !”

Jane. Cheshire Oct 2015.