Birds of Northern Spain

See some of  Europe’s most spectacular birds. We travel from the mountains of the Lammergeier, to the plains of the migratory Grey Crane.

Nature Experts
Guided Walks
Fully Inclusive
Small Group
Stay in Comfort

Holiday Price
€1150 per person

No Single Supplement
Solo travellers have their own private ensuite bedroom, at no extra cost.

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Trip Overview

Overview

A unique opportunity to see some of the most spectacular birds in Europe. From close up views of Lammergeier, to Wallcreeper’s, Great Bustards and thousands of Grey Cranes. These are just a few of the highlights on our 6 day trip, ‘Birds of Northern Spain’.

Based initially in the Spanish Pyrenees you will be staying 3 nights at our renovated 17th century farmhouse. We are Simon and Lucy your hosts.
Here you visit the mountains of the Lammergeier, spending a morning in a hide, and the winter grounds of the Wallcreeper, before moving south to the steppes of Zaragoza.

Our second base is on the shores of the Gallocanta lake. The 2 nights here are timed to coincide with the spectacle of thousands of Grey Cranes; they rest here on their migration North.
The following day, accompanied by a local guide, we explore the steppes east of Zaragoza, home of Dupont’s Lark, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse and Great Bustards.

We are passionate about wildlife and birds, as are our carefully selected Nature Experts.

Join us as we discover the birds of Northern Spain. The group size is limited to a maximum of 8 people. All accommodation is on a private room basis with bathroom. There is no single supplement.

Why not organise a group of friends! With a minimum of 6 people we can make this a private, tailor made holiday.

Walking Grade

“We really enjoyed all the birds, plants and wildlife and the local guides were knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic, the walks were stunning, We will definitely go again.”

Tina & Ed. UK. Wildlife Holiday. May 2019

Itinerary

Birds of Northern Spain

The walking is easy to moderate on our Birds of Northern Spain Holiday. The pace will be slow, with regular stops. We will always have a watchful eye for birds and other wildlife.

The bullet point itinerary below gives an idea of what we will be doing during a typical week.

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Please note: in October 2020 this is a 7 day trip with an extra day in the Spanish Pyrenees.

DAY 1: Arrival

  • Afternoon arrival Zaragoza. Transfer to Albella (included).
  • Dinner and a chance to meet the group.

DAY 2: Lammergeier & Wallcreeper (Day 1)

  • The hides accommodate 4 people so we divide the group in two.
  • Group A – mountain hide to see Lammergeier close up!
  • Group B – leave with a local guide to the winter grounds of the Wallcreeper.

DAY 3: Lammergeier & Wallcreeper (Day 2)

  • Group A and B swop places.

DAY 4 : Huesca

  • We head south to Gallocanta, breaking up the journey at a reservoir east of Huesca. Amongst other birds we can see here are Bearded Reedlings, Great Egrets, Marsh Harrier, Penduline Tit and Water Rail.
  • Arrive at Gallocanta before dusk to see the Grey Cranes arriving.

DAY 5: Spectacle of the Cranes

  • As dawn breaks we visit the lakeside to see the spectacle of thousands of Grey Cranes take to the skies.
  • After breakfast we continue to explore the lake shore with a local guide. Birds around the lake include Great Bustards and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse.

 

DAY 6: Steppes of Planerón

  • With a local guide we visit an ornithological reserve, home to larks, including Dupont’s Lark and Lesser Short-toed Lark.
  • Also to be seen are many birds of prey, including Golden Eagle and Montagu’s Harrier, Hen Harrier and Little Owl.
  • In the afternoon we make the short trip to Zaragoza for onward connections.
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Accommodation

Accommodation

The base for our Wildlife Walking Holidays Spain is our 17th century farmhouse, Casa Allué. It nestles on the hillside in the small farming hamlet of Albella, within the Pyrenees Geopark and close to the National Park of Ordesa and the Natural Park of Sierra de Guara.

The Farmhouse

We undertook a major restoration project to transform Casa Allué into both a family home and a “must stay” destination.

The transformation complete, we have created a home from home.  The bedrooms are spacious with luxury en suite bathrooms and thermostatic rain showers. All have mountain views with plenty of natural light.  Four have stone balconies, perfect for star gazing, as the night skies here are breathtaking.
Each room is named after the wildlife that surrounds the house.

“The rooms have been sympathetically renovated, retaining beautiful original features whilst providing a sophisticated en suite bathroom. I could enjoy beautiful views across the valley, gaze at the starlit sky and listen to the natural nightlife. Just fantastic in itself.”

Louise. Lewes. Oct 2017.

We love to cook and we prepare all your meals using only locally sourced, or our own organic produce.  We can cater for all dietary requirements. The flavour is definitely Spanish, but often with a twist!
But it’s not just the accommodation and food that make our holidays stand out! See our section What Makes Us Different!
And for more information on our farmhouse, Casa Allué, visit our page Guest House Accommodation.

“And the food! Our meals were superlative and our picnic lunches were every bit as wonderful. Our stay at Casa Allué was definitely a highlight of our trip to Spain.”

Deborah & Art. Maryland USA. May 2017

Getting Here

How to Get to Albella

When considering the options below why not add on a couple of nights to include a city break.

Flying to Zaragoza

Our nearest airport is Zaragoza. Ryan Air offer flights all year round from London Stansted.
Arrival time in Zaragoza is normally 16.40 and departure 17.05. We do offer a pick up and drop off service – see below.

Flying to Barcelona (El Prat) & Madrid

Barcelona and Madrid are hubs for international flights from outside Europe. If you are arriving from the USA, Canada, Australia or another international destination these are the best options.

There are also flights from many UK airports. All the low cost airlines fly to both cities.

If you are looking for cheap flights try  Momondo or Skyscanner.

Transfers

We can provide transfers from both Zaragoza airport and Zaragoza train station, the cost is €70 return.  Our pick up and drop off times are below.  

Pick-up: 17:00 airport / 17:15 train station.

Drop-off: 15:00 train station / 15:15 airport.

The journey time for the high speed AVE train from Barcelona-Sants and Madrid to Zaragoza-Delicias is approximately 1½ hours.
To find train times and prices try the  Renfe train logo on How to get to Albella site direct or GoEuro. The latter also gives times and prices for travel by bus and car.
Prices by train are approximately 90 euros return from either Barcelona or Madrid.  Trains can be booked 3 months in advance.
Be aware that paying with a foreign credit card can be problematic, however, using the same card via PayPal is very straightforward – we speak from experience and are here to help if you run into problems!

From Zaragoza it is two hours to our base in the Pyrenees.

Transfers from other airports can be arranged and would be charged on a pro rata basis.

Reviews

Just Some of Our Reviews on this Holiday…

“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.

Nothing was too much trouble with wonderful local food and wines. The weather was warm and sunny which meant I was able to see lots of species of butterfly and birds. It was amazing to walk in the snow one day while walking in the mountains! I also saw local wild boar in the garden.
Altogether an amazing area I would love to go back one day.”

Nicky. Devon. Natural History Holiday July 2016

“My husband and I joined the Wildlife Walks holiday based at this superb guest house in a setting that was even more beautiful and peaceful than imaged. We wanted spectacular scenery, trips out to explore the wild delights of the Aragon area, combined with excellent locally-sourced food and all home comforts. The ethical credentials of the business was also an important factor in our choice…

This was everything we wanted, plus more.

The landscape, geology, wildlife and history of this part of the Pyrenees is truly amazing and Casa Allué was the perfect base from which to appreciate it.”

Kate & Neil. Leicester. Natural History Holiday May 2016

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Simon and Lucy – Your Hosts & founders of Aragon Active

We are a husband and wife team, but more than that we are a family. Penny and Sofi, our two daughters are an integral part of Casa Allué, our family home, where you are welcomed not just as our guests, but as friends.

Here, you can disconnect completely, leaving behind the worries of everyday life, surrounded only by nature. It’s what drew us here in the first place to start our new business.

“A boutique small group holiday concept, with a unique personal touch!” Jane. Brisbane Australia. May 2017.

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