Tour to Catalonia/Pyrenees

A birdwatching tour visiting the wealthiest Spanish regions of Catalonia where we will explore gorgeous natural areas including the majestic Pyrenees. Lonely plains; mild, flovered hills; wooded slopes (from Holm Oak to Mountain Pine); massive gorges; dense scrubs and shrubs as well as a wide range of wetlands composes an awesome scenery.

A number of specialities fill up the ancient plain and expanses to the mountains around it. This is a land of contrasts, where in the morning you can see Lammergeiers, Citril Finches and Black Woodpecker in the dramatic Pyrenees and in the afternoon enjoy the unique Little Bustard “jumps” in the steppes along with Montagu’s Harriers, Rollers and Collared Pratincoles.

Barcelona Birding Point offers a tour every year to the area starting at the end of April or very early May. It is possible to combine this tour with an extension to Central Spain.

General Information of the tour:

  • Length: 8 days, 7 nights
  • Starting city: Barcelona. Ending city: Barcelona
  • Price per person: 1280€*
  • Deposit: 400€
  • Single room surcharge: 300€
  • Bookings: please mail us to info@barcelonabirdingpoint.com

*price in twin room. Flights to/from Barcelona not included. Price per person includes all ground services along the tour, fees to natural places, guiding, transportation along the tour, accommodation in twin/double rooms and all meals along the tour 

Daily Planning of the tour or see it on our website

Days 1 & 2. Ebro Delta

Meet and wellcome at Barcelona International airport or in another place previously agreed. This first day we will explore Ebro Delta, where we will spend two nights. We will have two full days to explore this vast wetland and the variety of birds that it hosts. Greater Flamingo, Audouin’s & Slender-billed Gulls, Glossy Ibis, Western Swamphen, Black-winged Stilt, Whiskered Tern and Squacco Heron are all common! Collared Pratincole, Savi’s Warbler, Little Bittern, Great Reed Warbler, Curlew Sandpiper will also appear. Here the variety of migratory birds can include some Crakes along with scarcer species…

Day 3. Lleida Steppes

After breakfast we will have a last look to Ebro Delta before going to the inmense steppe area known as Los Monegros. There we will look for Black-eared Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Common Rock Sparrow, Eurasian Hoopoes, European Turtle Dove, Iberian Grey Shrike, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, European Roller and, if lucky, Eurasian Eagle Owl.

European Rollers, a wonderful must-see for anyone birdwatching in Iberia. Image by Carles Oliver

Day 4.  Lleida Steppes

Full day in the steppes where we will look for Pin-tailed & Black-bellied Sandgrouses, Stone Curlews, Greater & Lesser Short-toed Larks and the always elusive Dunpont’s Lark… After a midday break we will spend the afternoon enjoying Thekla Larks, Tawny Pipit, Alpine Swift and Melodious Warbler. This day we will have our nocturnal safari, where we will have excellent sights on Red-necked Nightjar, Eurasian Scops Owl, Long-eared Owl and Western Barn Owl!

Day 5. Lleida Steppes

Morning birding in a different location in the steppes. Here there is an excellent density of Little Bustards and Rollers along with Great Spotted Cuckoos, Montagu’s Harriers, Ortolan Buntings, Woodchat Shrikes and Subalpine and Orphean Warblers… The area hosts some pairs of Black-winged Kites…depending on the year! Arrival to the Pyrenees in the afternoon, where we will be two nights.

Day 6. Pyrenees

Morning birding in the almong orchads around our accommodation. Blue Rock Thrush, Woodlark, Crested Lark, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Red-backed Shrike, Eurasian Wryneck and Subalpine, Dartford & Sardinian Warblers can be easily seen. Along the day we will enjoy excellent views on Lammergeier but also Egyptian Vulture, Griffons and Black Vultures.

Great Spotted Cuckoo is still quite common in some areas in Western Catalonia. Image by Carles Oliver

Day 7. Pyrenees

Morning birding to enjoy a number of amazing birds. We will explore the famous Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, protecting some of the best preservated high mountain meadows in the Eastern Pyrenees. Here we will look for Citril Finch, Common Rock Thrush, Alpine Chough, Common Crossbill, Ring Ouzel, Black Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Firecrest, Crested Tit, Rock Bunting, Black Redstart, White-throated Dipper, Eurasian Bullfinch, Red-backed Shrike and Short-toed Treecreeper. In the afternoon transfer to Aiguamolls de l’Empordà.

Day 8. Aiguamolls de l’Empordà.

Full day visiting this wonderful wetland. Here we will have good chances for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Pallid Swift, Moustached Warbler, Little Bittern, Mediterranean Shag, European Kingfisher and a really good variety on waders and other migratory birdlife including Crakes and scarcer birds such as Great Snipe

Final transfer to Barcelona (about 2 hours) and delivery in town or in the airport.

Please note that this tour is run by Barcelona Birding Point, a full-licensed tour company based in Barcelona, offering tour since 2010 Read more about us

Additional information of this tour

WHAT’S INCLUDED
6 nights of accommodation in twin/double room, breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, guiding and tour leader, ground transport, reserve entrances and travel insurances.
NOT INCLUDED
Flights to/from Barcelona Airport, drinks, any other item not listed as “INCLUDED”.
ASSEMBLING
We will be pleased to pick up tour participants from their hotels around Barcelona Airport during the first morning of the tour. Pick up time will be around 6:30am. We aim tour participants to arrive to Barcelona during the dat before the tour starts.
ACCOMMODATION
During the tour we will use 4 different accommodations. We will spend two nights at Ebro Delta, Lleida Steppes and Pyrenees and an overnight at Aiguamolls de l’Empordà. We will sleep at high stantard local owned rural houses. All rooms are en suite and with air conditioning. All evening meals are to be at our accommodations or by a gentle walk from them. Middays will combine pic-nics with some restaurant meals depending on the day planning.

For further information and bookings please mail to info@barcelonabirdingpoint.com

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