Birdwatching (Basque country and surrounding area)

Basque country and its neighbour Cantabria offer a diverse range of habitats, being ideally situated between the coast and the rugged mountains. We have based our birdwatching operations in Bilbao, strategically located 20 minutes from the airport and less than 50 minutes from all the offered trips. There are many natural protected spaces close to the city which we can visit, with many interesting species of birds in very varied environments, such as the coastal cliffs and vertical rocky walls of the mountains which are a haven for big birds of prey, or the coastal wetlands that are a magnet for the numerous migratory species.

 

As well as first class birding, we can visit some of the lovely picturesque fishing villages that the surrounding area has to offer, and see the cities where the old meets the new. And, of course, we can't miss out on the gastronomy for which the Basque country is so famous!

 

 

 

3 days 275€

Three day trips concentrating on looking for the big raptors (mainly griffon vultures, golden eagles and peregrine falcons) in the Urkiola Natural Park, the waterbirds of the Marisma de Santoña National Park (a Ramsar site where we can see purple herons, marsh harriers, little bitterns and Cetti's warblers and huge numbers of spoonbills on their way to/from their breeding grounds) and then on to the Urdaibai Natural Park, which is a biosphere reserve and has an enormous wealth of birds. We'll also have the opportunity to visit the picturesque villages of Santoña and Castro Urdiales, with its famous fresh fish and fine sand beaches, and the cosmopolitan city of Bilbao, where you'll find the Guggenheim museum.

 

 

 

6 days 485€ (intermediate) or 520€ (advanced).

In addition to the above three day trips, we'll visit the mountain range of Sierra Salvada and see the spectacular birthplace of the river Nervión which springs from a 300 metre high waterfall; this area is home to big birds of prey such as griffon vultures, Egyptian vultures and peregrine falcons. The rocky cliffs of the area are also perfect nesting places for red-billed and yellow-billed choughs, alpine swifts, rufous-tailed rock thrushes and alpine accentors. We can also go to the picturesque and quiet coastal village of Sonabia where griffon vultures live side by side with gulls. And, we can take in the history of the dynamic city of Vitoria-Gasteiz and visit an inland wetland, declared of international importance in the Ramsar Convention, to see a variety of waterbirds.