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Common swamphen on the marshes at Doñana National Park, Huelva, Andalucía

Why Spain is the ideal place for birdwatching

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Spain has many spectacular places such as national parks, nature reserves and protected areas for enjoying a more environmentally friendly brand of tourism, one that allows you to observe hundreds of different species and find a deep inner peace.

Spain’s geographical location makes it one of the most important birdwatching centres in Europe, as hundreds of species from Europe and Africa migrate to Spain to nest and breed, or to escape other more extreme temperature zones. As well as migratory birds, Spain is also home to a huge variety of protected native species.

In Spain, the landscapes where the greatest concentrations of birds are to be found are conveniently accessible. Getting there is easy, and access to the birdwatching spots, towers and huts couldn’t be simpler. Arrival and access are usually very straightforward, thanks to the available transport options, both public and private.Spain has more areas declared biosphere reserves by UNESCO than any other country in the world; to be exact there are no less than 53 natural areas with completely different landscapes where it’s easy to see some impressive species of birds in their own habitats. 

Flamingos on the Ebro Delta in Tarragona, Catalonia

There are places in Spain where spotting specific species of birds is the main draw for tourists from all over the world who are passionate ornithologists. Some of the most important are: the mountains of Andalusia - where you can watch the birds as they cross the Strait of Gibraltar - the plains of Navarra, the leafy forests of Castilla y León, the Pyrenees, Extremadura, the wetlands of Doñana, the Albufera estuary and lagoon in Valencia, and the Ebro Delta in Catalonia Enjoy both birds and landscapes on a nature tourism trip with your partner, family or friends where there’s so much to learn when you’re immersed in the beauty of this natural world that feels a million miles away from daily life in the city.

Migratory birds at sunset in La Albufera de Valencia, Region of Valencia