April in Grazalema brings many joys to a birdwatcher; the nightingale singing orgy around our rivers is in full swing and the relatively unremarkable-looking birds make up for their lack of striking plumage by shaking the bushes with loud and complicated songs. Young males try to compete with more seasoned singers and even to an untrained ear the difference between simple and complex song is clearly audible. Along the same rivers you will hear the abrupt and loud tones of Cetti´s Warbler, always heard rather than seen. Golden Orioles follow the chorus with their unmistakable fluty tones as they mercilessly chase away even much bigger birds from their breeding territory, usually in the tall poplars along the river banks. As the weather gets warmer, the joyful chirping clouds of European Bee-eaters start appearing high in the sky on their way back from Africa to European breeding grounds. They can even be heard passing through on clear starry nights. Local colonies of Bee-eaters tend to come back towards the end of April and immediately get busy repairing the nesting holes in river banks. Continue reading April – SPRINGTIME – April delivers a rich selection of orchids, flowers and insects.
The resident birds will be actively looking for a mate, or existing pairs renovating old nest sites. The latter includes the protected Bonelli’s eagle which can give an amazing aerial display while warding off any large birds which stray into their territory. Griffon vultures will be alternating their incubation duties, imagine piloting an approximately 9ft (3m) wingspan onto a narrow cliff ledge – it is an awesome sight! Swallows herald the spring season and they will be passing through with a selection of interesting birdlife on their northwards migration. Continue reading February – WINTER WALKING – Bonelli´s eagle and Griffon vultures nesting, start of bird migration, Spanish Ibex. Beginning of wild narcissi, almond blossom and first orchids (Giant orchid). Plus amphibians.
We run flexible holidays with NO fixed start time. Let us know when you want to come and we will organise your holiday to suit your available holiday dates.
We run two types of holiday for you to choose from…
- Fully inclusive 7 day guided walking at a fantastic price of just 800 UK pounds per person!
- Mixed Guided and Self Guided 7 day walking holiday just 650 UK pounds per person! (For two of the five walks we supply you with maps and picnics and you can explore some of the Sierra de Grazalema on your own)
You arrive at Malaga airport with transport pickup at around 3pm to Grazalema and leave at 8am for Malaga airport for departure.(Depending on flight times of course)
We run small groups with normally never more than 8 guests at a time although sometimes we invite other people visiting or passing through the park area with our “join a group” service. Meeting like minded people and making new friendships through our shared love of the surrounding nature is an important part of Wildside Holidays – Grazalema.