Looking for Wildlife & Walking Holidays in Spain?

Are you looking for wildlife, walking and cultural holidays in Spain or interested in finding wildlife watching places in Spain? Wildside Holidays publishes information pages about the Natural and National parks in Spain. At Wildside Holidays, wildlife in Spain and wildlife guides are easy to find. Just look in the right hand column for protected areas in the Spanish regions, the top menu for the wildlife pages. (On a mobile just scroll down or use the menu button.) In the left column you’ll find some of the best local guides with links to further information for booking your guided wildife holiday in Spain.

Sustainable rural and wildlife tourism in Spain is a major key to wildlife and habitat protection. There are many studies showing how wildlife tourism can impact local economies, habitats and the wildlife it contains in a very positive way.

If you are interested in Wildlife photography using hides than have a look at this article with descriptions and links to companies offering Wildlife hides in Spain: https://wildsideholidays.co.uk/finding-wildlife-photography-hides-in-spain/

If you are on a desktop or laptop, then in the left column you will find links to some of the top INDEPENDENT activity holiday companies in Spain. (On a mobile just scroll down.)

If you are travelling without a walking or wildlife guiding company in Spain then we highly reccommend booking.com for your hotel and accommodation needs.

You can also reserve trains and buses using the booking box of OMIO located on all pages.

Trips and tours in Spain from Viator

Spain holds a vast array of amazing places to visit and explore and very often a guide will help you get the best out of a visit to a certain area. Have a look at the organised guided trips on offer from the Viator website.

A huge thank you to everyone that uses the links on these pages to reserve a hotel, Viator or Get Your Guide guided trip, Tiqets entry or transport by train / bus in Spain. The small commission we receive helps a lot. Thankyou!

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Ronda Today

Everything you need to know before you visit Ronda “The city of dreams” in Andalucia. https://www.rondatoday.com/

Visit Cádiz

Planning on visiting Cádiz? Tourist information. Monuments. Hotels. Activities. City guides: https://visitingcadiz.com/

The Caminito del Rey

Find tickets for the Caminito del Rey: https://www.caminodelrey.es/

Wildside Holidays – Spain

Take a trip on the Wildside! Discover the wildlife and nature of Spain, its Natural and National Parks and find the top wildlife, activity and walking holiday companies.

Iberia Nature Forum

Struggling with identifying those bugs and beasties? Why not check out the Iberia nature Forum! https://iberianatureforum.com/

Campanarios de Azaba biological reserve (Salmanca)

Nestled in the picturesque province of Salamanca, close to the border with Portugal, lies the magnificent Campanarios de Azaba Biological Reserve—a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. This enchanting haven offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of unspoiled Mediterranean forests, lush meadows, and thriving ecosystems.

At Campanarios de Azaba, nature conservation takes center stage. The reserve actively contributes to the restoration and preservation of natural habitats, ensuring a sustainable future for the region’s wildlife. By staying in the reserve, you directly support these conservation efforts, allowing you to play a vital role in safeguarding the area’s ecological balance.

Check out dates and prices for the Campanarios de Azaba biological reserve at booking.com

Immersive accommodation

To enhance your experience, the reserve offers comfortable and eco-friendly accommodation options amidst the serene natural surroundings. Whether you prefer a cozy cabin or a charming lodge, you’ll find the perfect retreat to relax and rejuvenate after days filled with exploration. Each accommodation choice is designed to minimize environmental impact while providing a comfortable stay for guests.

For passionate wildlife photographers and avid animal observers, the breathtaking Campanarios de Azaba Biological Reserve presents an unparalleled opportunity. With its modern and well-equipped wildlife watching hides, this reserve is a dream come true. Get ready to capture extraordinary moments and witness the beauty of nature up close in an environment designed to enthrall photographers and animal enthusiasts alike.

Wildlife Watching Hides

The Campanarios de Azaba Biological Reserve boasts an array of specially designed hides, making it an ideal destination for photography and animal observation. These hides are modern, well-equipped, and strategically placed to offer you the best vantage points for capturing stunning shots of the reserve’s diverse wildlife. You’ll find yourself immersed in an unrivaled viewing experience.

Vulture and Kite Attraction Areas

Within the reserve, there are dedicated areas developed to attract magnificent vultures, including Black, Griffon, and Egyptian vultures, as well as kites. Two hides of varying types and sizes provide optimal opportunities for observation and photography.

Campanarios de Azaba biological reserve (Salmanca)
Imagine being at eye level with these majestic birds and watch them as they soar through the skies, showcasing their remarkable aerial prowess.
Tree Hides for Unique Perspectives

At Campanarios de Azaba, the adventure doesn’t stop at traditional hides. Elevated several meters above the ground, the tree hides offer a captivating and unique perspective of the natural surroundings. From these elevated positions, you can observe and photograph nature from a completely different point of view.

Campanarios de Azaba biological reserve (Salmanca)
The tree hides provide an extraordinary opportunity to capture breathtaking shots and unveil a fresh aspect of the reserve’s abundant wildlife.
Water Holes: A Wildlife Haven

The reserve’s water holes act as an irresistible magnet, attracting a diverse range of wildlife. These strategic locations are perfect for observation and photography. From birds to mammals, a captivating array of species gather around these water sources, providing photographers with a wealth of subjects to capture in their lenses.

Campanarios de Azaba biological reserve (Salmanca)
These hides are modern, well-equipped, and strategically placed to offer you the best vantage points for capturing stunning shots of the reserve’s diverse wildlife.
Nature Tourism at its best

Beyond the borders of the reserve, the Salamanca region holds many other treasures waiting to be discovered. Take a day trip to the enchanting historical city of Salamanca, known for its stunning architecture and rich cultural heritage. The walled town of Ciudad Rodrigo is well worth a visit along with Belmonte. Or, you explore nearby natural wonders such as the Arribes del Duero Natural Park, famous for its dramatic river canyons. Campanarios de Azaba serves as an excellent base for exploring these fascinating attractions in both Spain and Portugal.

Website: https://www.lodgecampanariosdeazaba.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CampanariosDeAzaba


Ronda Today

Everything you need to know before you visit Ronda “The city of dreams” in Andalucia. https://www.rondatoday.com/

The Caminito del Rey

Find tickets for the Caminito del Rey: https://www.caminodelrey.es/

Wildside Holidays – Spain

Take a trip on the Wildside! Discover the wildlife and nature of Spain, its Natural and National Parks and find the top wildlife, activity and walking holiday companies.

Visit Cádiz

Planning on visiting Cádiz? Tourist information. Monuments. Hotels. Activities. City guides. https://visitingcadiz.com/

Iberia Nature Forum

Struggling with identifying those bugs and beasties? Why not check out the Iberia nature Forum! https://iberianatureforum.com/

The Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia)

The Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia), also known as the arrui, is a species of wild sheep native to the arid regions of North Africa, including the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. It was introduced into Spain in the 1970s for hunting purposes. It has since established populations in several regions of the country, such as Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha, and Murcia feeding on grasses, bushes, and lichens.

The largest free-range population in Spain is found in the Southeast of Spain, mostly from the Sierra Espuña to the Sierra Cazorla.

In Spanish the barbary sheep is called arruí, muflón del Atlas or carnero de berbería.

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Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) Lince Ibérico

Overview

Lynx pardinus (Felis pardina or pardinus, Felis lynx pardina, Lynx lynx pardina)… Too many names!

Once found throughout Spain and Portugal. the Iberian lynx began to decline in the first half of the 20th century due to over hunting and trapping for the fur trade. This decline was hugely accelerated after the 1950’s with the spread of myxomatosis. A disease which decimated populations of the European rabbit, the lynx’s main prey.

From the 1980’s the Iberian lynx was considered by IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature) to be critically endangered and became known as the world’s most threatened cat species.

However, as a result of the increasing population size, the Iberian Lynx no longer qualifies for IUCN Critically Endangered status and is therefore listed as Endangered under criterion D. The improved status of this species is all due to various intensive and ongoing conservation programs.

Current populations and programs

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Conservation Success: Iberian Lynx Numbers Reach Historic High in 2024 census

Some pretty amazing news from Spain and Portugal! A Conservation Success: Iberian Lynx Numbers Reach Historic High in 2024 census.

The total census of Iberian lynx now stands at 2,021 individuals. This includes 1,299 adults or subadults and 722 cubs born last year. After surpassing 1,000 specimens in 2020, the Iberian population has doubled in just three years.

Read about the Iberian Lynx here.

2023 census findings

The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) census in Spain and Portugal for 2023 showed significant growth. The species has exceeded 2,000 specimens, a new record since detailed population monitoring began.

This is highlighted in the report by the Iberian lynx working group, coordinated by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO). The group includes representatives from Spanish autonomous communities and the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) of Portugal.

Distribution of lynxes

The report indicates a total of 2,021 lynxes, with 1,730 in Spain (85.6%) and 291 in Portugal. Four Spanish autonomous communities host stable populations. Andalucía has 755 specimens, 43.6% of the Spanish population. Castilla-La Mancha has 715 lynxes (41.3%). Extremadura has 253 specimens, and the Region of Murcia has seven.

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Take a trip on the Wildside! Discover the wildlife and nature of Spain, its Natural and National Parks and find the top wildlife, activity and walking holiday companies in Spain.