Category Archives: Focus on

“Focus on” is a series of articles that highlights specific places, towns, natural parks, and other destinations in Spain. In each article, we take a closer look at the unique characteristics that make each place special, from its history and culture to its natural beauty and attractions. Our goal is to provide readers with an in-depth understanding of each location, along with insider tips on what to see, do, and experience while there. Whether you’re a first-time traveler to Spain or a seasoned explorer, “Focus on” is your guide to discovering the best that this diverse and fascinating country has to offer.

Starlight destinations in Spain

The Starlight Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 to promote the protection of the night sky and the development of “astrotourism” and there is an ever growing list of starlight destinations in Spain to visit.

The Foundations work in Spain is making a positive impact on the environment and on the local economy and the project has certified quite a few areas in Spain as Starlight Reserves, Starlight Parks, or Starlight Villages. These areas include the Teide National Park in Tenerife, the Monfragüe National Park in Extremadura, and the Cabañeros National Park in Castilla-La Mancha.

Montsec observatory
Montsec is a mountain range in Catalonia that is known for its dark skies and stunning natural beauty. Montsec observatory.

The Foundation has also worked with local governments and tourism boards to promote astrotourism in Spain organizing stargazing events, astronomy festivals, and astrophotography workshops. They have also conducted surveys of the night sky in different parts of the country and have developed strategies in order to reduce light pollution.

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Discover the breathtaking wildlife of Spain on an unforgettable guided or self guided holiday

When it comes to wildlife, Spain stands as one of the top countries in Europe, boasting a remarkable array of landscapes, species, and conservation initiatives. With a remarkable number of UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserves, this country is leading the way in protecting its endangered wildlife, including the majestic brown bear and the elusive Iberian lynx. If you’re seeking a memorable walking holiday that combines the beauty of nature with guided or self-guided exploration, look no further. Here, Discover the breathtaking wildlife of Spain on an unforgettable guided or self guided holiday

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Finding wildlife photography hides in Spain

Discover the best hide photography opportunities in Spain with our guide to wildlife photography hides. These popular photo hides offer the chance to capture stunning shots of Spain’s most iconic wildlife species, from the comfort of a small, exclusive hide. With capacities for just 2-4 people, reservations are essential to secure your spot. Prices for a day’s photography typically range from €80-€150, with some peak times costing up to €300.

The Campanarios de Azaba Biological Reserve

One of the finest places to visit in Spain, The Campanarios de Azaba Biological Reserve has excellent accommodation and spectacular hides to keep birding photographers and wildlife enthusiasts very happy! Nestled in the picturesque province of Salamanca, close to the border with Portugal, this enchanting haven offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of unspoiled Mediterranean forests, lush meadows, and thriving ecosystems. Read more here: https://wildsideholidays.co.uk/campanarios-de-azaba-biological-reserve-salmanca/

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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.

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.

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