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Spain is a country renowned for its rich culture, historic landmarks, and stunning beaches. However, it is also home to a diverse array of wildlife, making it a prime destination for a wildlife holiday. Here are some of the benefits of a wildlife holiday in Spain.

Firstly, Spain boasts a vast range of ecosystems, including mountains, wetlands, forests, and deserts. This variety of habitats provides a home to a diverse range of species, making it an ideal location for wildlife enthusiasts. The country is home to numerous rare and endangered species, such as the Iberian lynx, the Spanish imperial eagle, and the brown bear.

Secondly, Spain has an extensive network of national parks and protected areas, covering over 10% of its landmass. These areas are home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Europe, as well as an abundance of wildlife. Some of the most famous national parks in Spain include Doñana, Sierra Nevada, and the Pyrenees.

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.

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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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Discover Wildlife Watching in Spain: A Journey into Nature’s Heart

Discover wildlife watching in Spain and embark on an extraordinary adventure, where the wonders of wildlife await you. Delve into the heart of nature as you witness the splendor of our most cherished creatures in their natural habitats: the majestic brown bear, the regal Spanish imperial eagle, the awe-inspiring lammergeier, the elusive Iberian lynx, and the enigmatic Iberian wolf. Immerse yourself in magical experiences set amidst accessible landscapes and uncover the secrets of many successful conservation programs, dedicated to preserving these precious species.

Aiming for the Return of the Iberian Lynx in Aragón
Iberian lynx
Wildlife watching in Spain

In Spain, birdwatching becomes a thrilling pursuit, with the country’s strategic location between Africa and Europe attracting millions of migratory birds and boasting numerous globally unique species. Prepare to be captivated by the wealth of biodiversity that spans across the nation. With over 1,500 protected areas—comprising a quarter of the country—Spain offers unparalleled opportunities for exploration. Dive into the depths surrounded by fields of posidonia oceanica seagrass, sail alongside playful dolphins and majestic whales, and gaze upon the stars from breathtaking vantage points. The options are as diverse as they are enchanting.

Black Vulture - aegypius monachus - Birds and Birdwatching in Spain
Black Vulture – aegypius monachus

Journey through Spain’s national and natural parks and embark on an unforgettable odyssey. From the dramatic alpine landscapes to the lush Mediterranean forests, each park offers a unique experience tailored to every adventurer. Discover the beauty and magic of lakes, valleys, and mountains beyond your wildest dreams. Recognized by UNESCO for its abundance of biosphere reserves and geoparks, Spain stands as a beacon of environmental preservation and sustainable development. Within its borders you’ll find numerous Protected Natural Areas that adhere to the principles of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (ECST), ensuring a harmonious coexistence with nature.

The Natural Park of the Sierra de Grazalema - Walking and Wildlife Holidays in Spain
The Natural Park of the Sierra de Grazalema has also been declared a Biosphere Reserve, this is due to the diverse geography with high limestone mountains and deep gorges such as Garganta Verde
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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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Sierra Nevada Spain Hiking: A Hiker’s Paradise with Local Guides

Discover the natural wonders of Sierra Nevada, Spain’s magnificent mountain range, with the guidance of professional and enthusiastic local experts. Sierra Nevada Spain Hiking are deeply rooted in this stunning region, and are dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience. With qualified guides who are fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch, German, and French, they are there to immerse you in the beauty of Sierra Nevada’s rugged, wild, and unique landscapes. Guides are fully insured and licensed mountain guides.

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Exploring Sierra Nevada’s Natural Beauty

In the heart of Sierra Nevada, Europe’s third-highest mountain range after the Caucasus and the Alps, Sierra Nevada Spain Hiking offer guided tours for nature enthusiasts who wish to experience the region’s wonders alongside experienced local guides. Whether you’re passionate about nature, flora, fauna, or the culture of the charming white Moorish villages, they have one, two, three-day, or long weekend trips that cater to your interests. Sierra Nevada’s landscapes transport you to a world you can’t resist being a part of. Delve into its rich history, geology, flora, fauna, and the customs of the local culture that make Sierra Nevada truly unique.

Sierra Nevada Spain Hiking: A Hiker's Paradise with Local Guides
Sierra Nevada Spain Hiking: A Hiker’s Paradise with Local Guides
Year-Round Adventures

Sierra Nevada Spain Hiking welcomes adventurers all year round, with 1, 2, or 3-day inspiring guided tours that explore the wild and wonderful mountains. They also provide convenient airport transfers and assist with accommodations, ensuring your trip is stress-free. Relax and savor the untamed beauty of these mountains, characterized by dramatic scenery, unique ecosystems, and picturesque Moorish villages. We value your input and can customize your experience to match your ideas and preferences.

The Sierra Nevada is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers, and the local guides from Sierra Nevada Spain Hiking are there to make your journey memorable. Whether you’re drawn to its rugged landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, or the cultural richness of its villages, Sierra Nevada Spain Hiking has something for everyone.

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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/