• Delve into the remarkable wildlife of the Coto Doñana, from the birdlife teeming on the lagoon outside our hotel to the ancient dunes and forests of the of the Cuesta de Maneli
• Spend Christmas Eve in the enchanting city of Seville, including a celebratory lunch and evening flamenco performance
• Look out for mammals including red deer in Arroyo de la Rocina
Kevin Hand , MSc, MCIEEM
conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant
Depart Gatwick 1310 on British Airways, arriving Faro 1605. Transfer to Hotel Toruño, El Rocío, for seven nights.
Morning walk in Arroyo de la Rocina, dry land habitat with azure-winged magpie, hoopoe, egrets, warblers and mammals, red deer, wild boar, Egyptian mongoose.
Christmas Eve Whole day in Seville: Santa Cruz quarter (former Jewish ghetto). Renaissance cathedral, Alcázar (fine 14th century Mudéjar work). Celebratory lunch at typical Andalucian restaurant followed by free afternoon. Evening: traditional flamenco performance. Optional midnight service in Our Lady of Rocío Church.
Christmas Day El Rocío: brotherhood houses, lagoon-side church, Boca del Lobo (chance to see the Spanish imperial eagle). Evening walk in Rocío area and birdwatching from hotel across huge lagoons.
Whole-day excursion to Coto Doñana National Park (jeep tour of northern area).
Cuesta de Maneli (ancient sand dunes, pine forests, wild Atlantic coast) and El Acebuche Visitors’ Centre (restored hacienda, lynx reintroduction programme, black-shouldered kite, southern grey shrike).
Whole-day excursion to National Park of Odiel Marshes (wetland reserve with osprey, terns, spoonbills and thousands of waders). Afternoon: Huelva’s La Rábida monastery, Columbus statue, Harbour of the Caravels.
Transfer to Faro for 1655 departure, arriving Gatwick 1945.
22 Dec — 29 Dec 2017
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Cost of £1795 includes:
return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three lunches, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, single room supplement £140.