• Wander over rolling plains and through cork and holm oak dehesas in one of the most untouched areas of Spain
• Highlights include the Parque Natural de Monfragüe, perhaps the finest raptor-watching site in Europe
• Stay first in historical Cáceres and then in a traditional family-run finca set deep within forests of cork oak and steppe grassland
conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant
Depart London Heathrow 0915 on Iberia Airlines, arriving Madrid 1240. Transfer by coach to Cáceres for three nights at NH Collection Cáceres Palacio de Oquendo. Welcome and introduction.
Morning walks in the llanos (plains) and steppe landscape around Cáceres (great bustards, Montagu’s harriers, calandra larks) with visit to roller nesting area followed by some free time in Cáceres (World Heritage site with huge colonies of swifts, storks and lesser kestrels). Afternoon: historical walking tour of Cáceres.
Whole day excursion to Parque Natural de Monfragüe (birds of prey such as golden and Spanish imperial eagles, owls, black storks and griffon, Egyptian and black vultures). Walk through rare Mediterranean woodland to Monfragüe Castle, and Peña Falcon Rock (vulture and raptor nesting areas). Free evening.
Travel via Los Barruecos (huge granite boulders, nesting white storks) and Museo Vostell Malpartida (modern art museum housed in an 18th century water mill) to Navas del Madroño for four nights at Finca el Vaqueril. Evening lakeside walk amongst granite boulders, with Visigothic rock-cut graves.
Walk (5 miles) through cork oak woods and plains (hoopoes, bee-eaters, bustards, thekla and calandra larks, birds of prey) to Brozas. Evening lecture: Dehesa Ecology.
Historical town of Alcántara in Tagus Valley (giant Roman bridge over gorge), walk beside Tagus River (former border between Spain and Portugal, now national park): nightingales, crag martins, raptors.
Walk (5 miles) through finca estate with picnic lunch. Afternoon: informal walking tour of the estate with the owner to learn about cork production and famous free-roaming black Iberian pigs. Evening: barbeque (including local liquors).
Transfer to Madrid for 1630 flight, arriving Heathrow 1755.
20 May — 27 May 2020
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Our tour will include several gentle walks, some of up to five miles, and participants should be comfortable walking over rugged terrain. A good level of fitness is required for this tour.
FINCA EL VAQUERIL
Please note that the Finca el Vaqueril does not have an official star rating and the standard of accommodation is lower than we would normally select, however it has been chosen for its remarkable location and proximity to the wildlife. We recommend you speak to a member of our Sales team for more information about this property ahead of booking.
For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of:
Cost of £1795 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches (some packed), six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £235.