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  • Eurasian Hoopoe

  • Azure winged magpie

  • Coto Doñana

  • Odiel river

  • Glossy ibis in the Doñana National Park

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  • Discover the remarkable wildlife of the Coto Doñana, including the birdlife teeming on the lagoon near our hotel

  • Spend a day in the enchanting city of Seville, including an evening flamenco performance

  • Look out for mammals including red deer and Egyptian mongoose in Arroyo de la Rocina

“A very relaxing tour in a fascinating location”

“I can't commend [Kevin] highly enough. Not only is he great at spotting and identifying wildlife, but he is endlessly enthusiastic and cheerful”

- ACE customers on the 2023 Coto Doñana & Seville tour with Kevin Hand

The Coto Doñana is one of the most prolific birdwatching destinations in Europe. From our base, the small hermitage village of El Rocío, we will study the area’s birds, mammals and ecology, alongside the cultural delights of Seville and Huelva. 


Our itinerary has been designed to make the most of this stunning natural environment and maximise our chances of seeing the wonderful birds and mammals that inhabit it. 


The sandy tracks not far from our hotel are perfect for spotting one of the Doñana’s great birds, the Spanish imperial eagle; while across the drier habitats of monte blanco scrub and umbrella pine woodland live the beautiful azure-winged magpie, hoopoe, egrets, warblers and other typical Mediterranean species. At the Odiel Marshes Natural Park, we will search for osprey, terns, spoonbills and waders.


As well as taking in the cultural highlights of Seville, we will tour Huelva, famed as the terminus a quo for the voyages of Columbus, and spend time in El Rocío. Here, the sandy streets are designed for the horses and wagons of the thousands of pilgrims who come to the village for the Whitsun Romería del Rocío.


Our final day takes us into the Coto Doñana National Park for an exclusive guided tour, supported by local experts, to understand the complex ecology of the region and look out for rarer species.


We will stay at the Hotel La Malvasia in El Rocío, a traditional and welcoming establishment conveniently located for our visits and within walking distance of the Marismas del Rocío. This string of huge lagoons teems with birdlife: great flamingo flocks, ducks from northern Europe, storks, stilts, glossy ibis, purple gallinule and raptors such as kites and harriers.


This tour will be led by conservationist and environmental consultant Kevin Hand, MSc, MCIEEM. Kevin has a special interest in birds, mammals and ecotourism, and has led many projects linking nature and communities. Kevin was previously a Director of the Tree Council. In 2017 he was appointed President of the Cambridge Natural History Society and continues to act as Vice President. He currently also chairs the Newmarket Chalk Streams Trust. Kevin looks forward to returning to the Coto Doñana with an ACE group in 2024. 

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Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a superior twin or double bedded room, traditional flamenco performance, seven breakfasts, three lunches with water & coffee, seven dinners (one light) with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, superior double room for single use supplement £450.

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