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  • Storks nesting at Los Barruecos

  • Eurasian Griffon Vulture at Monfragüe National Park

  • The UNESCO-protected town of Cáceres

  • A European Roller

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  • Dehesa landscape

  • Monfragüe Castle

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  • Explore the rolling plains of Extremadura with its cork and holm oak dehesas in one of the most untouched areas of Spain

  • Stay in the Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, perhaps the finest raptor-watching site in Europe, and in historical Cáceres with its wealth of wheeling swifts

  • Wander through Los Barruecos, extraordinary giant boulders home to nesting storks

“An interesting introduction to a part of Spain that is less well known – rich in history and with impressive architecture”

– ACE customer on a previous natural history tour to Extremadura led by Kevin Hand



With its wild mountain ranges and limitless rolling plains, Extremadura boasts an enticing variety of landscapes. In the springtime the region’s cork and holm oak dehesas are abundantly carpeted with rock roses and cistus, while the grasslands boast mile after mile of catchfly and marigold.


Exploring the Via del Plata, an ancient pilgrimage route running from southern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, we will seek bee-eaters, hoopoes, orioles, booted eagles and red-rumped swallows, all the while surrounded by a wealth of wildflowers and majestic oaks.


When summer guests such as the lesser kestrel and pallid swift arrive, and winter visitors begin their migration north, the Parque Natural de Monfragüe can justifiably lay claim to be the finest raptor-watching site in Europe. Colonies of up to 200 vultures – griffon, black and Egyptian – make their home at Peña Falcón Rock, accompanied by black storks and rock buntings. At Los Barruecos (where “Spain was born”, according to the locals) storks nest on huge granite boulders strewn beside remote paths.


Our tour will also unravel Extremadura’s fascinating regional history, where Romans, Goths, Moors and conquistadors have all left their mark. The medieval quarter in the UNESCO-protected town of Cáceres ranks among Spain’s finest, whilst Trujillo, formerly the Roman town of Turgalium, boasts a wealth of medieval and Renaissance buildings and a rich Córdoban and Almoravid history.


We will spend our first three nights in Cáceres at the four-star Hotel NH Collection Cáceres Palacio de Oquendo, a converted 16th century palace just moments away from the ancient walls of this charming and historical town. We will then spend four nights at the four-star Hospederia Parque Nacional de Monfragüe, located within the heart of the Monfragüe National Park. The standard of accommodation here is more basic, however its position within the park is perfect, immersing us in the natural surroundings of this magical part of Spain.


This tour will be led by conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant Kevin Hand, MSc, MCIEEM, who has taken tours for ACE since 1992. 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 has a special interest in birds and ecotourism, and has carried out extensive fieldwork in the UK and abroad, making him an ideal director for this Spanish tour.

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Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, seven breakfasts, five lunches (some packed), six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £325.

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