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Southern Spain Wilderness

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12 Days / 11 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

8 people


English, Espanol


Spain offers some of the best natural and unspoilt spaces in Europe. Andalusia is at the top of the list in Spain regarding nature.

The province of Jaen is the greenest province in Spain. With a third of its territory designated as protected natural space, you can find some of the best nature in Andalusia, and by virtue of that, some of the best nature in Europe itself.

In this sense, Jaen is a wonderful nature sanctuary for wildlife. It has an exceptional wealth of flora and fauna that have led to four Natural Parks, three Natural Areas and two Nature Reserves being established.

This wildlife tour takes you throughout three Natural Parks: Cazorla, Segura & Las Villas N. P., Sierra Magina N. P. and Sierras de Andujar N. P.

Enjoy an amazing 12 days tour in one of the most bio-diversified region in Europe.



Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas N P is the largest Natural Park in Spain and second in Europe. It is located at the East of the province.

Moving the clock forward to the 80’s, it was identified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. The EU then recognized it as an area of Special protection for Birds. In 1986 the Spanish government declared it a Natural Park.

The geology of these sierras is formed by limestone, with dramatic landscapes of sheer cliffs, gorges, waterfalls and streams of crystal clear water. The most typical woodland is Pine forests, and the park boasts yet one more superlative as home to the largest expanse of forest in the whole Iberian Peninsula. In the park, there is a total of 2,170 separate species of plant of which 35 are endemism.

The park is also known for being the birthplace of the River Guadalquivir.

Kind off paradoxically, way back in the 18th century, the sierras was declared a maritime province, serving as it did both military and civil construction. The timbers were used in the construction of naval vessels, and the old tobacco factory in Seville is a present day example which pays testimony to those times.

Sierra Magina N P. This rugged Natural Park covers 19,900ha of rocky, steep limestone terrain, with precipitous cliffs and high summits that are often snow-capped in winter. A separate mountain range 40 km to Cazorla, home to the greatest density of Golden eagles in Europe. It is as well home to an extraordinary variety and number of wild plants; hardy plants growing on the upper slopes are unique to the park and its abundant wildflowers and aromatic plants add a richness of colour and scent to the Sierra. Due to wide variations in climate and terrain within the park, there is a wealth of wildlife, including many orchids and wild mushrooms, as well as native plant species, some of which are exclusive to the Sierra.

Some species of birds which are easy to see are Bonelli’s eagle, Goshawk, Peregrine, Eagle owl, Blue-rock thrush, Red-billed chough, Crag martin, Alpine swift, Ring ouzel, Golden oriole, Black wheatear, Cirl bunting, and if we are very lucky, maybe a Wallcreeper fleeing from the cold of Northern Europe. And…not only birds: Wild boar, Spanish ibex, Ocellated lizard, Montpellier snake, Snub-nose viper… Invertebrates like the grasshopper Eumigas monticola, which is native to Andalucia, and butterflies like the threatened Purple shot copper Lycaena alciphron, Two-tailed pasha Charaxes jasius, and the rare Mazarine blue Cyaniris semiargus.

The Sierras de Andújar N. P. forms part of the Sierra Morena mountain range. This beautiful natural space in the northwest of the province, lies between the Rivers Yeguas and Jandula. The gently rolling Natural Park is densely wooded and boasts one of Andalucia’s best preserved expanses of Mediterranean forest and scrubland.The dominant vegetation is Mediterranean, with Cork and holm oak woodland, and the geology is granite, quartz and slate. Hosts a large numbers of hoofed mammals like red and fallow deer along with wild boar and mouflon. Small carnivorous like otters, genet and wildcat, and It is home to many endangered species: birds such as the magnificent Spanish Imperial Eagle and Black Vulture, the shy Black stork, as well as the most endangered cat in the world: the Iberian Lynx. This Natural Park currently holds the best and most important population in terms of conservation of the specie, with about 250 lynx, which is around 70% of the world population.


5 Days / 4 Nights

Minimum group: 3 people

Maximum group: 8 people


*The tour descriptions and itineraries are meant only as a guide. We will select the list of sites to visit and will organise the schedule according to the season, the time of day, the weather conditions and other variations in the environment and fauna. We therefore reserve the right to amend the itineraries according to circumstances, but will strive to maintain the advertised standard of the tour.

*Whatever the time of the year, it is recommended the use of comfortable clothing. Bring a jacket and/or a fleece, as it could be cold early in the morning and evening. Walking shoes or hiking boots, rain jacket, hat and sunscreen.


  • Dates: 2019. April 29th - May 10th
  • Group Size: Min 3- Max 8 people
  • Price based on sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplement € 200 per person.
  • Optional service: Pick-up & drop-off at Malaga or Madrid Airport. Please, ask us about this option


Day 1
You’ll be met in the town of Jaen.

Transfer to our hotel, lying on the western edge of the sierra near the town of Cazorla and situating us perfectly for routes into the heart of CAZORLA, SEGURA & LAS VILLAS N. P. , the largest N. P. in Spain
Days 2, 3, 4
We'll spend three days enjoying the wilderness in this wonderful Natural Park.

The Natural Park offers some of the wildest landscapes in the Iberian Peninsula. Reaching an impressive altitude of over 6,800 feet, it’s home to a landscape of rocky peaks, sheer cliffs and gorges, magnificent waterfalls, and one of the largest reservoirs in Andalusia, El Tranco. In such dramatic and varied wilderness you might expect an abundance of nature, and such is the case in one of the most biodiversified regions in all of Europe and birthplace of the legendary River Guadalquivir.
Day 5
Days 6, 7
We’ll spend two days touring throughout this colossus of a sierra – at 7,100 feet, the highest in the region. This is an area known for its outstanding nature, including an exceptional array of botany. There is a total of 1,290 separate species of plants in the park. Worthy of mention the great variety and number of orchids, as well as numerous insects, butterflies, reptiles and birds. This natural space is home to many species of raptors, including a good population of Bonelli’s eagle and the greatest density of Golden eagles in Europe.

The rugged Sierra Magina combines landscapes of dramatic mountain peaks, where we can find the most emblematic mammal in the park, the Spanish ibex, and open highland meadows, plenty of wild plants and flowers in Springtime.
Day 8
Transfer to Sierras de Andújar N. P.

After our breakfast, we'll leave for SIERRAS DE ANDÚJAR N. P. Birding en route.

Arrival late afternoon at our hotel. Once we have settled in, we might make our first visit (depending on our arrival time) to one of the several viewing areas in the hope of finding an Iberian lynx. Who knows, we might get lucky on our first attempt!, so we'll go in search of our target in some of the best areas in the park, where some other mammals are also often recorded such as Otter, Wild boar, Fallow deer and Red deer.

These areas are also a great place to enjoy along with the local territorial Spanish Imperial eagles and other raptors like Griffon vulture and Black vulture.
Days 9, 10 , 11
Three more days we'll spend all our time - especially early morning and late afternoon - looking for this elusive feline and other animals from the best watchpoints in the N. P. as well as in some of the private estates in this natural space.
Day 12
Last chance to see "the cat".

After an early breakfast, (depending on time availability for you) we'll drive back to the site along the River Jandula, with our focus always on getting Iberian Lynx. Our fifth day will provide us the last chance to find the lynx again, although hopefully by then we will have had good views of the Iberian lynx during the previous days. Then bags packed and back to the town of Jaen, where the tour ends.


  • 11 Nights accommmodation with private facilities in quality Hotels
  • 4x4 transport during the tour
  • Access to exclusive private estates in Sierra de Andujar N.P.
  • Use of quality optical equipment
  • Guiding and interpretation in English
  • All meals, being a pic-nic for lunch
  • Extra food/drink to normal meal times
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Transfer to/from airport
  • Item of personal nature
  • Tips/gratuites


Our guides are provided of high quality optical equipment (binoculars and telescopes). However, it is highly recommendable to bring your own set.
According to the targeted species, 300 to 600 mm lens are recommendable. Macro lens, photo filters for landscapes and tripods can be very useful, as well as replacement memory cards and batteries.

Our guides will get clients advice about different facts like local species, species behaviour or responsible wild fauna photography.
Although humid, winter conditions are not extremely cold (around 0ºC), reaching low values like – 6º C when a cold snap occurs. Warm and waterproof boots, warm clothing, gloves, winter cap, scarf and rain coat, in case of rainy conditions, are recommendable.

In spite of occasional heat waves and cold snaps, mild climate conditions are the predominant during spring and autumn. It is recommendable to wear warn clothes, rain coats and confortable waterproof footwear. Sun cream is also recommendable.

In summer, temperatures may overcome 40º C during the day while nights stay warn. Therefore, cool clothing, confortable shoes, long trouser, sunglasses, insect repellent and sun cream are the best option.
In spite of exploring the best areas with the most skilled guides, none species sightings, including Lammergeier is guaranteed. Our company counts with a high percentage of success.

We are focused on wildlife conservation. So, please follow any time our guide’s advice and never put your personal interest before animal welfare.

AEFONA (Wildlife Photographers Assotiation) and Lynx, Wolf and Bear Ethic Code must be applied.
Our aim is to offer you places with the best location and the best personalized service in order to make your stay pleasant. To this end, we work with the best housing services in the natural spaces we visit. For further information, please click this link:
To get the best wildlife observations, early morning is the desirable departure time.

However, departure time will be set once you find your accommodation and adapted to every season.

The length of the full-day journeys is 8 - 9 hours, adapting them to the weather conditions given by different seasons. Thus, the best option is to try to get and advantage of the best hours to spot fauna. It is recommendable to avoid central hours, which can be used to rest when days are very long from May to September.

In winter, full-day journeys from dawn until dusk will be the main option, including pic-nic on the way.
We focus on local products and traditional recipes based on Mediterranean food, offered in the accommodation places we work with. Tell us if you have any food intolerance and we will report it.

Breakfast is served just before leaving in the morning. Meal may be pic-nic, if we stay outside, or in the hotel if weather conditions are not suitable (especially in late spring-summer-early autumn), going back to the countryside in the evening.

During journeys we take water. However, we recommend taking some extra water bottle by clients in case of major need.
Our guides are English skilled.
In order you give you the best our guides have a broad knowledge of the region highlighting nature and fauna. We are a team made up with people with different backgrounds based on biology, environmental sciences, photography, etc. Moreover, we count on gender equality.

For further information check our TEAM section.
Vehicles are Four-Wheel Drive, confortable and fitted with air conditioning and heating.

In order to optimize car use we recommend 3 clients per vehicle.
Due to large size of the different Natural Parks, some days we will run long distances and some others we will be around to our accomodation place. In both cases, we will visit the most remarkable scenarios to spot the most relevant wildlife species.


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