The Montaña Palentina
The Montaña Palentina has been for some years, one of the most demanded and attractive ornithological destinations in the Iberian Peninsula. A new and fascinating ornithological world. The declaration as a Natural Park, the presence of amazing mountain and forestall landscapes and of course the fact of being a refuge of a great variety of wildlife like raptors, woodpeckers, passerines, butterflies, reptiles and of course the Brown Bear and the Iberian Wolf makes it a privileged place to enjoy Iberian wildlife and a motivation for all kind of wildlife watchers.
it is an environment located at high altitude. Thus it is not difficult to find a great number of passerines, raptors and of course a large variety of butterflies everywhere. In our tour we will visit places like Brañosera (the oldest village in Spain), “El Golobar”, more than 1.700 m above the sea level and an amazing place to find subalpine birds and mountain habitats with forests and meadows where all kind of raptors, warblers and other passerines will be a challenge both for beginners and experts birdwatchers.
Bird Target. The Montaña Palentina is absolutely amazing to enjoy a great and varied number of birds: Passerines: Bluethroat, Rock Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Citril Finch, Tree Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Woodchat Shrike, Red-Backed Shrike, Southern Grey Shrike, Golden Oriol, Bee Eater, Firecrest, Iberian Ciffchaff, Bonelli´s Warbler, Spectacler Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Dartford Warbler, and all kind of larks. Raptors like Griffon Vulture, Golden Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, short-Toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, all kind of Harriers, Black Kite, Hobby, and some Forestal Birds like Middle-Spotted Woodpecker and Wryneck.
All of them through easy walking paths.
Sunday - Meet our British Gude at the Plymouth Ferryport where we catch the 1645 sailing to Spain. A 2-berth cabin is provided and upgrades are available as detailed in Essential Information.We will be setting off from Plymouth and crossing the English Channel towards the Ushant on the north western tip of France. We will be hoping to see Great skua, Manx shearwater, Kittiwake, Gannets and more. We will also be looking for Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise and Minke whale as these animals are frequently seen in these waters throughout the year.
On Monday morning we are in the Bay of Biscay where we resume looking for pelagic seabirds and the various whale and dolphin species that makes the Bay of Biscay one of the best places to observe cetaceans in Europe. We will be hoping to see the big whales, Beaked whales and a variety of dolphin species along with the many surprises that Biscay has to offer.
We reach Spain at 1400 next day and meet the coach which will be our transport for the next 4 days. We’ll also meet our Spanish Guides, Javier Gil Vaquero and Angel Herrero Calvo . We now drive south to Montana Palentina and one of the most attractive ornithological destinations in the Iberian Peninsula. Its declaration as a natural park, the presence of amazing mountain and forest landscapes and the possibility of fantastic bird and mammal sightings are enough motivation to bring all kinds of wildlife watchers to this area of Spain.Our destination is the small village of Cervera de Pisguera in the region of Palencia and our hotel , the modest Hotel Rural Peñalabra.
We stay for three nights and breakfast, dinner with wine and a packed lunch is included. After two days of wildlife watching in Montana Palentina we return to Santander for our return sailing where we once again look for Pelagic seabirds and cetaceans as we cross the bay of Biscay.
Not only is this one of the best places in Spain to observe Wolf and Brown bear it is also a paradise for Butterfly lovers and of course fantastic for birdwatching. We anticipate that one of the local Rangers will join us to talk about the wild bears that inhabit this region.
This trip will be targeting all the wildlife in this beautiful place with the aim to explore all that is representative of the beauty of the mountains at this time of the year and is for those who appreciate the diversity of wildlife that this amazing mountain range has to offer and is an opportunity not to be missed.
After three days of wildlife watching in Montana Palentina we return to Santander on Thursday for our 1545 sailing to Plymouth and we will resume looking for Birds and cetaceans for a repeat of our outward journey.
Friday - We arrive at Plymouth at 1045.
(The cost includes: ferry crossings with 2-berth cabin; three nights 2/3* hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner with wine; three packed lunches; expert English and Spanish Guides throughout; coach transport in Spain)
Single supplement £80
Meeting point : Plymouth Ferryport