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6 Days Ebro Delta Guided Bird Watching Safari in Spain
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Carrer Sis, No. 11, 2, 1A, Camarles, Baix Ebre, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain

Birding Safari in Spain

Ebro Delta is among Europe's premier bird watching locations with over 320 square kilometers of varied wetland habitats which are home to more than 300 different species of birds. Ebro Delta Birding offer a fantastic and complete bird watching experience which will cover all the best sites of the area and its surroundings. With the extremely knowledgeable guide Al Henderson you will be taken to every corner of the delta and beyond in search of elusive and spectacular sightings.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 6 persons
  • Children policy: Children are allowed as participants starting from the age of two
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: flamingos, eagles, buzzards, white storks, herons, etc.
  • Starting point and ending point: Barcelona
  • English, Spanish speaking guide

Meet the guides

Highlights

  • 4 bird watching tours
  • Native English speaker professional guide
  • Access to unspoilt and remote areas of the Ebro Delta
  • Have a full day tour in Els Ports Natural Park including griffon vulture viewing
  • See flamingos, eagles, buzzards, white storks, herons, and others
  • Breakfast tailored to clients' preference
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Styles


4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Barcelona–El Prat Airport
Airport transfer included: Reus Airport
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Accommodation

Your base for the trip will be a charming rustic villa which is situated in the tranquil olive groves perched on the edge of the delta - a perfect home away from home.

Facilities

  • Air conditioning, twin heat / cooling
  • Comfortably accommodates parties of up to six people (there are five bedrooms, one twin with en-suite, two doubles with en-suite bathroom, two singles with shared bathroom)
  • Excellent bird watching opportunities around the villa; take a morning stroll into the olive groves and you will see plenty
  • Fast, reliable Wi-Fi
  • Fully equipped kitchen for self catering with oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, and dishwasher
  • Packed lunches available to take on excursions
  • Patio / barbeque area
  • Reliable taxi service available into L'Ampolla at a low cost
  • Spacious living area with large flat screen TV and access to UK satelite TV; library of DVDs available
  • Towels provided, washing facilities on-site
  • Wood burning fire for chilly winter nights

Program

Target species

  • Flamingos - thousands of these elegant birds available to see all year round
  • Raptors - an amazing abundance of birds of prey like eagles, buzzards, vultures, hawks, falcons, kites, osprey
  • Magnificent migrants - spring and autumn offer fantastic views of birds in passage such as the majestic white stork
  • Wonderful waders - a fantastic variety of wading birds around shallow bays and saline lagoons at different times of the year
  • Herons, bitterns, and egrets - every European variety is present here at different times throughout the year
  • Vulture experience in Els Ports - unforgettable sightings of griffon and Egyptian vultures

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

  • You will be collected from the airport by one of the team members and be transferred to your accommodation, Ebro Delta Birding's private self catering villa situated in the countryside, just outside L'Ampolla, on the edge of the Ebro Delta

Day 2: Ebro Delta South

  • Ebro Delta South fully guided bird watching tour

Day 3: Ebro River boat tour

  • Ebro River by boat full day tour

Day 4: Els Ports Natural Park

  • Els Ports Natural Park full day tour including griffon vulture viewing at Mas de Bunyol

Day 5: Ebro Delta North

  • Ebro Delta North fully guided bird watching tour

Day 6: Departure

  • One of the team members will return you to the airport in time for your flight

Guides

Al Henderson

Location

Spain's longest river, the mighty Ebro, discharges into the Mediterranean Sea in the North Eastern corner of Spain, approximately 200 kilometers to the south of Barcelona. The villa where you will stay is based in a countryside location, close to the coastal resort of L'Ampolla, on the northern side of the delta. This position acts as a perfect base from which to explore the delta whilst offering easy access to the resort amenities of L'Ampolla.

The sheer variety of different environments within the Ebro Delta is the key to why it attracts such a diversity of bird life. The natural landscape is comprised of saltmarshes, sand dunes, coastal lagoons, riverside woodland, and beaches, creating a mecca for both resident breeders and migratory transients alike.

The fertile, sedimentary deposits of the Ebro have created a unique location suited to the cultivation of rice, which has been grown here since 1860. Today, over 45 million kilograms are produced annually in a cultivated area of over 22,000 hectares. Fourteen different varieties of rice are produced by a cooperative comprising about 2000 members.

Due to its international importance as an area of biodiversity, 320 square kilometers of the delta was declared a natural park by the Catalonian government in 1983. Over 300 different species of birds have been observed in the area. The autumn and winter periods are regarded as the best time of the year for bird watching holidays, in order to see an abundance of species that seek refuge in the delta during the colder months.

Distances

  • L'Ampolla - five minutes

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Patio

Services

  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with daily breakfast which will be tailored to your requirements and preferences. For an additional fee, you can also get optional packed lunches for birding tours.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Barcelona day trip
  • Morella day trip
  • Penedes / Cava wine tasting
  • Priorat and Montsant wine tasting
  • Tarragona Roman ruins

What's included

  • 4 different bird watching tours of the Ebro delta and surrounding area (three by car, one by boat)
  • Professional native English speaker guide
  • Airport transfers from Reus Air Base (REU) or Barcelona International Airport (BCN)
  • Breakfast tailored to clients' preference
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Binoculars or spotting scopes
  • Drinks (honesty bar at accommodation with reasonably priced alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages)
  • Evening meals (self catering facilities available including barbeque at accommodation or full range of restaurants a short taxi ride away, in L'Ampolla)
  • Insect repellent, sun cream, sun hat
  • Lunches (optional packed lunches available to take on tours, or lunches can be taken in local restaurants at very reasonable prices)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Barcelona International Airport (BCN) or Reus Air Base (REU). Transfers from and to these airports are included. Ebro Delta Birding will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Barcelona–El Prat Airport Airport transfer included: Barcelona–El Prat Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Reus Airport Airport transfer included: Reus Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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