5 independent reviews for Birdwatching vacation in Andalucia, Spain

Reviews for Birdwatching vacation in Andalucia, Spain

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review 17 Dec 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

This trip is a birdwatchers paradise with hundreds of different species and the thrill of spotting scarce and exotic birds. But it also has more to offer the nature lover. It introduces you to the real Andalucia away from the usual tourist destinations to experience the natural beauty of this area, the way of life of the people in its towns and villages, and the wonderful food of the area. It is a foodie as well as birdwatchers paradise, particularly for lovers of seafood.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Pack clothing layers for cool as well as warmer and wetter conditions as the weather can change quickly due to Atlantic influences. Also take the best pair of binoculars you can afford.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It definitely benefits the local economy and local people directly. We ate only in local establishments owned by locals using locally sourced ingredients. The seafood in Isla Cristina could hardly have been fresher with simple restaurants serving delicious fare on the quayside directly opposite the fishing port. The environmental footprint is also kept to a minimum with tour guides who are conservationist professionals with a real empathy for the national parks and beautiful natural habitats visited on this trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An excellent trip, great for unwinding yet packed with activity and group participation. The accommodation for the week is in locally owned fully serviced apartments and is comfortable, private and very well positioned directly overlooking the estuary and salt marshes.

review 6 Oct 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

We enjoyed the various habitats and environments and had a very amenable and flexible guide who went out of her way to ensure we had the best possible experience.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

If you just want to concentrate on finding as many birds as possible or specific birds, this is perhaps not for you. If you want an introduction to the birds, environment and culture of Andalusia it us ideal.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All of the above.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent. We learnt a lot and had a great time with a our guide and fellow travelers.

review 21 Jun 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The whole week was excellent but the birdwatching in the Donana national park particularly so. Raptors, flamingos, beeaters, herons and more in a single day.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

A big plus for this vacation is you get Spanish guides who know the local birdwatching places and make a real superhuman effort for you to see the incredible variety of Spring birdlife in Southern Spain.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The company is a Spanish adventure business, employing people who know for example, where the best locally-owned eating places for lunch are each day. And not a McDonalds in site. The self catering apartments owned by the company are also very good, with a well-stocked fridge when you arrive, to help you along

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

First Class. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

review 20 May 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I will always remember the beauty of flamingoes, avocets and stilts close up, and seeing a hoopoe for the first time. The great part about this vacation was learning to identify so many birds in different habitats in springtime Andalusia with the expert assistance of our guide Sergio. He knew so much about the birds, but also about the local environment, animal tracks, local environment and land use history, culture and current issues. We stayed in a lovely quiet apartment stocked with basic food. It looked out on the water in Isla Cristina. On this trip we went to places we could not have reached by ourselves.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The operator provided all the necessary information, good binoculars, access to bird guides and telescope, and van for travel. The list of what to bring covered everything needed.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Local people benefited as we used local restaurants and bars daily during the vacation. The vacation supported conservation by spreading knowledge about local threatened species and habitats, and through visits to Interpretation centres in La Donana and in Portugal.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An excellent week, and great addition to more usual tourist activities in Spain and Portugal.

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks a lot Libby and Ross!! It was also a pleasure for us to be birding during a week in west Andalusia and Portugal. Anytime you come back to the area you are welcome. All the best

review 3 Mar 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The most memorable thing during this vacation was our easy-going, friendly and very competent guide Sergio. He guided us through different landscapes and could always find us interesting spots with lots of birds and he could also tell us interesting things of what else we were seeing around us.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Grab it! You shall no regret!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I feel that we benefited local people by using their services.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very good!

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