Coto Donana and Extremadura II


APRIL 19TH - 27TH 2023

What a fantastic combination, this exciting birdwatching tour joins together two of Spain's top birding areas.

This 8 - night, 9 - day Tour incorporates many of the best sites in these two prolific regions giving you the opportunity to witness a variety of wildlife not seen in many other regions of Europe. You will stay in Coto Donana for the first stage and then transfer to Extremadura for the latter four nights.

In Extremadura we stay just north of Trujillo which is a central position from where you will discover the delights of this unique area. Extremadura has vast areas of open grassland steppe surrounded by a ring of mountains and provides perfect habitat for many endangered European species such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle, Great and Little Bustards, Black-bellied and Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. We may also encounter the Great Spotted Cuckoo, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Roller, Golden Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Black Vulture, Black Stork and many larks, finches, pipits and buntings.

In complete contrast Coto Donana is one of Europes largest wetland areas and sits on the coast in Andalucia. A huge mosiac of open water, reedbeds and stone-pine forest provides excellent habitat for thousands of breeding herons, egrets, ibis and waders. You may see hundreds of Greater Flamingos, Eurasian Spoonbills, Grey, Purple, Squacco and Night Herons, along with Cattle, Little and Great White Egrets. With the added bonus of the chance of getting good views of Purple Swamphen, Red-knobbed Coot, Marbled Duck, Whiskered Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Collared Pratincole and the enigmatic Iberian Magpie.

Itinerary in brief:

  • Day 1 - Transfer from Madrid to Extremadura
  • Day 2 - Belen Plain, Casares - Trujillo steppe, Santa Marta de Magasca, Rio Almonte
  • Day 3 - Full day at Monfrague National Park,
  • Day 4 - Visits to Zorita, Madrigalejo Rice Fields then  La Moheda Alto Reservoir.
  • Day 5 - transfer to Coto Donana with plenty of stops along the way
  • Day 6 - birding at the visitors centres of Achebuche, La Rocina, El Rocio and several other local site
  • Day 7 - all day visit to the 'Northern Marshes' to see the hidden Donana, Coredor de Verde, Dehesa Abajo, Jose Valverde Centre
  • Day 8 - Huelva, Marismas O'Diel, El Portil and Castillo Niebla
  • Day 9 - Transfer to Malaga Airport  for departure flights

What's included:

  • Eights nights half board accommodation
  • All land transport
  • Services of the guide
  • All entrance fees/tolls
  • Checklist of species

What's not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Telephone calls, all items of a personal nature


You have to arrange your own flights but we can help you with your selection. You should aim to arrive in Madrid as early as you can on day 1 and book return flights from Malaga around late-afternoon or early evening on the day of departure. We can arrange overnight accomodation near Madrid and or Malaga Airports if you cannot find suitable flights. Please contact us before booking anything!

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Latest Trip Reports

  • Coto Donana & Extremadura 2019 : Sunday, April 14, 2019 - Monday, April 22, 2019

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  • Coto Donana & Extremadura April 2018 : Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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