Tarifa and La Janda

the migration tour of Tarifa & La Janda

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Northern Bald Ibis
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Various
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12 hours
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Spain
Andalucia

Cadiz

Tarifa & La Janda, in the Gibraltar Strait area, offer top birding opportunities all year round apart of the spectacular raptor migration.

Where Europe greets Africa
The trip that no birder should miss

The Strait of Gibraltar is the shortest point between Europe and Africa and favourite cross for millions of migratory birds every year. In the Tarifa area, we also find spots of international importance for birds such as La Janda, Los Alcornocales Natural Park and Barbate Marshes that make birding here a supreme experience.

Possible birds for the checklist:

Residents: Northern Bald & Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Little & Cattle Egret, Flamingo, Squacco Heron, Hoopoe, Griffon Vulture, Bonelli’s Eagle, Black-winged Kite, Purple Swamp-hen. You may also catch a glimpse of the rare Spanish Imperial Eagle and Bittern.

Winter Birds: Red Kite, Black Stork, Crane, Shoveler, Great Egret, Osprey, Black-tailed Godwit.

Summer Birds: Egyptian Vulture, Savi’s Warbler, Purple Heron, Bee-eater, Little Bitern, Gull-billed Tern, Turtle Dove, Booted & Short-toed Eagles, Subalpine Warbler.

Migrants: Sedge Warbler, Garganey, Temminck´s Stint, Spotted Redshank, Whinchat, Wood Sandpiper.

Route locations

In the most Southern point of continental Europe we can admire an impressive natural spectacle: the bird migration. In our day in Tarifa, we visit the most convenient watchpoints to enjoy the birds crossing the Strait in the morning and look for resident raptors and other water birds in La Janda in the afternoon.

Duration time

The duration of the trip depends on the meeting point, the numbers of birds that come across and the interest in the special species.

From Huelva or Seville the trip involves a long journey and takes us around 12 hours. For those staying in Cadiz, we have our local guides based in the area for an 8-hour trip.

Price

Private trip

1 to 3 people 290 Euro.

4 or more people 75 Euro per person.

Open-group trip

75 Euro per person.

Calendar

All year round although it might be too hot in the summer. The strong winds may condition the bird migration and the normal course of the visit as well.

Specially recommendable during the pre-breeding migration (March-May) or the post-breeding (August-October).

Multilingual

We can offer this tour in English and Spanish although we have checklists available in different languages.

Logistics

Pickup can be arranged from any accommodation or any meeting point within the provinces of Cadiz, Huelva and Seville. For long distances, a fuel fee might be charged.

We use vehicles according to the group size. Usually a 9-seater minibus for up to 8 customers although larger groups can be taken in small coaches and buses.

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