Northern Doñana

the top birding tour of Doñana

Marbled Duck
8-9 hours

Huelva and Seville

Trip through the marshland in the north of the National Park of Doñana between the provinces of Huelva and Seville.

Birds & Photos
Day out in one of Europe’s major wetlands

The best places to watch birds in Doñana are in the surroundings of the National Park. We get to the northern Doñana area by driving past farms, paddy fields and marshlands in the delta of the river Guadalquivir. There is a long way to Valverde’s Bird Centre by unmetalled roads but it is worth it, especially in the wet season. Then we go to the “Dehesa de Abajo” near the rice fields where several species of waterfowl can be spotted, including Marbled and White-headed Ducks.

Northern Doñana is a paradise for birders and we have designed the best guided tour possible to get an extensive bird list and we have the possibility to focus on special species.

Possible birds for the checklist:

Residents: Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Cattle Egret, Night Heron, Flamingo, Squacco Heron, Red-crested Pochard, Hoopoe, Red-knobbed Coot, Stone Curlew, Spanish Sparrow, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse. You may also catch a glimpse of the rare Spanish Imperial Eagle, White-headed Duck, Marbled Duck and Bittern.

Winter Birds: Greylag Goose, Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Great Egret, Osprey, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Crane, Black-tailed Godwit, Black Stork.

Summer Birds: Short-toed Lark, Purple Heron, Bee-eater, Little Bittern, Gull-billed Tern, Short-toed Eagle, Black Tern, Collared Pratincole, Roller, Isabelline Warbler, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin.

Migrants: Garganey, Temminck´s Stint, Winchat, Redstart, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper.

Introduced: Common Waxbill, Yellow-crowned Bishop, Black-headed Weaver, Red Avadavat.


  • We cover areas of public access of both National and Natural Parks that keep the highest concentrations of birds, driving and walking through the best birding spots.
  • Through this tour we do not access the restricted area of the National Park.
  • For open-group tours, we need a minimum of 4 people to go as we do not have daily departures but try to put different bookings together. In case we do not reach the minimum to go, you can choose whether to pay the difference to do a private tour or cancel to be fully refunded.
  • Either private or open-group bookings are not automatically accepted. Your payment via credit/debit card is held by your bank until we confirm our availability and accept your booking. In case of refund, you will get your payment back within 7 working days.
Route locations

We go through the area above the National Park of Doñana in between the provinces of Huelva and Seville in the west of Andalucia. Dehesa de Abajo Nature Reserve is located 30 minutes to the south-west of Seville City and one hour from Huelva City. The visit to Valverde’s Bird Centre involves a long journey on dirt roads that are exceptional for birding though.

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. Normally we will spend between 8 and 9 hours although it take us 10 hours sometimes.


Private trip

1 to 3 people 250 Euro.

4 or more people 70 Euro per person.

Open-group trip

70 Euro per person.


We do not run daily departures and need a minimum of 4 people to go. In case we do not reach the minimum, you can choose whether to pay the difference to do a private tour or cancel for a full refund.


All year round although the area might be too dry in the summer as well as in periods of drought.

Please mind it can be extremely hot in the summer and very cold in the winter.


All our guides speak fluent English and the tour can be done in French, Portuguese or Catalan on demand.

Checklist available in different languages.


Pickup can be arranged from any accommodation or any meeting point within the provinces of 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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