• Encounter a stunning array of birdlife, from wintering ducks and geese to birds of prey
• Explore the landscape that inspired Miró and Dalí, taking in the latter’s home and museum in Port Lligat
• Soak up the local festive atmosphere, including the opportunity to attend Midnight Mass at the beautiful cathedral of Santa Maria d’Urgell
conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant
Depart London Heathrow 1115 on British Airways, arriving Barcelona 1420. Transfer to Cadaqués for four nights at Hotel Mas Palou Roses.
Whole day excursion to Aiguamolls Natural Park (wintering ducks and geese, black winged stilts, Cetti’s warblers, white stork nests, Camargue horses and flamingos).
Morning: local walks near hotel, tracks through the olive groves, introduction to Mediterranean ecology. Afternoon: explore Cadaqués (buildings associated with the artists of the 1920s), walk via Hermitage of Sant Sebastià to Port Lligat (Dalí’s home and museum).
Morning: excursion to the heart of Cap de Creus Natural Park (exploring geology and ecology along coastal paths with possible sightings of black redstart, Sardinian warbler and Iberian wall lizard). Afternoon: Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery, a 9th and 12th century restored monastery where the bones of St Peter are said to have been hidden in a cave.
Christmas Eve Depart for La Seu d’Urgell via Dalí Theatre-Museum at Figueres. Three nights at Parador de la Seu d’Urgell. Optional midnight service at Santa Maria d’Urgell.
Christmas Day Morning: Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, Ansovell (remote village at 1338m, 12th century Romanesque wooden church). Afternoon: return via mountain village of Arsèguel (Romanesque church). Optional visit to Parc del Segre (Cirl bunting, tree sparrow, black redstart, vultures and birds of prey).
Whole day excursion to Alt Pirineu Natural Park: forest and mountain pasture walk from village of Ars. Birds to spot include snowfinch, firecrest, bearded vulture and birds of prey. Afternoon: walk through lower oak and beech woods with cliff views.
Depart Barcelona 1415, arriving Heathrow 1540.
20 Dec — 27 Dec 2019
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Cost of £2295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches (three packed), dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £235.