• Wander over rolling plains and through cork and holm oak dehesas in one of the most untouched areas of Spain
• Highlights include the Parque Natural de Monfragüe, perhaps the finest raptor-watching site in Europe
• Stay first in historic Cáceres and then in a traditional family-run finca set deep within forests of cork oak and steppe grassland
conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant
Depart Heathrow 0915 on Iberia, arriving Madrid 1240. Transfer by coach to Cáceres for three nights at NH Collection Cáceres Palacio de Oquendo.
Morning walks in the llanos (plains) and steppe landscape around Cáceres (great bustards, Montagu’s harriers, calandra larks) with visit to roller nesting area followed by time in Cáceres (World Heritage site with huge colonies of swifts, storks and lesser kestrels). Afternoon: historical walking tour of Cáceres. Free evening.
Whole day excursion to Parque Natural de Monfragüe (birds of prey such as golden and Spanish imperial eagles, owls, black storks and griffon, Egyptian and black vultures). Walk through rare Mediterranean woodland to Monfragüe Castle, and Peña Falcon Rock (vulture and raptor nesting areas).
Travel via Los Barruecos (huge granite boulders, nesting white storks) and Museo Vostell Malpartida (modern art museum housed in an 18th century water mill) to Navas del Madroño for four nights at Finca el Vaqueril. Evening lakeside walk amongst granite boulders, with Visigothic rock-cut graves.
Walk (5 miles) through cork oak woods and plains (hoopoes, bee-eaters, bustards, thekla and calandra larks, birds of prey) to Brozas. Evening lecture: Dehesa Ecology.
Historical town of Alcántara in Tagus Valley (giant Roman bridge over gorge), walk beside Tagus River (former border between Spain and Portugal, now national park): nightingales, crag martins, raptors.
Walk (5 miles) through finca estate with picnic lunch. Afternoon: informal walking tour of the estate with the owner to learn about cork production and famous free-roaming black Iberian pigs. Evening: barbeque (including local liquors).
Transfer to Madrid for 1550 flight, arriving Heathrow 1715.
8 May — 15 May 2019
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What makes this tour special...
"Kevin Hand's knowledge and enthusiasm. The unique venue of the finca."
ACE Customer May 16
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
A good level of fitness will be required for this tour, as it will involve walks of up to approximately 5 miles at a time, and sometimes over rugged terrain. Most of the walking will be on level or slightly hilly ground, but please note that day 3 involves a steeper walk.
Cost of £1745 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four lunches (some packed), six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £235.