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Reserves and Wildlife
Spain is a large country both in geographical size, as well as in personality and flavour. This picturesque country is bursting with passion, tradition, culture, and a charismatic people devoted to living ‘the good life’. Spain has the whole package; scenic beaches, idyllic countryside, epic mountain ranges, ancient pilgrim trails and modern cities. It’s a place of pure indulgence; eat dishes passed down generations, sample hand-crafted wines from all over the country, dance the night away at fiestas and festivals, and take in some of Europe’s finest art and architecture in the impressive major cities. When you’re finished indulging in culture, food and wine, be sure to check out some of Spain’s breathtaking national parks.
Sierra Nevada is Spain’s largest national park, stretching over 850 square kilometers from Granada to the gorgeous valleys of the Alpujarras. This large park has more than 20 peaks of over 3000 meters, making it a spectacular destination for hikers. For those who love birding safaris, Sierra Nevada is home to some incredible bird life including the golden eagle, peregrine falcon, griffon vulture and kestrel. Other wildlife in the park includes the Spanish ibex, Mediterranean pine vole, wild cat, fox and genet. As well as hiking a variety of other exciting activities can be enjoyed in this park including mountain biking, horse-riding and skiing.
A paradise for bird watchers, beautiful Monfragüe National Park in the west of Spain is home to thousands of birds of prey including the world’s largest colony of black vultures as well as imperial eagle, griffon vulture and peregrine falcon. The best place in Europe to see Iberian wolves is Sierra de la Culebra, a mountain chain along the Spanish-Portuguese border in northwest Spain with rolling hills, forested slopes and pretty villages. Also in northern Spain, Picos de Europa National Park is home to large mammals such as the Cantabrian brown bear, Iberian wolf, chamois and numerous birds including golden eagle, Egyptian vultures and black woodpecker.
Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park is Catalonia’s only national park. This exquisite park boasts over 200 pristine lakes fed by thundering waterfalls, which pass through beautiful pine valleys, surrounded by peaks as high as 3000 meters. The park makes for incredible vistas and photographic opportunities. Wildlife in the area includes the golden eagle, Pyrenean chamois and small antelope. Enjoy a wide variety of hiking safaris in these parts, from easy scenic strolls to spot wildlife and take photographs, to challenging multi-day treks into the mountains. Cross-country skiing is also an exciting option in the winter months.
Parc Nacional de Cabrera is the only national park in Mallorca, and extends around the Cabrera archipelago, made up of 18 exquisite karst islands. This archipelago is teeming with beautiful fauna and flora. Bird lovers can spot Eleonora hawks and coral gulls circling the air along the coast. The island itself is home to incredible Balearic lizards and various adders found nowhere else on earth. If you’re lucky, you might spot groups of bottlenose dolphins frolicking off the coast, as well as the fascinating loggerhead turtle, which is native to certain beaches. Activities in the area include boating, swimming, bird watching, hiking and nature walks.
- Jun-Aug – High Season. Warm, dry, sunny weather; humid along the coast. Accommodation busy, prices increase. Low season is some inland areas.
- Mar-May, Sep-Oct – Shoulder Season. Mild, clear weather. Fewer crowds, a good time to travel. Prices increase during local festivals. Less hikers on the trails although the weather can be unpredictable.
- Nov-Feb – Low Season. Rain in north and northwest; cold in central parts; mild along the Mediterranean and in Andalucia. Prices decrease along the coast, many hotels are closed in beach areas.
- Capital – Madrid
- Currency – Euro
- Language – Spanish
- Size – 505,990 km2 (195,360 sq mi)
- Population – 46.94 million (2019)
- No vaccinations are necessary for Spain. Check with your doctor that all your routine vaccinations are up-to-date.
- Tap water is generally safe to drink in Spain, although there are exceptions including Ibiza.
- Diverse landscapes and scenic beauty
- Fantastic hiking destinations
- Incredible food and drink
- Fascinating history, culture and art
- Wildlife watching opportunities
- Very good birding
- High season can get very busy in popular areas and beach resorts
- Not a traditional safari destination
Arriving in Spain
- Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is the international airport in Madrid with metro, trains, buses and taxis running to the city centre. El Prat Airport in Barcelona has trains, buses and taxis to the centre.
- Spain has one of Europe’s best public transport systems with a highly efficient train service, extensive domestic flights, well maintained road network and buses connecting every corner of the country.
- Passports are always required except for citizens of the European Union, Switzerland or countries that are members of the European Economic Area. In these cases, citizens can travel with a valid identity card (except for minors, who must have a parental permit).
- Visas are generally required for all other tourists, except when an international agreement signed with Spain, or another country from the Schengen area indicates otherwise.
- The general visa for tourists is a short-stay visa valid for 90 days. They are issued by the Spanish embassies or consulates in the country of origin. Visas issued by any member of the Schengen Area are also valid.
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