This is a small roadside shop near the entrance to the Keoladeo NP (Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India) and next to the Kadamb Kunj Hotel. They have a few books on wildlife such as a guide to the birds of India, Rajasthan birds and an Indian Mammals guide. They sell t-shirts with motifs of Keoladeo, tigers, etc. as well as crafts and ecological clothes, fleeces, hats, etc. Prices are really cheap.
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Girona, Catalonia: situated in Sant Pere Pescador, one of the main districts in the Aiguamolls de l’Emporda Natural Park. Market-based ingredients in season from the local area. The menu is a mix of original dishes and lifelong recipes: salads, tapas and traditional fare, meat, fish, pasta (especially recommended is “Pacheri”) and some well-known rice-based dishes. There is also a good wine list. Don’t forget to try the bread with olives and tomato. They can also prepare bocadillos (baguettes) to go. There is no menu as such, what’s on offer varies according to season. The quality/price ratio is good and so is the service, although you should bear in mind waiting times may be longer if the place is packed.
Recommended by Marti Franch
Lleida, Catalan Pyrenees: situated in the small town of Alinyá in the heart of the Mount d’Alinyá protected area. Next to Boumort, site of the Black Vulture Pyrenean re-introduction programme. This is one of the only areas where it’s easy to see all four species of breeding vulture. Right next to the church in Alinyá there is the Mountain vistor centre with an agroshop selling fresh local produce (preserved meats, honey, potatoes, lamb, dairy products, jams as well as basketry) and there is an exhibition of the sights of the valley. You can buy all kinds of bid souvenirs, especially vulture-themed, from T-shirts to soft toys and ther is a range of books.
Recommended by Aleix Millet and Lonely Birder
Mallorca, Baleares.: Rooms at varying prices according to number of people. There are three different rooms available for 1-6 people for 1,450€ per week (working out at 242€ per person per week). Although calling in advance you can book, for example, prices for two couples. This is a typical Mallorcan property at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana and surrounded by olive, almond and pine groves. Well located for access by main road or by public transport. There is also easy access to the MA-13 Palma- Inca- Alcudia- Pollença motorway and the old Inc MA-13a national road to Inca. The house is in a good birding location: you can enjoy views of Red Kite and Booted Eagle here. You can also connect quickly with many of the main birding sites of the island like Sa Comuna de Bunyola- 20 minutes away by car, as well as Es Blanquer and the Albufuera National Park which are half an hour away.
Recommended by Lupe Suárez
A bar specialidising in breakfasts that include migas extremeñas (breadcrumbs with red pepper and chorizo in lard). Not open afternoons, except Sundays. In town you can see lots of Lesser Kestrel, and in the surrounding vineyards there are Rufous Scrub-robin ad Black-eared Wheatear among other species.
Recommended by Lonely Birder
A small, basic hostel right in front of the port of Santander where you can watch gulls, alcids and Purple Sandpiper from your bedroom window
Recommended by Mariano Martinez Lopez