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HOSTAL ALMANZORRecommended by Lonely Birder
Hostel Almanzor is located on the north side of the Sierra de Gredos in Avila, central Spain, at an altitude of 1560m asl. and 180 km from Madrid. This is agreat option for seeing some of the Iberian montane species like Rock Bunting, Bluethroat, Common Crossbill, Ortolan Bunting and European Pied Flycatcher (of the distinctive central Iberian subspecies iberiae). It is surrounded by more than 10,000m2, of pine forest, with private parking, gardens and terraces with spectacular views of the snowy peaks. The hostel has 26 rooms, 16 of which enjoy views of the Sierra de Gredos. Two of them even have a “spy glass” for photographing the birds visiting the hide beneath them. The hostel offers the opportunity to use three hides. One has been up and running well for three years and is completely free for guests staying at the hostel. Regular visitors include Rock Sparrow, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Crossbill, Eurasian Nuthatch, several species of tits, and Black and Red Kites. It is accessed through the main corridor to the rooms, so you can enter and leave it at any time without disturbing the birds. Another two hides, which are newly built, and dedicated to insects, amphibians and vultures. Regarding the food, there is […]
CASA RURAL LAS CANTERASRecommended by Lonely Birder
Atop a small hill in the heart of the Trujillo- Santa Marta de Magasca plains (Extremadura, SW Spain) is Casa Rural Las Canteras, sits this old farmhouse of the late 19th century, fully restored and perfectly refurbished. From here you can see some of the most emblematic species of the area: Great and Little Bustards, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Eurasian Black Vulture or even Spanish Imperial Eagle among many others. Its strategic location, just 12km from Trujillo, makes it an ideal base for exploring some of the best birding sites in Extremadura such as Monfragüe National Park, Llanos de Caceres, Llanos de Belén, etc. The house has nine double rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom and views of the surrounding fields. They also have central heating. Opposite the house there is a covered porch from which you can eat and bird all at once. The picturesque White Stork colony on the property offers excellent opportunities for birders with more photographic concerns. The rooms are spacious and comfortable but one of the strengths of Las Canteras is undoubtedly the kitchen, run by Pilar, Paco’s mother. Traditional recipes from Extremadura use local, high-quality ingredients to ensure guests feel […]
JUNGLE LORE BIRDING LODGERecommended by Lonely Birder
Jungle Lore Birding Lodge is India’s first and foremost birding lodge and has been key to birding success in this region of the Himalayas foothills. Owned by Asian Adventures, one of the most veteran ecotourism companies in the country. It is undoubtedly the best place to stay in the area. The famous Corbett National Park is situated 80 kilometers from Pangot. The entire drive is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, the main habitats for excellent birding. The forests of Pangot and surrounding areas are dominated by thick Oak, Pine and Rhododendron. The streams passing by the area makes it even more attractive place. The district of Nainital covers the tropical, sub-tropical, temperate, sub-alpine and alpine zones. The terai & bhabar belt presents the climate of the plains while the deep valleys with elevation upto 1000 Mts. play host to varied types of animal , birds, trees typical of hills as well as plains. Jungle Lore Birding Lodge has 5 cottages with attached toilets with running hot and cold water. One of the cottages is a living room that serves as a common dining hall giving travelers a chance to meet other […]
Gerber is a small rural town located 6 km. Ainsa, in the Sobrarbe in the province of Huesca, where you will find the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, the Natural Park of Posets-Maladeta and Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park, the best sites Pyrenees for birding highlighting species like Wallcreeper, osprey, ptarmigan and gray partridge, black woodpecker, etc. It is a rural accommodation room rental. Has 6 large bedrooms, 3 of which have double beds, the rest have twin beds. It also offers a single room. All rooms are fully equipped with bathroom and offer superb views of the Peña Montañesa, the people of Gerbe, or Mediano Reservoir. The owner is an ornithologist and offers several guided downloadable pdf from the web paths. The views are spectacular from the trough passerine birds can be observed from a variety of raptors. They are serving breakfast and dinner. They are preparing hides for observing small passerines. Criteria Casa Gerbe fulfills ESSENTIALS ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
LA PEDRA REMENÇARecommended by Lonely Birder
This is a small country house, ideal for small groups or families or also for a single traveller keen to get away from it all in a very special natural area (Girona, NE Spain). All necessities are taken care of: detail and décor are very well tended indeed. In summer you have the use of a salt-based swimming pool and you can breakfast on the terrace, enjoying spectacular views. In winter you can relax by the fire with a good book. The house has two double rooms bookable for a minimum of two nights each, and in summer are booked as week-long stays only.
O CHARDINET D’A FORMIGARecommended by Lonely Birder
It is a typical, well-preserved Pyrenean stone farmhouse with rustic, well kept interiors. It has 5 bedrooms, 4 of which are located at the top of the house. All rooms have exterior views. The maximum capacity is for 12 people. Prices range from 68€ for a double room 2 nights minimum and 73€ for a double room for 1 night. Breakfast and dinner (with local and/or organic products) are served on a balcony with lovely views of the valley from which you can see the bird feeders in the garden and species like Red Kites, Griffon, Egyptian and sometimes even Bearded Vultures flying around.
MIRADOR DE BABIARecommended by Lonely Birder
Located near the Babia Special Protection Area and the Babia y Luna Natural Park, this is one of the first green building houses in León. There are two independent houses and they organize fauna observation activities.
BARBANCHO APARTMENTSRecommended by Helios Dalmau & Lonely Birder
Located in Casar de Cáceres, near the city of Cáceres, this establishment is at the doorstep of the los Llanos de Cáceres y Sierrra de Fuentes Special Protection Area and just a few minutes away from the Sierra de San Pedro. These apartments are reasonably priced and ideal for birders who are looking for a spacious lodging equipped for cooking, wash, etc. The price is 60€ per night however the apartments have room for 4, so the price in the end could be just 15€ per person per night. If you stay for more than a week, there is a considerable discount. The owners welcome their guests with a basket of local products and can provide you with information on the area and suggestions for excursions. They also offer services such as fishing, hiking, birdwatcing, a pool, horseback riding, padel tennis and tennis. The proximity to Cáceres with its important urban special protection area (large colonies of lesser kestral, stork, etc.) makes this establishment a practical choice for their better price and easy parking. Criteria Apartamentos Barbancho fulfills ESSENTIALS ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
APARTAMENTOS CASA VILLACAMPARecommended by Silvia Fernández
Located in the southeast of La Sierra and Cañones de Guara Natural Park, this lodging is the result of a recent family initiative which led them to remodel and convert the family home into rural apartments. Due to their interest in birding tourism, they have upgraded the apartments in order to improve the birdwatcher’s stay. It is a good choice both for couples as well as groups or families since it has capacity for up to 8 people. All the facilities are new to guarantee maximum comfort and allow you to feel at home. The apartment kitchens are stocked with dishes, silverware, appliances and generous space. Breakfast is the only food service offered at this lodging. The views from the terraces of the Somontano are spectacular and a great place to observe a good list of birds. The star bird of the area is the bearded vulture which occasionaly flies over the nearby Sevil Sierra, as well as other large raptors such as golden eagle, Egyptian vulture, red kite, griffon vulture, etc. Criteria Los Apartamentos Casa Villacampa fulfills ESSENTIALS ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
CAMPING CASTELL MONTGRÍRecommended by Lonely Birder
Located at the gates of the Montgrí, Illes Medes i Baix Ter Natural Park. From the campground you can see some of the Bonelli’s eagles, peregrine falcons or Eurasian eagle-owls that breed on the cliffs of the Montgrí. The Ter Vell, a small wetland near the town of Estartit, is just 10 min. away where you will be able to find interesting species in the winter like bitterns, otter and others. This is a good base to use if you want to explore other protected areas in the Baix Empordà such as the rice fields of Pals and the Illes Medes. The campground facilities are open from May through September and have a capacity for 5000 people. This is a great option for birders that travel with families since the facilities are within an enclosed area and offer educational activities for children like the farm-garden school, nest box building and other animal educational activities. This is one of only two campgrounds with the Lonely Birder Approved hallmark (the other is camping Castell Mar) and it has 5 feathers. Criteria El Camping Castell Montgrí fulfills ESSENTIALS ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
HOSTAL CASA CLARARecommended by Lonely Birder
The Hostal Casa Clara is located in the center of the Alt Empordà region which is the only one in Catalunya that has three natural parks within such a large territory. It is found in the Aiguamolls de l’Emprdà Natural Park (PNAE) which is one of the best places of the Catalunya humid zones where you have a good chance of seeing bittern, great snipe, aquatic warbler, red-footed falcon, red-throated pipit or the 3 crakes (little crake, spotted crake, Baillon’s crake) in the right season, just to name a few. The Albera Natural Park is found close by as well as the Cap de Creus Natural Park where the eastern Pyrenees plunge into the Mediterranean Sea, a great vantage point for sea birds. A recent reintroduction of lesser kestrel at the Castelló Town Hall gives you the chance to observe these small urban raptors from the inn’s terrace. Marga and Anna are both veteran hardworkers from Aiguamolls who now run the accommodation located in the Castelló d’Empúries old town. Details such as their naturalist library, the information they provide on where to do the best local birding, the birding guide they gift to guests who stay various nights at the […]
HOTEL LA CASA DEL RÍORecommended by Silvia Fernández Estrada, Juan Carlos Albero & Lonely Birder
This hotel is located in the Benasque Valley near the Posets Maladeta Natural Park and has 8 comfortable rooms. There are bird feeders in the garden and they also offer guiding and photography services.
CASA BOLETASRecommended by Juan carlos Albero & Lonely Birder
Located in the small and quiet heart of rural Loporzano, right at the entrance to La Sierra y los Cañones de Guara Natural Park. This is a sancturay for bearded vultures and one of the best spots to see wallcreepers in the winter among many other Mediterranean mountain species. When you reach the door of this veteran bed and breakfast, which happens to be adorned with a wallcreeper posing as a door knocker, you can observe from the start the passion that the owners, Josele and Esther, have for birds. Inside the house, practically everything references both local and worldwide ornithology: from an extensive specialised library to all different types of photographs, paintings and posters decorating the walls. In the cozy and cool sitting room you can enjoy a book in the comfortable armchairs under the wide stone arches, or warmed by the fire in the winter. All the meals are homemade by Esther who goes to great lengths to cook Mediterranean dishes using seasonal products. The menu can be modified for vegetarian and vegan restrictions with previous notice. Very good quality/price value with a different daily menu. For lunch they can prepare a packed lunch with two sandwiches (one […]
RIO ALISORecommended by Javier Gil
Located on the outside of the Picos de Europa Natural Park, however very near the best coastal areas such as San Vicente de la Barquera in Cantabria, Tina Mayor, Ribadesella and Villaviciosa in Asturias. The house is built in traditional Asturian-style architecture divided into two independent flats with capacity for 4-6 people that is rented exclusively. It is fully equipped with appliances and has a rustic decoration. The views from the house are spectacular and you may even get the chance to see the release of one of the bearded vultures from the local species reintroducción program. The garden is visited by bullfinches, great spotted woodpeckers, robins, long-tailed tits and many other birds. In the nearby oakwoods you can see middle spotted woodpecker and wallcreepers on the cliffs. Prices range between 60€ and 85€ depending on the season. Extra beds are free of charge. The owners are experienced naturalists and offer guiding services. Criteria Río Aliso fulfills ESSENTIALS ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
CASA RURAL ARKAMO ATEARecommended by Lonely Birder
This country B&B is located in the Arkamo Mountains near the Valderejo Natural Park and the Montes Obarenes Natural Park. It is a large house with all the comforts you’ll need. The owners are birders and do bird ringing.
MAS DEL JONCARRecommended by Lonely Birder
This country house is located in the Aiguamolls del Empordà Natural Park which is an exceptional place for birding and isn’t that far from Cap de Creus, el Montgrí i Les Illes Medes. The house has 5 rooms that are rented separately. Two of the rooms have a terrace with access to a large garden.
LAGUNA DEL VILLARDON HOTEL RURALRecommended by Antonio Sandoval Rey & Lonely Birder
Country hotel located in the Villafáfila area which is a great place to explore the lagoon and the steppe areas. It has five rooms.
HUERTA GRANDERecommended by Lonely Birder
Andalusia, Spain: next to the Alcornocales Natural Park and the Strait of Gibraltar. An ideal base for birding the area, lying between ideal points for viewing raptor and other soaring bird migration on spring and autumn. By looking skyward at these times you will be rewarded with views of scores of Black Kite, Booted Eagle and Short-toed Snake-eagle among others. Ideally situated between two natural parks (Alcornocales and Estrecho), the surrounding finca is spectacular and offers many interesting observations at a stone´s-throw. The humid microclimate allows plants and trees to flourish, particularly the really tall Bay trees that are remanants of the Atlantic Laurel Forest that once covered the area. The most biodiversity is to be found in the streams that cross the property. It’s easy to see Firecrest, Iberian Chiffchaff, Crested Tit, Jay and others here, as well as many raptors at migration time.A pair of Tawny Owl are resident in the woods between the cabins and are easily seen. The wooden cabins are separated from each other by the peripheral fence of the property, offering peace and quiet. They house between 2 and 4 persons. There are also 3 houses with 6 – 12 places that have a sense of […]
EL RECUERDORecommended by Lonely Birder
Located in Pago de San Clemente, near Trujillo, it is an ideal and strategic crossroad for birding. Within a radius of less than 45 min. you’ll find well-known locations such as the Bélen Plains, the Vegas del Guadiana rice fields and wetlands (the Sierra Brava Reservoir, Casa de Hito, etc.). The Monfragüe National Park is located a mere 45 min. away. This former winery offers the travelling birdwatcher the possibility to relax in an inviting, pleasant retreat. The accommodation’s 5 feathers aren’t just for show. The owners, Claudia and Martin Kelsey, are both genuine bird lovers, something that is evident in every corner of the house with numerous little homely details that make any birdwatchers stay agreeable: they take care of the swallow’s nests that chose El Recuerdo as their nesting spot and they also maintain the thistles in the garden so that the hawfinch families have food aplenty. Martin is also an expert birding guide. They have an extensive naturalist library available for the guest’s perusal in a cozy lounge with a fireplace. In addition to the guest book where you will find information and observations of previous guests, they also have a blackboard where they write down the […]
POSADA MOLINO DEL CANTOStablishment recomended by Lonely Birder
Located in the Las Hoces del Alto Ebro and Rudrón Natural Park and near the Ebro Reservoir, this lodging has 6 duplex rooms with a private living room and bathroom. The owner is a nature guide and an expert on the surrounding birdlife.
CASA SARASAEstablishment recommended by Lonely Birder
This country B&B is located near the Valles Occidentales Natural Park in the Huesca pre-Pyrenees. The house can be rented exclusively or by rooms.
EL RINCON DEL CIERZORecommended by Lonely Birder
This country hotel with 10 rooms is located near Belchite and the El Planerón Bird Reserve which is one of the best areas to observe steppe birds in Spain like Dupont’s lark.
HOTEL RURAL USONRecommended by Lonely Birder
Located in the Valle de Hecho in Aragon Pyrenees. This is a prime location to base yourself while searching for high montane specialists like Bearded Vulture, wallcreeper, Alpine Chough and many more. In the beechwoods there are Black Woodpecker and other typical Pyrenean woodland species. This charming rural hotel is owned and run by Imanol and Lucia and has been awarded a Lonely Birder Approved 4 feather rating, obtaining 87 points on our list of criteria. The location is unbeatable: there are several trails nearby where you can search for emblematic Pyrenean species. From the garden you have fantastic views of the rocky escarpments which crown the Hecho valley and which you can scan for Griffon Vulture and Bearded Vulture. In the dining room there is a small but interesting library that you can browse after a busy day. 80% of the htel’s energy comes from renewable sources. Imanol is a mountain guide and knows well the breeding areas of Wallcreeper, one of the star species to be seen here. 8 bedrooms, 3 apartments for 2/ 4 people and an apartment nearby with one single room. Without frills, but comfortable and all you need for an excellent few days in […]
CAMPING CASTELL MARRecommended by Lonely Birder
Strategically located within the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park, less than 15 minutes from the Cap de Creus Natural Park and 30 minutes from the Massís de l’Albera Natural Park. Right next to the campground there is a small colony of stilts. At the beach there are Kentish plover nests and less than ten minutes away at the Tec and Pericos Lagoons you can find bitterns, flamingos, anatidae, waders and different surprises during migration season. This is one of only two campgrounds with the Lonely Birder Approved hallmark (the other is camping Castell Montgrí) thanks to the director, Jordi Sargatal who is one of the main people responsible for the fact that the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park hasn’t become a memory buried beneath tons of concrete and asphalt. Little by little this campground has integrated itself into the surrounding nature, bringing the fauna to its visitors through nest boxes, ponds, bird feeders, etc. The employees of this veteran campground are so dedicated to the cause that they guarantee mud for the house martins that breed in the area and refuse to aggressively prune the mulberry bushes that shade the plots to ensure that they provide fruit for the birds. […]
CASA RURAL LA PARRILLARecommended by Lonely Birder
Nestled in the heart of the Monfragüe National Park, this authentic country house has been restored and converted into a rural inn that offers a unique opportunity to get to know an area of the park that is closed to the public. It is located in the eastern part of the park with highlights such as the Salto del Corzo among the many others found in the 1600 ha. It fulfillls almost all of the criteria, adding up to a total of 116 points, which grants it the 5 feather category. In fact, the only criterion it’s missing is access to internet although there is 3G coverage and they are in the midst of arranging wi-fi in the near future. It is a wonderful option for moderate budgets that prioritize tranquility and being able to enjoy the Monfragüe wildlife from the moment you wake up, and it’s not an exaggeration. From the bedroom windows you can see the cliffs where a good selection of the park’s raptors breed. There is a wide variety of hides for photographing birds in different habitats like bird baths, carrion feeders, bird photos of perched birds, ponds, rivers, etc. The meals try to include as […]
ALLUCANTRecommended by Lonely Birder
The accommodation is located next to the Gallocanta Lagoon, on the outskirts of town. The lagoon hosts the largest concentration of migrating cranes on their flight over the Iberian Peninsula as well as waders and other long-legged birds. In the surrounding areas, you can see steppe birds such as great bustards, black-bellied sangrouse and Dupont’s lark. With 20 years of experience, this accommodation started out as a simple lodge for crane birdwatchers. A few years later they added on to the existing structure to accommodate more than 50 people in double rooms. The owners’ dedication and commitment has converted this place into something more than just a rural inn. With 113 points and 5 feathers it’s almost impossible to find criteria that the Allucant doesn’t meet. The library is very extensive, the walls are filled with bird paintings and photographs, they sell souvenirs, the views of the lagoon from the accommodation are spectacular, the environment is excellent and Javi, the owner, is a pro birder. In addition, the Allucant sets the stage for many diverse workshops ranging from solar cooking to celebrations of sexual and gender diversity to painting and sculpture lessons, scientific bird ringing, etc. Their role in the […]
EL BALCON DE ALANGERecommended by Lonely Birder
Located in the Sierras Centrales y Embalse de Alange Special Protection Area, just 15 km. from Mérida. Country B&B with views of the Alange Reservoir as well as a pleasent and comfortable atmosphere. Located next to the Balneario de Alange (Alange Spa dating back to Roman times) which is a World Heritage Site.