Wildlife in Andalucia
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A beautiful 5 days travelling round seeing some of the highlights of what Andalucia has offer and there really is plenty to see!! It is so diverse, so forget the idea that Spain has only beaches and sun and add into the mix, national parks, beautiful wildlife, mountains and great walks, historical towns and citys, great food, amazing wines, music and dance.....and of course beaches and sun!!
I flew from London to Jerez de la Frontera via Madrid on Iberia (although my advice would be to take a cheap airline direct), then transferred down by bus to Tarifa. This area is quite unique as it marks the meeting of the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea, and only a few miles away from North Africa. This area also has two prevailing winds, which causes the natural flight path of millions of migratory birds so a haven for the bird watchers and at sea level it is a haven for the windsurfers and kite surfers.
I have always had a love for the Mediterranean sea, but the coastline west of Tarifa known as Costa De la Luz is absolutely stunning. Its much wilder but beautiful sandy beaches meeting the Atlantic Ocean, giving views of North Africa on a clear day. I then continued west towards Cadiz, a city almost surrounded by water and one that can claim to be the oldest City in Europe dating back to the Phoenicians in 1100bc. The old town is full of narrow alley ways with any small squares packed full of vibrant market places.
Continuing further west up the coastline and you will arrive at the Donana National Park which offers an array of wildlife, with the wetlands in the winter months offering a home to flocks of Pink Flamingo, the very rare Imperial Eagle in the mountains and the even rarer Spanish Lynx taking safety in the forests of the park. An area of natural beauty.
At the end of the tour I headed back into Jerez, which is a city that has two main claims. Firstly it is the capital of sherry production and secondly it is home of the Real Escuela Andaluza de Arte Ecuestre, school of equestrian.
This circuit covers a small amount of Anadalucia, but a real taste of what can be found. If you like this you may find more interesting information at http://www.addictedtotravel.com/holidays/travel-regions/andalusia-holidays# . I hope you enjoy this part of the world as much as I did.