Malaga

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Luis Alberto Rodríguez - Birding guide

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BIRD WATCHING IS OUR PASSION.
We want to share it with you

 

The inland surroundings of the Costa del Sol (Malaga, Andalucia, Spain) host wonderful places for the enjoyment of nature and birds.

Rivers, lakes, Mediterranean forests and mountains show a great variety of species all over the year. Many others can be seen during their spring and autumn migration.

Our mild weather makes going out to the country side a pleasant experience at any time of year. Our people's hopitality and high quality accommodation will make you feel so comfortable at the end of the tours.

Enjoy your birding holidays with us!

BIRDAYTRIP is registered in the Andalusian Registry of Tourism with number AT/MA/00164 and OCC/MA/00002 as an Environmental Tourism company for the organization of Birdwatching Trips.

 

Our friends´ comments:

"Málaga's very own Urban Birder"
David Lindo (The Urban Birder), Bird Watching Magazine

"It was a special trip and I'll always remember it."
Ed Fitzgerald

"...once again, you suceeded to owe us. Hope our paths will cross again sometime."
Els & Willem Vreeken

"We hired a guide, but we got a birding friend!"
Hans Kunstman

"When people ask us about highlights of our trip, we tell them all about birding with you."
Karen & William Gurstelle

"Thank you very much for such a good day of birdwatching! Thanks to you we enjoyed excellent views of many attractive species, including some we had not seen for a long time..."
Edward & Mandy Mayer

"Many thanks for looking after us today. All four of us felt that today was the highlight of our holiday here."
David Boydell

"The highlights are too many to mention but seeing so many firsts meant that our expectations of the day were exceeded."
Trish & John Porter

"These birding trips have transformed my very good stay in Malaga to amazing because I have seen so many beautiful wild places and because they are inspiring me to start bird watching again."
Elaine Wallace

"You are a wonderful leader... very knowledgeable, skilled, and charming as well!!"
Kathy Bissett

"...thanks for a fantastic day with you and the birds... We will be happy to recommend you as a guide for our friends when they go to Spain."
Lena Bergquist & Orvar Homann

"Thank you so much for the great day of birding... I will gladly pass your name on to any birders traveling to Spain."
Kenna Sue Trickey

"It was great experience for us and we appreciated your knowledge and explanations."
John Vanweerd

Birding and lodging (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Southern Spain)

Design your own Birdwatching Holidays abroad!

 

Malaga and its Costa del Sol is a well known global tourist destination.

With an easy access through our international airport, visitors can enjoy high quality accommodation, gastronomy and a wide cultural offer in ancient cities like Malaga or Antequera or just the country side.

Please, consult our Package Tours or design your own birdwatching holidays yourself by selecting your birding trips from "One Day Trips" section and then choosing your accommodation.

In this section, we suggest lodging ranging from hotels to villas, in the city or the country side, from which to discover our unknown and diverse Nature and wildlife.

Please, check our availability before booking flights!!!

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 Click here for Taxi transfer from Malaga Airport

 

HOTELS & HOSTELS

hotel molina lario Hotel Humaina Hotel Convento La MagdalenaHotel Antequera

BOARDING HOUSES

Cortijo del Sacristan Los Chaparros

VILLAS

Cortijo Rosas Cantares

Birds of Malaga city (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain)

Birds and culture

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David Lindo Malaga May 2015

 

Aug 13th, 2017: Malaga, among the six cities that are unexpected havens for birdwatching (David Lindo, The Telegraph)

Jan 7th, 2016: The New York Times includes Malaga in the list of must-visit destinations in 2016

Malaga is a very old town. Romans, Muslims and Christians made their mark along the centuries.

The Romans left a tribute to culture with a theatre promoted by Caesar Augustus in 1st century B.C. Black Wheatears and Blue Rock Thrushes are common visitors to its old stone stands.

During the 10th century, the Muslims built a palatial fortress (La Alcazaba) and a castle (Gibralfaro) on top of the highest hill of the city. They are nowadays surrounded by gardens at the lower end, and a pine tree forest at the top. Finches, including Common Crossbills, tits and flycatchers will be good company on our way up to the view points to the harbour and the bay. The Tawny Owls use to hoot at night.

urban birding in malagaThe construction of the Cathedral took more than two centuries after the city was conquered to the Muslims at the end of the 15th century and it is still an unfinished building as one of its towers is incomplete. The Cathedral owes its local appellative, La Manquita (The Little One-handed) to this fact. Peregrine Falcons are the kings of the tower, with Kestrels, Yellow-legged Gulls, Spotless Starlings and pigeons living at lower levels.

The Paseo del Parque, a wonderful local and subtropical plants garden, was grown on lands reclaimed from the sea for the expansion of the harbour by the end of the 19th century. It hosts warblers, treecreepers, Robins and the typical parakeets. Scops Owls hoot at torrid summer nights.

Apart from its value as a birdwatching place, Malaga city is a very good base for your birding holidays around this region.

Trip duration: Half day (Malaga city) or Full day (Malaga city + Mouth of the Guadalhorce or Malaga city + Montes de Malaga)

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Possible species (not exhaustive):

All year: Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), Blackbird (Turdus merula), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti), Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Coal Tit (Periparus ater), Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus), Feral Pigeon (Columba livia domesticus), Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Great Tit (Parus major), Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus), Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Raven (Corvus corax), Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Serinus serinus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla), Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), Tawny Owl (Strix aluco), Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus), Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)

Summer: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Delichon urbicum), Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Scops Owl (Otus scops), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Swift (Apus apus), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

Winter: Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

On passage: Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

Price includes:

  • English speaking birding guides.
  • Transport (optional).
  • Binoculars, telescope and bird books in English.
  • Trip accident insurance.

The trip departure time is chosen by you.

The routes are flexible: we will go where the birds are.
We can watch birds till sunset (in Full day trips).

Meals are not included in the price. We can bring a picnic bag with us or stop in a restaurant en route.
Please, wear appropriate shoes and clothing according to the season, and remember: the countryside is colder than the beach!

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TRIP PRICE (€ VAT included):

For more than one trip, please, consult our special offers in “Tours” section!

HALF DAY (Malaga city)


MEETING POINT AT THE CATHEDRAL: 60€ for a 1 or 2 persons group plus 10€ per tripper in excess of 2 (for groups up to 8 persons).

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Torremolinos 120€
Benalmádena 135€
Fuengirola 140€
Mijas Costa 150€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point (*)
Torremolinos 110€
Benalmádena 115€
Fuengirola 120€
Mijas Costa 125€
(*) Plus 10€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

FULL DAY (Malaga city + Mouth of river Guadalhorce)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 170€
Torremolinos 175€
Benalmádena 190€
Fuengirola 195€
Mijas Costa 210€
Marbella 225€
Estepona 255€
Nerja 225€
Antequera 195€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point
Málaga 145€
Torremolinos 155€
Benalmádena 160€
Fuengirola 165€
Mijas Costa 170€
Marbella 180€
Estepona 195€
Nerja 175€
Antequera 155€
(*) Plus 15€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

FULL DAY (Malaga city + Montes de Malaga)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 180€
Torremolinos 195€
Benalmádena 210€
Fuengirola 215€
Mijas Costa 225€
Marbella 245€
Estepona 275€
Nerja 235€
Antequera 200€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point
Málaga 145€
Torremolinos 155€
Benalmádena 160€
Fuengirola 165€
Mijas Costa 170€
Marbella 180€
Estepona 195€
Nerja 175€
Antequera 155€
(*) Plus 15€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

For groups over 4 persons on Birdaytrip's vehicle, other meeting points or tailor made trips, please, send your query.

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Malaga city

Prices for trips with meeting point in MALAGA CITY:

Decide how many trips you want to make, and find their prices in the appropriate column.

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE

Prices per group (€ VAT included) for groups up to 4 persons.

F = Full Day trips; H = Half Day trips

1 Trip 2 Trips 3 Trips 4 Trips 5 Trips
Birding Big Day  F 210 205 200 195 190
Mouth of the Guadalhorce & Malaga city  F 170 160 150 140 130
Mouth & Valley of the Guadalhorce  F 175 165 155 145 135
Mouth of the Guadalhorce & Montes de Malaga  F 165 155 145 135 125
Montes de Malaga & Malaga city  F 180 170 160 150 140
El Chorro & Valley of the Guadalhorce  F 180 170 160 150 140
El Torcal & Hoz de Marín  F 200 190 180 170 160
El Torcal & Fuente Piedra  F 200 190 180 170 160
Fields of Archidona  F 195 185 175 165 155
Fuente Piedra & Campillos  F 195 185 175 165 155
Osuna & La Lantejuela (Sevilla)  F 230 225 220 215 210
Strait of Gibraltar (Cadiz)  F 250 245 240 235 230
Strait of Gibraltar & La Janda (Cadiz) F 265 260 255 250 245
Sierra de Andujar (Jaen) F 280 275 270 265 260
Doñana Natural Park (Sevilla) F 290 285 280 275 270
Mouth of the Guadalhorce H 110 105 100 95 90
Valley of the Guadalhorce H 130 125 120 115 110
Montes de Malaga H 125 120 115 110 105
El Chorro H 135 130 125 120 115
El Torcal H 130 125 120 115 110
Hoz de Marin & Guadalhorce Gorge H 145 140 135 130 125

Please, consult prices for groups from 5 to 8 persons on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE

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Trips on CLIENT’s VEHICLE

Prices per group (€ VAT included)

F = Full Day trips; H = Half Day trips

1 Trip 2 Trips 3 Trips 4 Trips 5 Trips
FULL DAY TRIPS  145  135 125 120 110
 Plus per tripper in excess of 4  15  14  13  12  11
HALF DAY TRIPS  100 95 90 85 80
 Plus per tripper in excess of 4  10  9  8  7  6

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One day trips from the Costa del Sol (Malaga, Andalucia, Spain)

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The autumn bird migration will start at the end of August!

All birders coming to Malaga and the Costa del Sol have the opportunity to witness a truly spectacle of Nature... Book your trip now!

Click here for more information!

 

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Download our “Birding Tours from Malaga Harbour” brochure for cruise ship passengers.

Same prices aply until jun 2018.

 

 

 

If you are interested in any particular species or birding place, let us know and we will design a special itinerary for you.

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Our birding tours include:

  • English speaking birdwatching guides.
  • Transport (optional).
  • Binoculars, telescope and bird books in English available.
  • Trip accident insurance.

The trip departure time is chosen by you.

The routes are flexible: we will go where the birds are.
We can birdwatch till sunset (in Full day trips).

Meals are not included in the price. We can bring a pic-nic bag with us or stop in a restaurant en route.
Please, wear appropriate shoes and clothing according to the season, and remember: the countryside is colder than the coast!

Please, access our TOURS menu for a PRICE DISCOUNT scheme for more than one trip.

Jul/Aug Special Offer!!!
20%
discount on "Early Morning Trips" (half day) to:
 
Mouth of the Guadalhorce
 
Valley of the Guadalhorce
 
Montes de Malaga

Our tours

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