Archidona

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

Mountains, woods, lakes and rivers together

cabecera archidona

Protection status:

  • Lagunas de Archidona: Nature Reserve, Ramsar Wetland
  • Sierra de Camarolos: Site of Community Importance (ES6170012)

Archidona is the largest village northeast of Malaga province. It is surrounded to the south by the Sierra de Camarolos with 1.600 m high peaks, house of the Golden Eagle, Choughs and Griffon Vultures. Nice woods of Andalucian Oaks and maples extend at the foothills where some typical birds like Cirl Buntings and Common Crossbills are present all year round.

There is a fantastic Mediterranean Holm Oak forest near the village, home of Azure-winged Magpies, Goshawks, Dartford Warblers and Firecrests, and also the breeding quarters of Booted And Short-toed eagles, Western Bonelli’s Warblers and Hoopoes. This forest grows around two little lakes called Lagunas de Archidona, hosting Great-crested and Little Grebes, Coots and any surprise during the passage periods.

Two streams, the upper reaches of the Guadalhorce River and the Arroyo Marin, have sculpted their own gorges through the mountains. The higher ridges are dominated by Bonelli’s Eagles, while the fresh riverbank woodlands are inhabited by woodpeckers, Hawfinches, Nightingales and even Rock Sparrows and Pigeons, Black Wheatears and Blue Rock Thrushes in the rocky walls of the gorges.

Trip duration: Half day (Hoz de Marin and Garganta del Guadalhorce) or Full day (Foothills of Sierra de Camarolos, Lagunas de Archidona, Hoz de Marin and Garganta del Guadalhorce)

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Possible species (not exhaustive):

All year:Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cooki), Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), Blackbird (Turdus merula), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata), Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus), Coal Tit (Periparus ater), Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), Coot (Fulica atra), Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra), Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Crested Lark (Galerida cristata), Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus), Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), Gadwall (Anas strepera), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), Great Tit (Parus major), Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis), Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus), Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), Hoopoe (Upupa epops), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Iberian Grey Shrike (Lanius meridionalis), Jay (Garrulus glandarius), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Linnet (Carduelis cannabina), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Little Owl (Athene noctua), Long-eared Owl (Asio otus), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus), Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Raven (Corvus corax), Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia), Rock Dove (Columba livia), Rock Sparrow (Petronia petronia)Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Serinus serinus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla), Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba), Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus), Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), Zitting cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

Summer:Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata), Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus), House Martin (Delichon urbicum), Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta), Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans), Swift (Apus apus), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Western Bonelli’s Warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli), Western Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis), Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)

Winter:Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Pochard (Aythya ferina), Siskin (Carduelis spinus), Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos), Teal (Anas crecca)

On passage:Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana), Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Wigeon (Anas penelope), 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):

Legend: MÁL. = Málaga; TOR. = Torremolinos; BEN. = Benalmádena; FUE. = Fuengirola; MIJ. = Mijas Costa; MAR. = Marbella; EST. = Estepona; ANT. = Antequera

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

HALF DAY (Hoz de Marin + Garganta del Guadalhorce)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 145€
Antequera 135€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point (*)
Málaga 100€
Antequera 115€
(*) Plus 10€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

FULL DAY (Foothills of Sierra de Camarolos + Lagunas de Archidona + Hoz de Marin + Garganta del Guadalhorce)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 195€
Torremolinos 210€
Benalmádena 220€
Fuengirola 230€
Mijas Costa 240€
Marbella 260€
Estepona 290€
Nerja 250€
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)

FULL DAY (Hoz del Marín + El Torcal)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 200€
Torremolinos 210€
Benalmádena 225€
Fuengirola 235€
Mijas Costa 245€
Marbella 260€
Estepona 285€
Nerja 245€
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)

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

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