Without a doubt, Tarifa is one of Spain’s most beautiful regions. Here, some of the country’s best coastal scenery is set against the backdrop of the mountains of Cadiz. Add to that an extensive Mediterranean forest with its huge cork trees, a long and fascinating history, and a rich gastronomy, and the region has something to offer to just about everyone.
As if that weren’t enough, this is also undeniably one of the best places to watch birds in Europe. The variety of habitats in a relatively small space, the amount of protected areas, and above all the fact that it is in the center of one of the most important bird migration routes, makes a visit to Tarifa a must for all bird lovers.
On any given day during migration, it’s possible to see a great number of raptors: thousands of Black Kites, sometimes dozens of thousands in one single day, …. Not to mention the high diversity of resident birds: Egyptian Vulture, Montagu’s Harrier, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Little Bustard, Little Swift, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, among many others.
If you find yourself near Tarifa and the Strait of Gibraltar, local Whitehawk guides Fernando and Yeray can take you on an excursion to some of the best places to observe and photograph birds. Because they live in the region, they are privy to which sites are best on any particular day, any season of the year. A scope and field guides will be available during the excursions.