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Iberian lynx in profile at dusk, Spain

Lynx Tracking in Andalucia

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Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

£2,795pp (ex. flights)

This in-depth seven-day itinerary allows for a greater understanding of the Iberian lynx and those working tirelessly to protect it. The biggest thrill of this holiday is the opportunity to uncover little known pockets of rural Southern Spain – its wildlife, food and culture.

With birds, bison, wild boar and red deer to be spotted, this exploration of Spain’s dehesa offers fabulous natural and cultural experiences. A donation to CBD – Habitat is included in the price of the trip. This is not an off-the-shelf itinerary. It has been carefully curated by the wildlife travel team at Steppes in conjunction with wildlife and conservation experts at The European Nature Trust. The itinerary can easily be changed to meet with your individual needs while still keeping the essential ingredients of privileged access and insight into the work of The European Nature Trust.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Iberian lynx close up of face, Spain 1

Endangered Lynx

Guided safaris for optimum encounters with lynx in their wild habitat.

Fresh market, Spain 2

Artisan Food Wonders

Feast on local honey, golden olive oils and famous Iberian hams.

View through gardens towards Ubeda Cathedral, ndalucia, Spain 3

Architectural Gems

Explore the streets of Ubeda with its wealth of Renaissance palaces and churches.

Golden Eagle perched on tree, Spain 4

Birds Big and Small

Spot birds from vultures to woodpeckers and Golden eagles to Iberian blue magpie.

Making a Positive Impact

This trip offers unique experiences that connect people to nature and raise funds for the protection of the Andalucian lynx and its wilderness. This itinerary demonstrates the perfect synergy of tourism and conservation working hand-in-hand. A donation to the local lynx project is included in the cost of travel to support the conservation work. This includes the restoration of habitats, monitoring populations, anti-poaching initiatives and the mitigation of wildlife-human conflict. 100% of all donations are given directly to the conservation project.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Malaga to Sierra de Andujar

  • Day 2

    Sierra de Andujar

  • Day 3

    Sierra de Andujar to Ubeda

  • Days 4

    Ubeda

  • Day 5

    Ubeda to Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Nature Reserve

  • Day 6

    Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas

  • Day 7

    Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas to Malaga

Day 1

Malaga to Sierra de Andujar

Arrival at Malaga airport and transfer approximately 3 hours to El Encinarejo private estate in Sierra de Andujar.

Day 2

Sierra de Andujar

Explore the farm with your guides, in search of the elusive lynx and other wildlife.

Day 3

Sierra de Andujar to Ubeda

Transfer to the World Heritage town of Ubeda. Visit an organic olive oil farm for tasting and sampling of a range of local food products. Later, take time to wander the streets of Ubeda old town.

Days 4

Ubeda

Today will be spent exploring the Sierra Magina Natural Park.

Day 5

Ubeda to Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Nature Reserve

Transfer to Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Nature Reserve. Visit Cerrada del Utrero Canyon, and Linarejos Waterfalls before hiking a trail that skirts alongside the rim of the gorge, keeping any eye out for griffon vultures. Continue to El Chorro, a viewpoint with spectacular views across the region.

Day 6

Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas

Travel through extensive pine forests and impressive limestone rock faces to explore the high plateau in search of the lammergeier, also known as the bearded vulture.

Day 7

Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas to Malaga

Travel back to Malaga for your onward flights. Time allowing, stop to observe waterfowl from the hides at Laguna Grande.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Iberian lynx on a rock, Spain
Iberian lynx

Iberian Lynx Conservation

CBD – Habitat works tirelessly to protect the Iberian lynx and its habitats. Their aims are to foster a respect and understanding of the environment, working in partnership with local landowners to avoid lynx and human conflict. These efforts have seen the lynx grow from the 100 found in 2001 to the current 500 individuals believed to inhabit the region today.

Cazorla Segura and Las Villas Natural Park, view of gorge with river, Andalucia, Spain
Cazorla Segura and Las Villas Nature Reserve

Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Nature Reserve

Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas is Spain’s largest Nature Reserve and offers some of the best wilderness landscapes in the whole Iberian Peninsula. An endless chain of mountains is carved into wide valleys through which the river Guadalquivir flows and waterfalls tumble.
Home to a breeding colony of griffon vultures and lammergeier or bearded vulture, few tourists visit these extensive pine forests and impressive limestone rock faces giving a sense of space and remoteness, perfect for peaceful wildlife exploration.

Red deer standing against backdrop of foliage, Spain
Red deer

Expert Guides

Expert nature guides will be on hand to ensure the best possible wildlife sightings. Our partners are native to this part of Spain and have an intimate knowledge of the region plus an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time. While staying in Sierra de Andujar a guide from local charity CBD will also accompany Steppes clients for a lynx Safari.

Iberian lynx in sunlight, Spain
Iberian lynx

Accommodation

Stay in charming boutique hotels, offering a genuine sense of place, local hospitality and great food. While in Sierra de Andujar time will be spent on a private farm which is working to sustain lynx habitats. This country property lies within one of the largest lynx populations and also has 17 European bison roaming free on the farm, as part of a project to “rewild” the region.

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A note on price

The below price is based on 2 people travelling and includes a donation to TENT’s conservation projects in the region. Some meals are included.

This Itinerary
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From £2,795 Per person

When to travel

The prime time to see lynx is from late October until early May, however from December to May is the best time for travel throughout Southern Spain. From February onward temperatures begin to increase and the female lynx have kittens making viewings very challenging.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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