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The Cantabrian Mountains, Asturias, Spain

Wildlife Conservation – The Cantabrians

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

£1,895pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Couples Adventure Traveller Solo Traveller Photographers

This trip will take you to the wild heart of Spain; the most extensive, unspoilt and intact forest eco-system in western Europe. You will spend your time exploring several natural areas including Riaño, Picos de Europa, Somiedo and Cangas del Narcea with professional guides from Fundación Oso Pardo.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

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Impactful Wildlife

Explore the Cantabrian Mountains with expert conservationists in search of Iberian wolf packs, Cantabrian chamois, wild boar and brown bears.

Cantabria Coast, The Basque Country, Spain 2

Coastal Highlights

Explore the Cantabrian coast – this hidden gem of Spain offers great surfing, fantastic seafood and many delightful coastal villages to discover.

Spanish Tapas, The Basque Country, Spain 3

Culinary Adventures

Take a tour of the region’s best secret local lunch spots and enjoy a special dinner party at the two Michelin star Casa Marcial, hosted by Nacho Manzano himself.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain 4

Cultural Experiences

Extend the trip for a day or two and discover the wonderful city of Bilbao – the famous Guggenheim museum awaits.

Why we like it

The Cantabrian range is a rich mixture of rugged terrain and extensive forests and is the best-preserved habitat in Spain for Iberian lynx, brown bears and wild cats. Relatively unexplored, the Cantabrians are a spectacular backdrop for some of Europe’s most charismatic carnivores. Encounters with Spain’s endangered carnivores are by no means guaranteed but by trekking in the mountains with researchers from Fundación Oso Pardo, you’ll be sure to have the best chances of seeing Cantabria’s megafauna. This trip is not for those who want wildlife experiences delivered on a plate but is for anybody with a love of wild, remote places and the wildlife that lives there.

This itinerary is best carried out at the end of the summer when the temperature is pleasant, the days are sunny, and the light conditions are perfect for observation and photography.

 

 

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Bilbao - Riano

  • Day 2 - 3

    Wolf Watching

  • Day 4

    Transfer to Villablino

  • Day 5-6

    Bear Watching

  • Day 7

    Transfer to Bilbao

Day 1

Bilbao - Riano

Arrival into Bilbao (or Santander) and transfer to Riano.

Day 2 - 3

Wolf Watching

Morning and evening excursions around 5 hours each. The wolf observation includes 4×4 transport car, professional guide service and optic equipment.

Day 4

Transfer to Villablino

Transfer to Villablino. Evening Brown bear observation excursion.

Day 5-6

Bear Watching

Morning and evening excursions, around 5 hours each ( 7:00am -12:00am, and 18:00pm to 22:00pm). The bear observation service includes, professional guide service and optic equipment.

Day 7

Transfer to Bilbao

Transfer back to Bilbao to catch your flight home or stay for a few extra days exploring the city.

Now for the details

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Cantabrian Mountains, Spain
The Cantabrian Mountains, Asturias, Spain
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The Cantabrian Mountains, Asturias, Spain
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Bears, The Cantabrian Mountains, Spain
The Cantabrian Mountains, Spain

Saving Spain's Brown Bear

Fundación Oso Pardo was founded in 1992 with the aim of contributing to the study and conservation of the endangered brown bear in Spain, its habitat and the cultural surroundings in which this endangered species lives. The Foundation consists of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and experts in biodiversity conservation, environmental educators, communicators and rangers. The team has been integral to the protection and restoration of the brown bear population and its habitat in Asturias. Its work includes the conservation and restoration of high-interest habitats, monitoring the bear population, research, the fight against poaching, training and environmental education and the prevention of conflicts between bears and humans.

 

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Wild Cat, Spain
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The Basque Country, Spain

What to Expect when visiting Fundación Oso Pardo

Early mornings and evenings are spent exploring hidden valleys and traversing remote tracks by 4×4 and on foot, looking out for the incredible array of wild nature.

When travelling to this area a £500 donation will be made to Fundación Oso Pardo to support their work. Funds go towards programmes including conservation and restoration of high-interest habitats and monitoring of the bear population to prevent conflict between bears and humans.

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When to travel

Spain in January

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in February

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in March

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in April

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in May

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in June

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in July

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in August

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in September

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in October

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in November

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

Spain in December

Feeling the effects of both the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather systems, Spain has a remarkably varied climate. The north is generally wetter and cooler and is renowned for its verdant landscapes. On the other hand, central Spain experiences a typical continental climate, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The south and the Mediterranean coast stay fairly pleasant throughout the winter and get only a sprinkling of rain. But summers are marked by their fierce heat and endless cloudless days. Andalucia’s climate is particularly dry, with summer temperatures reaching 40°C.

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