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Iberian lynx, brown spotted cat sat on rock looking towards camera.

Lynx Tracking in Andalucia

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Duration

8 Days

Prices Start from

$3,879pp (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Couples Adventure Traveller Photographers

Spend eight days exploring southern Spain in search of the stunning Iberian lynx, the world’s rarest cat. With expert guides, lectures and observation sessions included, be part of the lynx’s recovery process. Walk amongst the rolling dehesa of Extremadura and explore the cultural heartlands of Andalucía.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

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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.

Ancient arabic fortress of Alhambra, Granada, Spain 3

Architectural Gems

Wander the peaceful streets of Zafra and take a private tour of the Alhambra Palace.

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Birds Big and Small

Spot birds from vultures to kingfishers and bonellis eagles to azure winged magpies.

Why we like it

This in-depth itinerary allows for a greater understanding of the Iberian lynx and those working tirelessly to protect it. With time given to explore Granada, however the biggest thrill of this holiday is the opportunity to uncover little known pockets of rural Spain – its wildlife, food and culture. With birds, otters, 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 careful 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.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Seville - Zafra

  • Day 2

    Zafra

  • Day 3

    Zafra - Sierra Morena

  • Days 4 & 5

    Sierra Morena

  • Day 6

    Sierra Morena - Granada

  • Day 7

    Granada

  • Day 8

    Granada

Day 1

Seville - Zafra

Iberian lynx, spotted brown and black cat walking along rocks.

Arrive into Seville and drive to Zafra. Evening presentation by CBD Habitat with drinks and dinner.

Day 2

Zafra

Rear view of large brown eagle sat atop foliage looking left.

After breakfast set off with CBD in search of the Iberian lynx. Following lunch explore the authentic town of Zafra. Late afternoon look for the many regional raptors including the Spanish Imperial eagle. Local dinner with wine and olive oil tasting.

Day 3

Zafra - Sierra Morena

Tree silhouetted against light orange sky.

Up for sunrise for a final morning with CBD Habitat. As the morning warms up giant cinereous vultures may be spotted overhead. After breakfast drive to Andalucia with lunch en route. Late this afternoon arrive in the heart of Sierra Morena for sunset drinks after a tour of the stunning finca, your home for the next three nights and its extensive grounds.

Days 4 & 5

Sierra Morena

Close up of long snout of mother wild boar face with spotted piglets alongside.

Two days based in the Sierra Morena. Wake with the chorus of red legged partridge and little owls for your first wildlife walk, where there is the opportunity to observe bison, deer, wild boar and of course the lynx. After a local lunch travel up to the Virgen de la Cabeza, a Marian apparition and statue of the Madonna and Child. Spend a relaxed afternoon before an evening reserve drive followed by dinner at the Finca.

Day 6

Sierra Morena - Granada

Bearded vulture in flight towards camera - black body and wings, orange and white head.

Bid farewell to the land of the Iberian lynx and head to the ancient city of Granada via Cazorla Natural Park, home to magnificent bearded vulture. Spend the evening in Granada.

Day 7

Granada

ornate arabic door in alhambra, Spain

Embark on a morning private tour of the Alhambra Palace before lunch and a free afternoon to explore the city.

Day 8

Granada

Depart Granada for your onward journey.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Iberian lynx sat amidst rocks looking intently towards camera.
Iberian lynx by Luke Massey

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.

Yellow rolling hillside with green trees.
Dehesa landscapes by Luke Massey

Sierra Morena Mountains

You will spend three days in search of the lynx among the rolling hills of the Sierra Morena. This range stretches for more of 400 kilometres across southern Spain, creating a natural barrier between Extremadura and Andalucía. Few tourists visit these pine and oak clad hills giving a sense of space and remoteness, perfect for peaceful wildlife exploration.

Silhouette of red deer stood against white sky between two silhouetted trees.
Red deer by Luke Massey

Expert Guides

Expert nature guides will be on hand to ensure the best possible wildlife sightings. Our partners have an intimate knowledge of this region and an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time. When available, guests will be joined by Luke Massey, an award-winning wildlife photographer and cameraman, described by Chris Packham as “an exceptional young man”. Together with his photography work Luke is an established nature guide.

Side profile of Iberian lynx head and shoulders - brown spotted cat with tufted ears and beard.
Spain

Accommodation

Stay in charming boutique hotels, offering a genuine sense of place, local hospitality and great food. While in Sierra Morena time will be spent on a private reserve where the family are working to sustain lynx habitats. This country property lies within one of the largest lynx populations.

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A note on price

The below price is based on a group of six people travelling to Andalucia. Contact our team for an individual quote.

This Itinerary
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From $3,879 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?

These may be uncertain times but they are, without a doubt, still full of opportunity to discover the extraordinary safely. Through knowledge and expertise, we can connect you to those destinations embracing travellers with the added confidence of flexible booking and decades of insight.

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