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Wildlife walks in the Picos de Europa, northern Spain

Daily natural history excursions in search of birds, butterflies, wildflowers, etc.

Marsh Fritillary - Euphydryas aurinia © Teresa FarinoMarsh Fritillary
Euphydryas aurinia
© Teresa Farino

Join Teresa Farino - a British naturalist who has been living in the Picos de Europa since 1986 - to explore the natural wonders of these mountains for a day. Teresa is the author of the popular Sunflower guide Landscapes of the Picos de Europa, OUP's Travellers' Nature Guide: Spain and the lavishly illustrated Wild Spain, published in 2009 by New Holland Press.

The Picos de Europa National Park and surrounding area is home to more than 1,500 species of vascular plant (including around 50 orchids), over 70 mammals, 176 species of bird (120 of which breed), 15 amphibians, 19 reptiles and an incredible 154 different species of butterfly; truly a naturalist's paradise! Whether your main interest is birdwatching or botany, entomology or photography, or even just strolling through spectacular landscapes and picturesque villages, Teresa can help you to get the most from your stay in the Picos de Europa.

Here are a few ideas:

or tell Teresa what you want to see, and she'll arrange a special itinerary.

"We had an absolutely fantastic holiday in the Picos and our trip with you was a highlight. The scenery alone was spectacular enough but the insight and expertise that you shared with us made the experience very special. Your knowledge and love for your subject(s) was obvious…. We certainly hope to return to the Picos very soon."

Martin & Tracy R.   September 2013
A delightful find! - Picos de Europa. © Teresa FarinoA delightful find!© Teresa Farino

Wildlife walks in the Picos de Europa,
northern Spain

Leader: Teresa Farino

Price: the cost of a day's excursion, which hasn't increased since 2013, is as follows:

  • one person: 140€
  • each additional person a further 40€, up to a maximum of 260€
  • children under 12 free of charge
  • maximum 8 clients per group
  • cable-car fees are not included

Although the cost of the tour is given in euros, clients may pay in sterling, the exchange rate to be calculated at the time of payment using www.oanda.com. No deposit is necessary and payment can be made on the day.

Meeting point: for each day's excursion, we will meet at the start of the selected route at around 9.30, and will return to this point at the end of the day by approximately 18.00.

Flower photography in the Picos meadows © Teresa FarinoFlower photography in the
Picos meadows
© Teresa Farino

Level of difficulty: all excursions are well within the capability of any reasonably fit person. Although the length of the various excursions varies, in most cases we will not be walking more than about 5 km during the course of the day, at a leisurely pace, allowing ample time for observation, identification and photography. Children are welcome.

Lunches: packed lunches can be provided at a cost of 9€ per person.

Booking information: please contact Teresa for further information, or if you have any queries about these wildlife excursions.

Office phone: +34 942 735154
Mobile phone: +34 656 337129
Address:  Apartado de Correos 59
39570 Potes

Flora & Fauna of the Picos de Europa
Over the past 30 years, Teresa Farino has compiled a report (more than 100 A4 pages) that includes lists of all the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, grasshoppers & crickets, spiders and vascular plants ever recorded the Picos de Europa, plus an eight-page introduction to the natural history of these mountains. If you would like to purchase a PDF copy, the price is 12 € (or the sterling equivalent). Please contact Teresa for further details or to place your order.
  Early May above Lebeña © Teresa FarinoEarly May above Lebeña© Teresa Farino

Other tours in the Picos de Europa:

A Feast of Flowers in the Picos de Europa
Natural History of the Picos de Europa & Páramos of Northern Castile
A Family Wildlife Holiday in the Picos de Europa
Autumn Moth Weekend in the Picos de Europa

Reports from past trips to the Picos de Europa:

Picos de Europa trip report 2013
Picos and Páramos trip report 2012
Picos de Europa trip report 2011
Picos de Europa trip report 2010
A Feast of Flowers in the Picos de Europa - 2009 trip report
Butterflies & moths of the Picos de Europa - 2008 trip report
Butterflies & moths of the Picos de Europa - 2006 trip report
Butterflies & moths of the Picos de Europa - 2005 trip report
BSBI Botanical Tour of the Picos de Europa - 2004 trip report

Related information:

Picos de Europa - a naturalist's paradise
Complete list of orchids for the Picos de Europa
Complete list of butterflies for the Picos de Europa
Read about Teresa Farino
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