Birds of Malaga city (Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain)

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David Lindo Malaga May 2015

 

Aug 13th, 2017: Malaga, among the six cities that are unexpected havens for birdwatching (David Lindo, The Telegraph)

Jan 7th, 2016: The New York Times includes Malaga in the list of must-visit destinations in 2016

Malaga is a very old town. Romans, Muslims and Christians made their mark along the centuries.

The Romans left a tribute to culture with a theatre promoted by Caesar Augustus in 1st century B.C. Black Wheatears and Blue Rock Thrushes are common visitors to its old stone stands.

During the 10th century, the Muslims built a palatial fortress (La Alcazaba) and a castle (Gibralfaro) on top of the highest hill of the city. They are nowadays surrounded by gardens at the lower end, and a pine tree forest at the top. Finches, including Common Crossbills, tits and flycatchers will be good company on our way up to the view points to the harbour and the bay. The Tawny Owls use to hoot at night.

urban birding in malagaThe construction of the Cathedral took more than two centuries after the city was conquered to the Muslims at the end of the 15th century and it is still an unfinished building as one of its towers is incomplete. The Cathedral owes its local appellative, La Manquita (The Little One-handed) to this fact. Peregrine Falcons are the kings of the tower, with Kestrels, Yellow-legged Gulls, Spotless Starlings and pigeons living at lower levels.

The Paseo del Parque, a wonderful local and subtropical plants garden, was grown on lands reclaimed from the sea for the expansion of the harbour by the end of the 19th century. It hosts warblers, treecreepers, Robins and the typical parakeets. Scops Owls hoot at torrid summer nights.

Apart from its value as a birdwatching place, Malaga city is a very good base for your birding holidays around this region.

Trip duration: Half day (Malaga city) or Full day (Malaga city + Mouth of the Guadalhorce or Malaga city + Montes de Malaga)

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Possible species (not exhaustive):

All year: Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura), Blackbird (Turdus merula), Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti), Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), Coal Tit (Periparus ater), Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus), Feral Pigeon (Columba livia domesticus), Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), Great Tit (Parus major), Greenfinch (Chloris chloris), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus), Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Raven (Corvus corax), Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), Serin (Serinus serinus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla), Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus), Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), Tawny Owl (Strix aluco), Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus), Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)

Summer: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Delichon urbicum), Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus), Scops Owl (Otus scops), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Swift (Apus apus), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

Winter: Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros), Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus), White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

On passage: Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca), Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

Price includes:

  • English speaking birding guides.
  • Transport (optional).
  • Binoculars, telescope and bird books in English.
  • Trip accident insurance.

The trip departure time is chosen by you.

The routes are flexible: we will go where the birds are.
We can watch birds till sunset (in Full day trips).

Meals are not included in the price. We can bring a picnic bag with us or stop in a restaurant en route.
Please, wear appropriate shoes and clothing according to the season, and remember: the countryside is colder than the beach!

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TRIP PRICE (€ VAT included):

For more than one trip, please, consult our special offers in “Tours” section!

HALF DAY (Malaga city)


MEETING POINT AT THE CATHEDRAL: 60€ for a 1 or 2 persons group plus 10€ per tripper in excess of 2 (for groups up to 8 persons).

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Torremolinos 120€
Benalmádena 135€
Fuengirola 140€
Mijas Costa 150€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point (*)
Torremolinos 110€
Benalmádena 115€
Fuengirola 120€
Mijas Costa 125€
(*) Plus 10€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

FULL DAY (Malaga city + Mouth of river Guadalhorce)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 170€
Torremolinos 175€
Benalmádena 190€
Fuengirola 195€
Mijas Costa 210€
Marbella 225€
Estepona 255€
Nerja 225€
Antequera 195€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point
Málaga 145€
Torremolinos 155€
Benalmádena 160€
Fuengirola 165€
Mijas Costa 170€
Marbella 180€
Estepona 195€
Nerja 175€
Antequera 155€
(*) Plus 15€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

FULL DAY (Malaga city + Montes de Malaga)

Trips on BIRDAYTRIP’s VEHICLE
Prices per group for groups up to 4 persons according to meeting point:
Málaga 180€
Torremolinos 195€
Benalmádena 210€
Fuengirola 215€
Mijas Costa 225€
Marbella 245€
Estepona 275€
Nerja 235€
Antequera 200€
 
Trips on CLIENT's VEHICLE
according to meeting point
Málaga 145€
Torremolinos 155€
Benalmádena 160€
Fuengirola 165€
Mijas Costa 170€
Marbella 180€
Estepona 195€
Nerja 175€
Antequera 155€
(*) Plus 15€ per tripper in excess of 4 (for groups up to 8 persons)

For groups over 4 persons on Birdaytrip's vehicle, other meeting points or tailor made trips, please, send your query.

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