Dates & Prices


Dates: 6th – 13th July 2019 Fully booked

Price: £1,395

Single Room Supplement: £125

Deposit: £150 per person

Price Includes: All meals, accommodation, ground transport, services of guides, holiday report and donation to Butterfly Conservation

Not Included: Flights, travel insurance, drinks and any other personal items.

Conservation Donation: 10% of profits donated to Butterfly Conservation.

Leader: Patrick Barkham & Julian Dowding

Group Size & Travel: Minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 guests plus 1-2 leaders.

Grade: Gentle paced and generally easy

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the heart of the Cantabrian Mountains with lofty peaks of limestone, a land rich in lepidoptera!  
  • Led by Patrick Barkham – naturalist & writer of numerous highly acclaimed natural history books including The Butterfly Isles
  • Enjoy 80+ butterfly species from the 150+ that reside in the Picos
  • Star species we’ll look for include Apollo, Dusky Large Blue, Large Chequered Skipper, Scarce Copper, Purple-edged Copper, Gavarnie Blue, Lefèbvre’s & Common Brassy Ringlets & many more!
  • Some fine birds possible too, including Griffon Vulture, Bonelli’s Eagle, Short-toed Eagle & Booted Eagle, Alpine Accentor, Alpine Chough, Snow Finch & maybe even Wallcreeper or Lammergeier
  • A relaxed pace 2 centre tour, designed to enjoy maximum time in the field & soak up the sense of ‘being there’!
  • Tour supports Butterfly Conservation

An exclusive opportunity to share a butterfly watching holiday with Patrick Barkham!


New for 2019! An exclusive opportunity to share a butterfly watching holiday with Patrick Barkham in the wonderful setting of the Picos de Europa in northern Spain!

The Picos is at the core of The Cantabrian Mountain range, which stretches along the north coast of Spain for about 300 kilometres. It is one of the most beautiful and beguiling parts of the whole region.

Over 150 butterfly species reside among the spectacular and rugged range of limestone mountains. Our daily excursions from the attractive and unspoilt village which is our base, will take in a variety of habitats and scenery, including flower rich meadows fizzing with a range of fritillaries and other goodies, woodlands and sunlit glades and then up into the mountains themselves for alpine treasures, hidden among rocky pastures and limestone pavement!

We should see a good number of different butterfly species, including stars such as the Apollo and Gavarnie Blue, Bog Fritillary, dusky large blue, Camberwell Beauty and Large Chequered Skipper.

Patrick has been visiting the Picos with his family over a number of years and he can’t wait for the chance to share his love of it and show off the area’s wonderful butterflies and other wildlife!

This promises to be a very popular tour – we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!


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