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Dates: 22nd – 29th April 2023 Confirmed departure

Price: £1,495 Places available

Single Room Supplement: £150

Deposit: £150 per person


Price Includes: Accommodation, all meals, ground transport, services of guides & holiday report

Not Included: International travel, travel insurance, drinks & other personal items

Conservation Donation: Butterfly Conservation

Leader(s): David Moore & Jon Dunn

Group Size: Minimum 4 & maximum 12 guests + 2 leaders.

Grade: Generally easy walking at a gentle pace.

Holiday Highlights


  • A unique tour designed to see an exciting range of localised and rare butterflies
  • Butterfly highlights include Spring Ringlet, Spanish Greenish Black Tip, Iberian Sooty Copper, Provence Orange Tip, Panoptes Blue & Spanish Fritillay
  • Led by the experienced and knowledgable team of David Moore & Jon Dunn, who run numerous successful tours together for us!
  • Relaxed pace with two centres; one the beautiful Moorish town of Albarracin in central Spain and the other a delightful hotel in the foothill of the Pyrenees, where we should be able to run a moth trap
  • Possibility of seeing the spectacular Spanish Moon Moth!
  • Can be combined with our South Spain trip
  • Contribute to Butterfly Conservation

A new and unique spring tour in Northern & Central Spain looking for a host of special butterflies & other wildlife!

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Your guides

David Moore has been visiting and studying the Alps for several years and as such his knowledge of the area and its butterflies is superb. David knows France very well and is an integral member of our French Alps and French Pyrenees guiding team. He crossed the border into Spain for this tour in 2018 and helped our group record over 100 species then and again in 2019, including all the rare and endemic species!

David is very active on the butterfly scene in general and is on the team of the popular UK Butterflies online community, where he coordinates the identification service element of the site.


An exclusive spring tour in Spain for a host of special butterflies & other wildlife!

We are delighted to offer this new two centre springtime tour to central and northern Spain which promises to deliver an exciting range of butterflies, many of which are endemic to the Iberian peninsula or are scarce outside the Spanish mainland.

The first part of the tour will be based in the historic Moorish fortified town of Albarracin, with the main target species being the rare Spring Ringlet and the beautiful Iberian Sooty Copper. Other desirable species on the menu should include Provence Orange Tip, Panoptes Blue, Western Dappled White and Sooty Orange Tip, with others such as Large Tortoiseshell and Cleopatra also likely.

The second part of the tour will take in the Los Monegros area, home to the extremely rare Spanish Greenish Black Tip, before moving on to the southern foothills of the Pyrenees, where Spanish Fritillary, Green Underside Blue, Spanish Festoon and Western Marbled White are resident. The hotel near Jaca has a trapping licence, so we hope to see the rare and stunning Spanish Moon Moth.

Unlike summer tours to this area, daytime temperatures are broadly between 18 and 24c, and the landscape is far more lush and verdant than during July and August.

Using Valencia airport as an arrival hub, there will be ample opportunity to enjoy the spring countryside whilst travelling to the Sierra de Albarracin and then onwards towards the Pyrenees and back.

         

Day 1: Arrive Valencia airport. Travel to Albarracin with a brief stop en route

Day 2: Moscardon & Frias de Albarracin for Spring Ringlet, Noguera in the afternoon

Day 3: El Vallecillo & Terriente
Day 4: Calomarde, Monterde de Albarracin and local canyon
Day 5: Transit Day via Los Monegros
Day 6: Valle de Hecho
Day 7: Around Yesa
Day 8: Return to Valencia with stop en route

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