About Sevilla

A Historical City




Sevilla was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation.

It was called Hispalis under the Romans and Isbiliya with the Moors. Its high point in its history was following the discovery of America.

Sevilla lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe, it has the minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral (one of the largest in Christendom), and the Alcázar Palace.

Part of its treasure include Casa de Pilatos, Torre del Oro, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest picture gallery in Spain) , plus convents, parish churches and palaces.

It has hosted two international exhibitions (1929 and 1992) and is the administrative capital of Andalucía.

The quarter of Triana on the other side of the river, La Macarena, Santa Cruz and San Bartolomé, the street of Las Sierpes, plus La Maestranza bullring, María Luisa park and the riverside walks are all representative images of Sevilla.

For all its important monuments and fascinating history, Sevilla is universally famous for being a joyous town.

While the Sevillians are known for their wit and sparkle, the city itself is striking for its vitality. It is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro.

The Sevillians are great actors and put on an extraordinary performance at their annual Fería de Abril, a week-long party of drink, food and dance which takes place day and night in more than a thousand especially mounted tents.

But above all it allows the men to parade on their fine horses and the women to dance in brilliantly coloured gypsy dresses.

Immediately before that is Holy Week, Semana Santa, a religious festival where hooded penitents march In long processions followed by huge baroque floats on which sit Images of the Virgin or Christ, surrounded by cheerful crowds. Both Spring events are well worth experiencing.

In Sevilla, you will want to visit the old city, with the Cathedral and the Giralda tower at its heart. (You can climb the steps inside the tower for a magnificent view of the City).

Very close by are the royal Mudéjar palace known as the Alcazar with marvellous gardens and the Santa Cruz quarter, with cramped streets, flowered balconies, richly decorated facades, hidden patios…

Other sights not to be missed are, in the old city, the Casa de Pilatos, a large sixteenth-century mansion where Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles blend harmoniously amidst exuberant patios and gardens and, crossing the Triana bridge over the large Guadalquívir River, the lively popular quarter of Triana with charming narrow streets around the church of Santa Ana and traditional ceramic factories.



Bird Watching In Spain

Bird Watching in Ruidera




Bird watching in Las Lagunas de RuideraBecause of the amount of time we spend out in the country side we could not fail to notice the rich and impressive bird life.

The nature of the lagoons and its location in this hidden valley holds a great variety of both resident and migratory birds. Be it Flamingos, Lapwings, Golden Orioles, Beeaters, Eagle owls, Osprey or Golden eagles there is always something new to see.

Due to the different types of terrain in our immediate area we are able to recommend areas for specific species. With woodlands and forests, scrub habitats, grasslands, steppe and stony uplands, freshwater wetlands (both shallow and deep waters) all within a few kilometres makes this and ideal area to explore, (please have a look at some of the photographic opportunities that present themselves in Peter’s Bird gallery)

Of course spring and autumn are the best times of the year to come, in the spring time there is massive activity in the trees as the birds are preparing their nests ready for their young. Migratory birds stop off for a welcome rest in this area rich in food and water.

Bright colours can be seen as the Beeaters, Golden orioles, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Azure winged magpies, Hoopoe and many other species flash through the air.

Bird watching holidays and breaks in Spain




The amount of raptors in the area is very impressive due to the abundance of natural food sources like rabbits, hare, partridge, other rodents, amphibians and fish and crustaceans.

There are many Eagle owls, Scoop owls, Barn owls, Tawny owls, Long eared owls, Little owls, Marsh harriers, Hen harriers, Motagus harriers, Black kite, Red kite, Goshawk, Sparrow hawks, Common buzzards, Golden eagles, Bonelis eagle, Short toed eagles, Ospreys and many more.

Then of course there are the water birds, Lapwings, Water rail, Coots, Black winged stilts, Mallards, Pochards, Herons, Egrets, Bitterns, Storks, Flamingos and even the odd Black stork or Great bustard.

Let us not forget other well known species like the Cuckoo, Nightjars, Martins and Swallows, Larks, Pipits, Wagtails, Wrens and Chats, Wheatears, Thrush and Warblers, Flycatchers, Tits and Tree creepers, Nut hatches, Shrike, Jay, Sparrows and Finches, Cross bills and Buntings.

At the same time enjoy the wealth of smells and colours of the local flora or the changing of colours of the trees during autumn. Take a break from your hike and have a dip in the lagoons to cool off.

See some of the other wildlife like otters, weasels, wild boar, fox or our smaller friends, butterflies, lizards and other reptiles and insects. The area of Ruidera is very rich in all aspects.

Have a real adventure and explore this area on your own or book a full package and we will pick you up from the airport and supply all transport during the week or days stay including accommodation.





-Bird watching in Spain during spring and autumn

We normally have excellent weather but should it become wet or windy we have large umbrellas (Fishing type) and chairs available, we will even deliver you food to you in the field, excellent local food and wine to be enjoyed in the open air.

Extra activities

Should you feel that you would like to add even more to your trip then we will take you to the famous Tablas de Daimiel , marsh lands just an hour or so away that are well known for their rich bird life.

Or take a day out to visit the Sierra Morena in Andalusia with more that a good chance of seeing the impressive Spanish Imperial eagle, Peter has located mating pairs of these eagles every year for the last 5 or 6 years so the chance of seeing them are very real in the spring time or get really lucky and catch a rear glimpse of the Iberian Lynx (which we have seen on many occasions).

Just let us know you needs and we will take care of the rest.