The Strait of Gibraltar Natural Park

CADIZ One of the best spots in the world to observe the migration of soaring birds: raptors and storks.

Ciconia ciconia Andalousie
geronticus eremita Cádiz
Stenella coeruleoalba Détroit de Gibraltar
Pancratium maritimum Tarifa

Africa / Europe

Migratory birds

Preserved coastline

Whales and dolphins

Mediterranean / Atlantic

CADIZ

One of the best spots in the world to observe the migration of soaring birds: raptors and storks.

The Strait of Gibraltar, “El Estrecho”, is as much a crossroads between Africa and Europe as it is between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, it is a cosmopolitan melting pot which receives the influence of sailors and ports. The traveler will easily confirm one of the densest traffic of merchant marine supertankers in the world.

The Campo de Gibraltar is a land that sinks into the sea, a huge area that receives marine influence like an archipelago of Macaronesia. It is not surprising that wind, the winds, dominates everything, decides everything and for everyone on the coast. Gibraltar is the homeland of the god Aeolus, it is living in the middle of the ocean. Wind blows and disperses the sand. Active dunes invade everything: roads, fields, ancient Roman cities like the exceptional deposit of Baelo Claudia. Agriculture is difficult and favors the presence of grazing cattle on the prairies. The migrations of large planing birds (storks, eagles) stop or resume depending on the wind blast. It’s also the wind that drives you crazy, wind turbines … and the paradise of windsurfers.

Due to its international strategic position, the coastline was massively militarized in the post-war years and was largely inaccessible until recently. Many rusty signs identify the abandoned military area. The joint action of the military and the wind have largely preserved the coast of property developers, which still allows us to enjoy memorable beaches such as Los Lances or other small wild beaches far away.

Birdwatching in the Strait of Gibraltar, 14 km, Strait of Gibraltar Natural Park

Strait of Gibraltar, 14 km between Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Strait of Gibraltar, 14 km

14 small kilometers separate the two continents. In Antiquity this strait was called “the Pillars of Hercules”.

short-toed eagle, Circaetus gallicus, raptor, eagle, migration, postnuptial, prenuptial

A short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus) arrives from Africa, exhausted after crossing the Strait.

Sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus, sea, boat, Gibraltar, cetaceans, whales, dolphins

The traffic of supertankers coincides dangerously with that of large marine mammals like this sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus).

This military Detroit, often hostile in nature, welcomed a hippie community in the 70s and 80s. The Tarifa spirit, beach clothing and holiday atmosphere, helps to maintain a certain lightness of being. The absolute icon of this state of mind being the presence of “Retinta” cows on the beaches.

Twice a year, Gibraltar is the site of massive continental migrations of birds that spend the winter in Africa and breed in Europe. It is the major route for white storks (Ciconia ciconia), black storks (Ciconia nigra) and several species of raptors: black kites (Milvus migrans), booted eagles (Hieraaetus pennatus), short-toed eagles (Circaetus gallicus ).

Let’s familiarize ourselves with “El Levante” which blows from the Mediterranean and “El Poniente” of Atlantic origin. Large planners fly against the wind, thanks to the friction on the front edge of their wings which generates lift.

Without forgetting the more discreet marine migrations: pelagic birds, gannets (Morus bassanus), petrels, bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), large sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus).

Finally, there is the Flysch, a very curious sedimentary rocks whose facies are exposed all over the coast.

Why not joining us in one of our tour to witness the migration and much more? Our autumn tour is scheduled at the best time.

Birdwatching in the Strait of Gibraltar, 14 km, Strait of Gibraltar Natural Park

Strait of Gibraltar, 14 km between Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

The Strait of Gibraltar, “El Estrecho”, is as much a crossroads between Africa and Europe as it is between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, it is a cosmopolitan melting pot which receives the influence of sailors and ports. The traveler will easily confirm one of the densest traffic of merchant marine supertankers in the world.

The Campo de Gibraltar is a land that sinks into the sea, a huge area that receives marine influence like an archipelago of Macaronesia. It is not surprising that wind, the winds, dominates everything, decides everything and for everyone on the coast. Gibraltar is the homeland of the god Aeolus, it is living in the middle of the ocean. Wind blows and disperses the sand. Active dunes invade everything: roads, fields, ancient Roman cities like the exceptional deposit of Baelo Claudia. Agriculture is difficult and favors the presence of grazing cattle on the prairies. The migrations of large planing birds (storks, eagles) stop or resume depending on the wind blast. It’s also the wind that drives you crazy, wind turbines … and the paradise of windsurfers.

Strait of Gibraltar, 14 km

14 small kilometers separate the two continents. In Antiquity this strait was called “the Pillars of Hercules”.

Due to its international strategic position, the coastline was massively militarized in the post-war years and was largely inaccessible until recently. Many rusty signs identify the abandoned military area. The joint action of the military and the wind have largely preserved the coast of property developers, which still allows us to enjoy memorable beaches such as Los Lances or other small wild beaches far away.

A short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus) arrives from Africa, exhausted after crossing the Strait.

Twice a year, Gibraltar is the site of massive continental migrations of birds that spend the winter in Africa and breed in Europe. It is the major route for white storks (Ciconia ciconia), black storks (Ciconia nigra) and several species of raptors: black kites (Milvus migrans), booted eagles (Hieraaetus pennatus), short-toed eagles (Circaetus gallicus ). Let’s familiarize ourselves with “El Levante” which blows from the Mediterranean and “El Poniente” of Atlantic origin. Large planners fly against the wind, thanks to the friction on the front edge of their wings which generates lift.

The traffic of supertankers coincides dangerously with that of large marine mammals like this sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus).

Without forgetting the more discreet marine migrations: pelagic birds, gannets (Morus bassanus), petrels, bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), large sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus).

Finally, there is the Flysch, a very curious sedimentary rocks whose facies are exposed all over the coast.

Why not joining us in one of our tour to witness the migration and much more? Our autumn tour is scheduled at the best time.