Ronda - Birdwatching tourism
The Serranía de Ronda is renown as one of the most complete birding destinations in Spain. Within the area up to 160 species of birds can be seen regularly every year. Not only that, valleys such as Guadiaro and Genal are frequent flyways for migratory birds that spend the winter in Africa and come back to Spain an Europe in Spring.
It is the combination of habitats that make Ronda a place where bird watchers can find “a little bit of everything”. It is the Bonelli’s eagle one of the most emblematic birds to see in the Serranía. The charming Black Wheatear and the elusive Ring Ouzels are other sought-after species here.
From the very heart of the town it is easy to see Booted and Short-toed Eagles in spring and summer. Not to mention the always present silhouette of Griffon Vultures soaring up in the sky. Perhaps it is the Chough the bird that most people think of as they cross our Puente Nuevo. Alpine Swift and even Eagle Owl are other birds that live within Ronda’s cliffs.
Birders arriving to Málaga often decide to jump into Ronda and stay 2 or 3 days to get species that can’t very easily been found in other sites of the Costa del Sol, such as Peregrine Falcon, Alpine Accentor, Black Wheatear and Roller.
The presence of a big variety of cork oak forests, wildflowers, Iberian Ibex, butterflies and dragonflies make nature watching in Ronda a whole experience to be lived!
At just a few minutes drive from Ronda town, the following natural sites offer great birding possibilities:
- Sierra de las Nieves
- Sierra de Grazalema
- Guadiaro valley
- Tajo del Abanico
- Llanos de Líbar
Ronda also counts with some birder’s friendly hotels, birding information boards and specialized guides. Birding can be done almost year round and it would be productive. It is just in July and August that it could be too warm for a day out. For the rest of the year, different birds and a whole set of different scenerys waiting to be enjoyed by all kind of nature-lovers.
Routes "your way"
See: Bird routes in Ronda