WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?
Explore one of Spain's most beautiful cities, with some of the counties best tapas and search for the elusive Iberian Lynx.
Based on two people sharing, not including flights learn more
The Sierra de Andujar National park is teeming with wildlife from wild deer, eagles, otters and of course the Lynx. Aloof and normally very difficult to see, they are more prevent during the winter mating season when we visit.
No trip to Andalusia would be complete without a dose of passionate Flamenco. This intimate mixture of dance and sound provides the most fascinating spectacle is highly recommended.
One of Spain's most beautiful cities with breath-taking architecture originating from its fascinating religious history of alternating Christian and Muslim rule. It also has a thriving bar and restaurant scene.
Home to some of the country's best tapas, simply delicious. You can learn about the food culture on the food tour and find recommendations of where and what is eat in the Untravelled Paths experience booklet.
“This is the second trip we have been on with Untravelled Paths and both have been excellent experiences. On this trip we were soooo pleased to see the Iberian Lynx!”
NEED TO KNOW
|SEASON||January 1 - 5 2019|
|GROUP SIZE||8 people|
|FLIGHTS||For more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.|
|VISA||UK, EU & US not required|
Fly to Seville. Airport pick-up and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring beautiful Seville.
Early morning transfer to Sierra de Andujar. Settle into your accommodation. Meet your guide and wildlife expert. Spend the rest of the day searching for lynx and other wildlife in the heart of the national park.
Spend the day on the look out for the Iberian Lynx in the mountains of Sierra de Andujar, one of the last strongholds for this extremely rare cat. Aside from the lynx, look out for other native wildlife including the Spanish Imperial Eagle, Spanish Ibex and Black Vulture.
Morning lynx and wildlife spotting at a mountain viewpoint in Sierra de Andujar. Travel to the beautiful city of Cordoba. Explore the city and visit the stunning Cordoba Cathedral. Transfer back to Seville. Rest of the evening at your leisure to relax or enjoy the city.
Transfer to Seville airport. Fly home.
A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.
Bursting with colour, passion and sunshine, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for Seville. The beautiful old town is perfect for exploring on foot.
Typical Accommodation: Sacristia de Santa Ana, Corregidor Hotel or similar
La Sierra de Andújar
Family-run guesthouse lodging based in the heart of the national park perfect for enjoying nature and searching for the elusive Iberian Lynx.
Typical Accommodation: Villa Matilde or similar
WHERE YOU'RE GOING
At just a stone’s throw away from the African shores, Andalucia is where the Spanish and Moorish cultures meet and live in harmony. Cities full of character were born out of a fortunate mix of the Spanish lively spirit paired with the Moorish creativity. There is no wonder that iconic symbols such as the fiery flamenco and the mouth-watering tapas are deeply rooted in Andalucia. Of course, it’s not just the cultural colour of the region that makes it rich. From the golden sands of the Mediterranean and Atlantic beaches in the south, the mountain landscape dominates the north. There, lush forests, diverse flora and fauna and rare species such as the Iberian lynx have found home, protected by the numerous National Parks which make Andalucia one of the best preserved regions in Spain.
"I would highly recommend the Flamenco show, it's intimate, authentic and will take your breath away. The best live performance I've seen, it is that good!"
Marius G - Untravelled Paths
Wrap up warm
Being over prepared as far as clothing goes is a good idea for lynx spotting as you may be standing outside in exposed, chilly areas for prolonged periods!
Pace your tapas
Take your time with your tapas, don’t order it all at once and share with your fellow diners. The dishes are meant to be ordered little by little, pairing each tapa with a drink.
Not essential but is likely to enhance your experience so do bring binoculars if you or any of your friends have them! Alternatively, if you have one your camera zoom may help.
Consider an extra night
With so much to discover in Seville you may wish to consider an extra night so you can fit it all in. It's worth noting that a visit to Royal Alcázar of Seville takes at least half a day.
As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Seville with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.
In order to be fully covered on your trip should anything happen, we suggest getting an insurance before you travel. We recommend True Traveller, designed especially for adventure travel, who will be able to tailor an insurance package based on your needs. You can find out more here.
Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.
If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.
Book your trip in five easy steps.
Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.
BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS
We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.
Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.
PAY FOR YOUR TRIP
As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.
Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!
Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions. We highly suggest getting insurance before you travel to avoid any problems. Our personal recommendation is using True Traveller.
As a member of the European Union, Spain is in the Euro.
The easiest option is to head to a cash machine once you’ve touched down in Spain to withdraw funds. There are ATMs in most of the major towns including Seville and Cordoba so access shouldn’t be a problem just take note of the advice below when it comes to withdrawing and bear in mind that you typically won’t be able to take out more than €250 a day. Alternatively, you can exchange currency at a bank. If you’d like to change money at a bank then do make sure you go in the mornings as local banks are often closed during the afternoon.
If you want to get hold of euros beforehand, head to an exchange bureau in the UK when the euro is readily available. You can also purchase currency online and collect it from your local post office or even have it delivered straight to your door. Ordering currency online with the Post Office is commission-free and available for next day delivery. Obviously the more you buy the better rate you’ll receive.
Most major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted throughout Andalucia however it can be a good idea to have cash on you just in case. As a general rule though you should have no problem using your card to pay for drinks or dinner. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you’re travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.
As a general rule, you’ll be able to have a good lunch for around £10 a head and will pay around £15 a head for a nice evening meal. Naturally, the type of establishment you choose to eat in and what you order will dictate the cost of your meals. Be aware that ordering imported drinks can cause your bill to sky-rocket so drinking local wines, beers or spirits is advisable (besides, sampling the local products is what you’re here for!). We reckon around £200 for meals, drinks and snacks for two people is plenty. Please note that these are rough estimates and you can always choose to spend more or less depending on your budget and preferences.
Tipping in Andalucia is by no means compulsory and Spaniards are fairly relaxed about tipping etiquette, however it is customary in restaurants as service is not typically included. If it isn’t do leave an appropriate tip relative to the standard of service you’ve received (typically up to 10%). Do as the Spaniards do and leave some small change on the bar in cafes. It is also commonplace to round up fares in a taxi to the nearest euro.
One of the great things about Andalucia is that the forecast is almost always sunny, even in winter! There’s still around 5-6 hours of sunshine throughout the winter season and despite the temperatures being cooler than through the summer months they are certainly much warmer than other parts of Europe. The average temperatures are between 11°C and 12°C from December to February, while highs can reach between 15°C and 17°C.
You can always contact the UTP team on +44 207 101 4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Before you travel, you will also receive a personalised itinerary with the contact details of the local manager in Romania should there be any problems. Your guide will be on hand throughout the trip as well, so you're in safe hands.
Our digital booklet, which you will receive before travel, contains all the information you need about optional activities. Simply drop us an email letting us know what you'd like to do during your trip, and we'll take care of the rest. Please note that the payment for the optional activities will be taken locally in cash.
The water is safe to drink throughout Spain however we always recommend sticking to bottled water which is widely available just in case - an upset tummy is never ideal!
Despite Andalucian winters being mild in comparison to those back home, you will be spending a fair amount of time in the Sierra de
Andujar nature reserve spotting lynx and wildlife where standing still is common and weather conditions can be changeable. It is always best to err on the side of caution so preparing for cold weather is preferable even if the weather ends up being mild and dry. To maximize lynx spotting you’ll want to remain as inconspicuous as possible so dark-coloured clothing is key. Think black, navy blue and dark green attire. Aside from standard autumn/winter clothing for exploring Seville and Cordoba, we
recommend packing the following:
• Layers of warm, dark-coloured clothing
• A woolen fleece or warm jumper for wildlife watching in the early morning and during the evenings when temperatures drop
• A waterproof to protect against any wind or rain
• Warm and comfortable shoes such as a pair of trainers or walking boots
• Scarf, hat and gloves
As with all wildlife, there is never a guarantee, but we will ensure you will be venturing inside the National Park a couple of times in order to maximize your chances. Spotting lynx can be something of a challenge but sightings over the winter period are high in the Sierra de Andujar nature reserve so with some patience, a little luck and the expert help of our wildlife specialists you have every possibility of seeing this majestic creature.
Yes! You will be with a wildlife expert at all times and observing from a safe distance. As its survival is highly dependant on wild rabbits, its main focus will be on them, not on you.