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Salto del Gitano

Monfrague national park  >  Spain

The absolute highlight of the magnificent Monfrague National park. Holds the park' s largest colony of Griffon Vulture (+-80 pairs) amongst other species.

Description

A huge rockface carved out by the river Tagus. A large observation platform allows for great views and above all, one of the best birdwatching experiences in Europe. 

Details

Access

Follow the EX-208 for 10,5 km (from Torrejon el Rubio), then park your car at the parking just before the viewpoint (on the left side of the road). When coming from the North (Plasencia), follow the EX-208 towards Torrejon el Rubio for around 32 km. 

Terrain and Habitat

Mountain, Canyon, River, Valley

Conditions

Mountainous, No shadow, Rocky, Dry, High water possible

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring

Route

Paved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform

Yes

Extra info

This is the best spot in the park for Black Stork, of which there are two pairs at this site. Black Vulture is also a regular here. 

Birdingplaces Near

The entire National park is amazing for (nearly) all the spectaculair species of the Iberian fauna. Also the Embalse the Arrocampo with it's great range of marshland birds, is just over an hour drive away.

The birds are the main attraction, but Monfrague has a fantastic range of reptiles (Ocellated lizard, various snakes, Spanish terrapin, which is common in the rivers and streams, and many more) and mammals (red deer and wild boar are numerous, red fox and mongoose are relatively common, if hard to find and even Iberian lynx, altough extremely rare, occurs in the general area).

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu

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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here

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