Press release

Calling all twitchers!

Monday 31 March 2014

Saga offers regional departures to Spain for birdwatching in Punta Umbria

Saga’s seven-night Birdwatching in Punta Umbria holiday has received five stars out of five from its passengers for the overall experience and value for money.

The full-board holiday, which includes a free 13-hour bar, will be repeated in October with a choice of UK regional departures from Exeter, Newcastle and London Gatwick.

Punta Umbria, near Costa de la Luz, Spain, is a haven for birdwatchers and photographers who can indulge in their passion while discovering Andalucia’s nature-rich national parks. It is also a key point of passage for birds of prey and other birds migrating between Africa and Europe.

Stay in Hotel Barcelo Punta Umbria, built in typical Andalusian style, on the beach between the Marismas del Odiel Nature Reserve and Los Enebrales Nature Park. Look out for the subalpine warbler, and blackcap, plus Algerian and Spanish sand racers in this area of natural of outstanding beauty featuring juniper woodland among the sand dunes.

A wildlife expert will accompany birdwatching tours and there will be talks and meetings in the evening so guests can share their knowledge and sightings with like-minded passengers.

Visits include Doñana National Park, a designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is Spain’s most important wintering area for waterfowl. The marshes, streams and dunes are home to many threatened species including the Adalbert's eagle, marbled teal and white-headed duck. Rare black vulture and red kites may also be seen, as well as breeding colonies of herons, egrets and waders.

Seven nights from £1049, departing October 2, from Newcastle, Exeter and London Gatwick.

Price includes five excursions, full board, free bar 13 hours a day, wildlife host, return flights, airport taxes, accommodation, porterage, travel insurance and cancellation cover.

For details call free on 0800 414 8986 or visit


Editors: Saga Holidays is winner of nine British Travel Awards including Best Wildlife & Nature and Best Western Europe Holiday Operator.