Hacienda de San Rafael - Seville, Spain

Doñana National Park

To the north west of the Hacienda lies the Doñana National Park, one of Europe´s most important wetland reserves. It was once the hunting ground for the kings of Castille and later the dukes of Medina Sidonia made it their private coto too. The vast wilderness supports an unrivalled wealth of fauna with 125 bird species resident there. 

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The delta waters of the Doñana flood in winter and then drop in the spring when they draw hundreds of flocks of breeding birds making this area a bird watchers paradise. At last count there were 15 breeding pairs of the imperial eagle. In spring one can see red-rumped swallows, bee eaters, egrets, herons, marsh harriers and kites, in summer you are more likely to see the griffon vulture, hoopoe, larks, booted and short toed eagles. Other animals found within the Doñana are the Iberian lynx (although they are close to extinction) and the Egyptian mongoose. There are also badgers, rabbits, otters, wild pigs, red deer and fallow deer. We are delighted to organize private tours for our guests with an English speaking guide.

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