Witness the beauty of the butterflies of south Spain

Enjoy stunning landscapes throughout this butterfly tour

Together with birds, wild orchids and loads of spring flowers

Spring butterflies of Andalucía

This tour summarizes a selection of magnificent butterfly spots in spring in Southern Spain. We'll be looking for both locally common species such as the Spanish Festoon but also highly localized ones, such as Common Tiger Blue. May is the month with more butterflies on the wing in Andalucía, and the time when specimens of both earlier and later flying species can be found with luck.

Tour highlights

South Spain at its best and most flowered time. Around 45 species of butterflies expected. Reasonable driving times daily. A two-base tour to allow easy access to great butterfly spots. Iconic scenery daily.

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Butterflying the Granada region

We will meet in Málaga or its airport by noon and head East. Then we will start our butterfly quest at the Sierra de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama Natural Park. This protected area is always worth a visit and usually produces nice sightings.

Night in the surroundings of Motril.

What wildlife to expect

Butterflies

This butterfly tour aims enjoying a wide array of species common in Southern Spain but also some other species that only occur in very localized locations of South Spain within their European range.

Some remarkable butterflies we'll be looking for:

  • Spanish Festoon
  • Southern Scarce Swallowtail
  • Cleopatra
  • Moroccan Orange Tip
  • Desert Orange Tip
  • Black-veined White
  • Lorquin's Blue
  • False Baton Blue
  • Common Tiger Blue
  • Monarch
  • Spanish Marbled White
  • Aetherie Fritillary

Althoug moths will not be covered on this tour we may not resist looking for a Giant Peacock when in Ronda.

Other invertebrates

Good chances to find other interesting invertebrates as European Solifugid, Owlflies, Thread-winged Lacewing -endemic to the Iberian Peninsula- and Stripped Oil-Beetle.

Birds

Andalucía's birdlife is notorious and hence we shall enjoy many bird sightings. Hard to point just a few birds, but perhaps Griffon Vulture, Booted Eagle, Rock Bunting, Black Wheatear, Thekla Lark, Blue Rock Thrush and Red-billed Chough are among the most iconic species we may come across.

Wild Orchids

Attention will be paid to some of Álvaro's favourite orchid locations. Even though the dates are normally a bit late in spring, we still should encounter a few species in full flower: Lange's Orchid, Sombre Bee Orchid (arnoldii), Sawfly Orchid (ficalhoana), Woodcock Bee Orchid, Yellow Bee Orchid, Man Orchid and Small-flowered Tongue Orchid. Read our article on Andalusian Orchids.

Other flora

The tour will take us to a wide variety of habitats. Among them we'll particularly enjoy the mediterranean forest of our native Cork and Holm Oaks. Wild Peonys, Rockroses, Toadflax, Viper Bugloss and many other wildflowers should be in full bloom.

We guide this butterfly tour in Spain by means of Andalucía Slow Tours, S.L., a local travel agency accredited by the Spanish Tourist Board with number CIAN 297083-2.

 

OPEN GROUP TOUR DATES
May 20 - 26, 2025 

* You can also book this as a private tour with guaranteed departure or on different dates (recommended April to June)

PRICES
Rates per person: 950 €

TOUR PARTY
Min. 4 - max. 7 fellow travellers (1 guide)

Tour leader: Álvaro Peral

WHAT'S INCLUDED
- Transfers from/to Málaga
- Transport
- Professional guiding services (in English)
- Guidebooks and daily butterfly checklist
- Holiday report
- Basic insurance
- All taxes and entry fees

WHAT'S  NOT INCLUDED
- Flights
- Accomodation (around 60 eur/night in single occupancy). We can help to arrange it.
- Food or drinks (around 30 eur/day)
- Personal costs
- Travel insurance

ACCOMODATION

2 bases: first in the coast near Motril, and then in the mountains in Ronda (below).


PACE
Easy walks mostly. No steep ascents but moderate walking skills are needed.

WEATHER
Generally warm and nice temperatures but with too little chances of showers. Spring weather can be unpredictable.

FOOD
We'll enjoy breakfast and lunch in local establishments en route. Picnic may be an option in some days. Trippers will have options for dinner at short distance from our hotels.

What trippers say

Thanks Alvaro for a superb tour. I just loved the views of many butterflies, my favourite the Spanish Festoon. See you again next year!

Gyorgy Liptovszky, 2022