INSIDE THE ESTATE ONE OF THE BIGGEST EUROPEAN BLACK VULTURE COLONIES
The old Casa Rural in La Parrilla, now completely renovated and ready to accommodate its hosts, is situated in the heart of a 1250 hectares private estate. High on a hill, it offers a privileged view over the Tago river valley, over the dehesa and on the rocky cliffs of the Sierra La Parrilla. It is an eco-lodge with well-finished and charming furniture, modern and spacious rooms with en-suite facilities, a couple of living rooms where you can relax and a large table in the patio for open air dinners, so you will be constantly entertained by the flight of vultures: a real oasis of peace, where to adapt your pace to the pace of nature,with no hurry,for the GriffonVultures are not in a hurry when they fly effortlessly in the blue sky .
IN COLLABORATION WITH
La Parrilla estate is inside the famous Monfragüe National Park, which, with its 18.396 hectares, has been the first protected area to be declared in Extremadura, in 1979, and s ubsequently became a National Park in 2007, as well as being a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It’s a real jewel of biodiversity, protecting mediterrane- an forests and shrubby areas, famous worldwide for its invaluable environmental and particularly ornithological heritage: it hosts a huge population of different vultures species, it has one of the highest densities of the endemic and very rare Spanish Imperial Eagle, and during the winter impressive numbers of Common Cranes are present.
The estate offers countless opportunities to the nature photographer: from Red Deers in their rutting season, to an old stump of a Cork Oak where Blue Rock-thrush and Woodchat Shrike perch, to the various feeding spots where raptors gather.
Some species regularly come to the drinking-hides, such as Barn Swallow, Spotless Starling and Spanish Sparrow, and with a bit of luck, and patience, many other species can turn up, from Dartford Warbler to Grey Wagtail and Sparrowhawk.The same is true for water birds from the hide at Los Majadales: Black Storks, herons and ducks frequently stop over here. Not to mention the vultures fighting in the water that rapresents a unique show.
A drinking-hide built up in a tree immediately takes us in the shady atmosphere of a valley floor grove, where Golden Oriole
and Hawfinch come to drink. A perfectly camouflaged rock-hide disappears among the rocks and stones on top of a cliff, offering a fantastic view over the dehesa down below and on the vultures coming back to their nests in the sunset light.
A large drinking trough acts as a magnet for passerines in the surroundings of the lodge, from Linnets to Red-rumped Swallows and Crested Larks. A floating-hide allows to take pictures of very intimate moments, when scavenger birds take a bath after their meal.These are only a few of the many opportunities you have in this reserve.
AMPHIBIANS & REPTILES
La Parrilla estate hosts a lot of this biodiversity, including arguably the biggest colony in the world of Cinereous Vulture and the second biggest of GriffonVulture. And these are by no means the only raptors present here: at least three males of Eagle Owl sing from the rocky cliffs in front of the lodge, while a pair of Spanish Imperial Eagle has its nest nearby; Red Kites, Golden Eagles, Bonelli’s Eagles and Sparrowhawks fly over the area almost every day.Typical mediterranean species such asThekla Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue Rock-thrush,Woodchat Shrike and Spotless Starling can be seen in the more open areas, while the shrubby areas host a plethora of Sylvia warblers: Dartford, Subalpine, Sardinian, Common, Western Orphean and Iberian Chiffchaf.
Since La Parrilla includes a wide section of the integral natural reserve of the Monfragüe National Park, a lot of the over 50 mammal species present can be seen, with a bit of luck. Not only the Red Deers coming close to the lodge in their rutting season, but also Red Fox and Beech Marten often come close to the buildings at night. Even Wolf has been seen inside the property, while very interesting species present are Wild Cat, Common Genet and Egyptian Mongoose, typical african species, as well as Otter and Badger. Among smaller mammals, Garden Dormouse and Southern Water Vole are worth mentioning.
It is possible to organize special expeditions, dedicated walks and jeep rides, it is also possible to set up nocturnal photo sessions.
The landscape of the property is made of two main environ- ments: the dehesa, with scattered holm oaks and huge cork oaks, whose existence is guaranteed artificially through the grazing of goats, sheep and pigs; and the mediterranean scrub, of natural origin. Both these two environments host a large variety of plants and insects species.There are extraordinary bloomings of Com- mon Gum Cistus and Broteroi Peony, along with a lot of other mediterranean species like Spanish Foxglove or Tongue Orchid, among which fly elegant butterflies like Spanish Festoon, Spanish Swallowtail andTwo-tailed Pasha.
WHERE WE ARE
It is an eco-lodge with well-finished and charming furniture, modern and spacious rooms with en-suite facilities, a couple of living rooms where you can relax and a large table in the patio for open air dinners, so you will be constantly entertained by the flight of vultures.
INSECT & PLANTS
10 Photo hides
N° max clients each year
All year round
3 stars casa rural inside the reserve, comfortable rooms with bathrooms, little library, birdgarden
FINCA LA PARRILLA
Extremadura - Spain
Though arid, the mediterranean scrub and the dehesa of Monfrague host an unexpected abundance of amphibian species, which reveal themselves during wet days and nights: Iberian Ribbed Newt, Pygmy Marbled Newt, Iberian Painted Frog,Western Spadefoot, Natterjack Toad, Mediterranean Tree Frog are only a few of the numerous species present here.
Large part of the reptiles species are endemic or sub-endemic, like Iberian Worm Lizard, Ocellated Lizard, Ladder Snake, or species for which Spain represents the very core area of their distribution, like Spanish PondTurtle,IberianWall Lizard,Horseshoe Whip Snake and Lataste’s Viper.
FINCA LA PARRILLA
Extremadura - Spain
FINCA LA PARRILLA
MONFRAGUE NATIONAL PARK - SPAIN
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HIDE KEEPER: Francesco Rovedo 320-0972595
Monday - Friday
09.30 - 19.30
Via Valle 4
15020 - Alessandria
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