Bird watching holidaysA relaxing hobby-geared holiday
HomeAway travel expert
A bird watching holiday may be an idea you’ve harboured for a number of years, and haven’t had the opportunity to bring to fruition. You may have been inspired by a piece of documentary footage, offering a fascinating insight into birds in their natural environment. Or, you may be a seasoned birder, joining larger groups who share your passion, or incorporating your hobby into a quiet retreat with a partner. Whether you’re an avid birder, interested in acquiring a new recreational pastime, or are a dedicated ‘twitcher’ - often travelling to locations to sight rarer species - HomeAway have compiled a selection of ideal destinations.
If your travelling companions don’t share your enthusiasm for the activity, the locations listed can also be appreciated for their historical and cultural heritage, delectable cuisine, and - unsurprisingly - awe-inspiring scenery. HomeAway have compiled a selection of holiday destinations for bird watchers with this concept in mind. After an early morning start to attend bird song, or an afternoon observing birds ‘sunning’, retreat to a HomeAway cottage or cabin to rejuvenate. Whether you choose to observe a feeding event for nocturnal birds, crawl the coastal bars and sample the beers of your chosen destination, or dine at a local resturant, HomeAway ensures you return to a home from home experience.
Top five destinations for bird watching holidays
Bird watching holidays in the Burgas region, Bulgaria
Both aesthetically stunning to watch, and an ethereal experience to share with a partner, observing the Autumn migration in areas such as Pomorie in Bulgaria is an exceptional experience. Located in the Burgas region, the area becomes a platform for thousands of migrating birds, delighting and astonishing birders. The Poda Lagoon, for example, is a protected site home to over 200 species of birds. Neighbouring locations, include the Rodopi Mountains, proffer both an idyllic natural beauty spot and an ideal haven from which to watch birds of prey, including buzzards, vultures and eagles looping around the majestic peaks. Keen photographers can also catch the wading storks and perching warblers that inhabit the range.
Bird watching holidays in Medulin, Croatia
The Medulin area is located on Croatia's largest penisula, the Istria penisula. Home to the eponymous city, the area also has an enviable number of gorgeous towns and villages. With attractive beaches scattered along the coastline, such as Bijeca, you have the opportunity to bask in the sun after a morning observing the majestic wildlife. Considered a haven for bird watching, the area is a popular destination to observe migration, and birders can shadow the birds from the numerous bays and woodlands. Alternatively, birders can marvel at the various species of water bird from the comfort of their HomeAway cabin or cottage. Whether you choose to observe the birds as the sun sets, or at daybreak, the spectacle in the sky is a sensational experience.
Bird watching holidays in the Scottish Islands
If you are already acquainted with the majestic scenery and stunning wildlife in the Highlands of Scotland, venture further and bird watch in the cluster of islands off the northern coast of the country. Orkney is a breeding ground to approximately 20 species of seabirds. Furthermore, over 300 species have been sighted in the islands. Expert bird watchers have claimed that Orkney is one of the most promising locations for birders in the UK, as well as twitchers, due to sightings of rare species, including Storm Petrels. Whether you spend the day rambling along the expansive landscape with a partner, or gathering in a birding group, retreat to HomeAway accomodation to relax before you are encouraged to sample the traditional Cabbie claw dish.
Bird watching holidays in Jutland, Denmark
Having explored Denmark's dynamic capital, Copenhagen, retreat into the Danish wilderness. The Jutland Peninsula has numerous attractive beaches scattered along the coastline, as well as expansive plains and heaths. As such, birders are offered a selection of walking trails to explore the diverse landscape and wildlife. Skagen, in the north of the area, is considered one of Scandinavia's best migration locations. As Spring approaches, Skagen welcomes a staggering number of different species, from swallows and warblers, to magnificent birds of prey, including Osprey and Falcon.
Bird watching holidays in Skye, Scotland
The beautiful island of Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. Home to Dunvegan Castle, the Cuillins mountain range, and gorgeous harbours such as Portree, the island offers holidaymakers both natural and cultural insights into Scotland's staggering history. Skye continues to be a nesting area for seabirds, and it is not uncommon to sight guillemots and puffins on the coastline. In the mountains, kestrels and eagles soar and loop around the peaks. Enjoy a picnic as you observe a screech of kittiwakes huddle on the cliffs, or sample the locally-sourced shellfish cuisine.