The bellowing in Spain: 6 spots where to be a witness
The forests of eastern Andalusia are especially recommended to witness the rutting. In the province of Jaén, the Natural Park of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, the largest in Spain, hides unique places for this purpose; like the Campos de Hernán Perea, Peña Rubia or the famous viewpoint of Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente, where he filmed some of his most famous shots on the shores of the Tranco reservoir.
Another great Andalusian mountain range, Sierra Morena, is also an auspicious enclave. Do not forget to visit the site of El Centenillo, which is reached from La Carolina, or the Natural Park of the Sierra de Andújar. In addition to deer it is possible that you glimpse other treasures of the Iberian fauna such as the black vulture, the imperial eagle or the lynx.
Although with less tradition, the west of Andalusia also has corners in which it is possible to enjoy the bellowing. The Natural Park of Los Alcornocales, in the province of Cádiz, is a good example. Head to the spot of La Sauceda, where, waiting for sunrise or sunset, you may also see the elusive Moorish roe deer.
The dehesa of Extremadura
That immense Extremaduran oasis that is the Monfragüe National Park is full of bellows and hoars when the fall arrives. The viewpoint of the Tres Caños allows us to cover a wide range of pastures in which to witness the persecution of male deer to females. You can also attend the procession in the Sierra de San Pedro, in the same province of Cáceres.
Castilla la Mancha
Two places make Castilla-La Mancha an ideal destination for the bellowing. One is the Cabañeros National Park, which also has one of the largest black vulture colonies in Spain. The other is the Serranía de Cuenca which, together with the Montes Universales, have a good deer population. It is not difficult to see them pass through the sunbeds and peladeros of these forests.
The Cantabrian Mountains
The north of Spain is also the territory of the deer. Those who bet on the Cantabrian Mountains have the disadvantage of having to deal with large predators, such as bears and wolves. Perhaps because of that need to hide, observing them requires patience and good eyesight.
You can try it in the Sierra de la Culebra, in Zamora, between the towns of Rihonor de Castilla and Puebla de Sanabria. Or, if you go through Asturias, in the Somiedo Natural Park, where you have multiple viewpoints from which to wait.
The Navarrese and Catalan Pyrenees
La Selva de Irati, in the eastern Pyrenees of Navarre, is an extensive beech forest that becomes colorful when autumn arrives. That is already a good reason to visit her at this time. The other is the bellowing. You can also witness the latter in the Lleida Pre-Pyrenees, specifically in the Sierra de Boumort, which contains the largest deer population in all of Catalonia.
So, do you dare to meet the king of the forest?