In our Mediterranean plants and orchids tour we will visit some botany reserves in the South of Valencia and Alicante provinces where Iberian endemic plants are located, for instance: Thymus piperella, Antirrhinum valentinum, Iberis carnosa subsp. hegelmaieri, Silene diclinis, Arenaria valentina, Rhamnus lycioides subsp. borgiae, Sideritis tragoriganum subsp. tragoriganum and orchids such as Narrow-leaved Helleborine (Cephalanthera longifolia) , Ophrys fusca, Yellow orchid (Ophrys lutea), Mirror orchid (Ophrys speculum), Ophrys dianica, Himantoglossum hircinum, Giant orchid (Himantoglossum robertianum), Woodcock orchid (Ophrys scolopax), Early-purple orchid (Androrchis olbiensis), Man orchid (Aceras anthropophorum), Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis), etc. The Mediterranean basins are considered a biodiversity hotspot where there are more of 60 exclusive endemic plants in the Valencia region. Some of this endemic plants have been rediscovered in the last years as they were thought to be extinct as the Lupinus mariae-josephi. One of reason why the flora is so rich in Valencia comes from the last ice age. Glaciers stopped in the Pyrenees and did not affect the Iberian Peninsula, so therefore the mild climate allowed many species to survive. Another important reason that explains the richness of the area, is the wide variety of habitat and soils.
In this mediterranean plants tour, we will also visit a cork oak forest and a Mediterranean scrubland where we will observe a wide range of medicinal plants. This is the perfect local tour for Mediterranean plants lovers. The tour is run from mid February to June, covering a wide range of endemic plants and orchids in bloom. The tour involves walks of up to 5 kilometers in partially uneven pathways.
In the following link you will find a selection of orchids seeing both in local tours and also in longer trips.
Price of the Mediterranean plants and orchids tour:120-150 €/ 1 people (depending on the locations).
Extra person 20 €
What is included:
– Travel from a meeting point (hotel, rural house, etc.) in modern, fully seat belted, air conditioned vehicle
– Tour guided in English / Spanish by a professional bird guide
– Basic travel insurance
What is not included:
– Air fare (Low cost companies operate daily flights to Valencia from several European airports)
– Drinks, food and other items of a personal nature