Having explored several parts of Croatia over the years we are visiting the neighbouring country of Montenegro with its beautiful limestone scenery and deep gorges. The coast has long been a hotspot for various celebrities but inland it is another world. There are extensive meadows, mountain pastures and varied mixed woodland. We visit the Biogradska Gora National park and a sheep farm and although it is mountainous country our walks are leisurely. This is a good place to see some unusual and late flying butterflies. We also visit Skadar Lake for birds including pelicans. Our hotel is situated on the edge of an interesting small town surrounded by woodland and offers excellent food and wine. There is also a large indoor swimming pool.
£1,450 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £150
We thought we would do something different this year and spend a few days in our home county. People often think of Norfolk as being flat but this is not entirely true as North Norfolk has some gentle hills and valleys including the ‘Cromer Ridge’ which was formed by retreating glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. It is an interesting landscape and winter is a good time to see the ancient land patterns of smaller fields, hedge boundaries and meandering valleys. Norfolk is known for its ‘big skies’ and watching skeins of geese flying in from the coast to roost is a magical sight. We look for the first signs of spring including primroses, snowdrops and celandines. We are based in a comfortable country hotel in West Runton in a lovely rural situation but not far from the coast.
£750.00 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £25
Primrose photo courtesy of Pokrajac
One of the White Villages of Andalucia is Grazelema which is situated in a Natural Park. Although the villages vary in size they all have white houses with red-brown tiled rooves, cobbled streets and stunning views. The Park is one of Spain’s most ecologically outstanding areas with unspoilt forests, cork oak groves, open pasture and an abundance of birds and colourful displays of early wild flowers such as beautiful blue irises and masses of highly scented yellow and white narcissi. This is a 2-centre week as we transfer to another enchanting White Village – Zahara de la Sierra.
£1,485 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £120
We return to rural Sicily on the edge of the Madonie National Park. With its gently rolling hills, ancient woods, open moors with shepherds huts and mountain streams the scenery is quite stunning. Within the Park are a number of pretty villages that have been influenced by the Saracens and the Greeks. There are lots of good walking trails to be explored and we should see masses of wild flowers including many orchids. We are based not far from the medieval town of Castelbuono in a family owned property that is surrounded by orange and lemon groves. Sicily is a gastronomist’s paradise and our hotel grows its own vegetables and fruit and make their own pasta, olive oil and wine. We also have a day at the coast at Cefalu.
£1,475 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £100
During the last year N & S WILDLIFE HOLIDAYS has supported Plantlife’s Rare Plant Areas Project in Norfolk and Suffolk by making a donation to help protect much loved plants such as fen orchid, Breckland thyme and Italian catchfly.