From 835 €
About 395 bird species can be observed in the Algarve, this means that around 95% of all bird species observed in Portugal can be seen in the region at a certain time of the year. But this trip also includes a visit to Castro Verde, in a nearby region, where you will be able to spot incredible birds characteristic of stepping habitats, such as the Great Bustard and the Little Bustard. Different times of the year will offer you different experiences.
Arrival and check-in at your accommodation.
An entire day will be dedicated to Ria Formosa Natural Park, where you will have the opportunity to visit Quinta de Marim, Ludo and Quinta do Lago. This is one of Europe’s most important protected wetlands. Its environmental characteristics make RFNP a place rich in biodiversity and bird species. In the park is possible to spot: Little Bittern, Purple Heron, several species of grebes and ducks, Purple Swamphen (the symbol of the park), Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover, Collared Pratincole, Avocet, Little Tern, Great Reed Warbler, Azure-winged Magpie, Eurasian Hoopoe, and Bee-eater.
On day three, you will do a day trip to the Alentejo region and explore the Castro Verde area. Castro Verde is characterized by its extensive stepping habitats. This is the home of Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Common Crane, Red Kite, Montagu’s Harrier, Black-winged Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Stone Curlew, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Great Spotted Cuckoo, European Roller, Calandra, Short-toed and Thekla Larks, Tawny Pipit, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, among others.
If you visit during spring and early summer, you will be able to easily spot Montagu’s Harriers, Lesser Kestrels and Black Kites arriving to breed and the Great and Little Bustards displaying in early spring. Also, Short-toed, Booted and Bonelli’s Eagles all breed in the general area and use the grasslands as regular hunting grounds.
If you visit outside the breeding season, you may spot Red Kites, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits in bigger numbers. Black and Eurasian Griffon Vultures and Spanish Imperial Eagles are also more regularly seen outside the breeding season.
On day four, we head to the west of the Algarve to visit Lagoa dos Salgados and Sagres. Lagoa dos Salgados is a breeding area for Ferruginous Duck and a favourite haunt and nesting place for the Purple Swamphens, the Purple Herons and the Little Bitterns. Other herons, Spoonbills and Greater Flamingos are also often present.
In the west-end of the Algarve, Sagres is a well-known place for birdwatching, especially during Autumn migration. Common raptor species in the area are Griffon Vulture, Short-toed and Booted Eagles, Sparrowhawk, Black and Red Kites, Egyptian Vulture, Marsh, Hen and Montagu’s Harriers, Hobby and Peregrine.
Check-out from the hotel.
- 4 nights accommodation with breakfast
- Transfers from and to Faro Airport
- 3 lunches and 4 dinners
- Ground transport (in air-conditioned vehicles)
- Water and fruit throughout the tour
- Free use of optical equipment (telescope) and field guides
- Bird list
- Entrance fees to private or protected areas
- Donation for a local environmental conservation association
- Assistance during travel
- Insurance during activities
- Travel insurance with COVID-19 protection
- Digital book with all the information and tips for your trip
Lodging at small rural hotels or countryside guesthouses at standard double rooms.
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