SHORT BREAK ALENTEJO & ALGARVE -BIRDWATCHING

DURATION 5 DAYS
GUIDED

A sublime landscape diversity and a high number of habitats turns Portugal into an distinguished place for birdwatching

THE TOUR

Portugal has a fantastic diversity of habitats and therefore of birds species in quite small area, so the birding programmes enable you to visit several species and rich areas without needing to travel long distances.

Within 20 and 40 minutes drive from Faro city centre and its International Airport, we can visit both the Ria Formosa Nature Park and the Castro Marim Nature Reserve, two remarkable protected wetlands with extensive bird lists that include species like Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco and Purple Herons, Little Bustard, Spotless Starling and an excellent selection of ducks, waders, gulls and terns. The places visited are unique sites in Portugal for the  high number and rareness of species, like Audouin’s and Slender-billed Gulls and Lesser Short-toed Lark. During the tour there will also be the oportunity to get close views of scarce species like Purple Swamp-hen and Little Bittern; species like Red-necked Nightjar, Azure-winged Magpie, Hoopoe, Bee-eater and Spectacled Warbler are particularly abundant.

The Alentejo region is only within one hour driving distance and we will observe other complementary biotopes and  new bird species.  The rolling plains of Castro Verde are the home of Great Bustard, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, European Roller, Calandra Lark, Rufous Bush Robin, Black-eared Wheatear and others…  The bluffs and hills of the Guadiana Valley Nature Park, are remarkable for species like Iberian Imperial, Golden and Bonelli’s Eagles, Eurasian Black and Griffon Vultures, Black Stork, Eurasian Eagle Owl, White-rumped Swift, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting.

You will have the opportunity to visit two distinct areas with different biotypes and also two regions of Portugal with strong costums & traditions and with unique gastronomy. Photo Pierre Dalous

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The variety of species within short distance
  • The rolling plains of Castro Verde
  • Buff and hills of the Guadiana Valley
from 1315

WHY BOOK WITH US?

  • We are Portuguese and know the hidden corners of our land better than anyone
  • We work with the best experts in the activities provided
  • We take every care when selecting your accommodation
  • Online reservation with immediate confirmation

ITINERARY

  • Day 1 :We welcome you at Faro Airport and together, we’ll head towards the charming country house of Herdade da Corte in Tavira, Algarve. We will visit the canals, saline flats and salt pans of the Castro Marim Nature Reserve and of the Tavira area (Ria Formosa Nature Park). The lovely Herdade da Corte is awaiting us for the sleeping night.
  • Day 2 : After a detailed breakfast we will visit several habitats such as dunes, open water, inter-tidal mudflats, salt marshes, salt pans, reed beds, lagoons and pine woods in the area of Ria Formosa Nature Park (Quinta do Lago and Ludo). We will also visit the Salgados lagoon. At the end of the day we head back to the cosy Herdade da Corte.
  • Day 3 : We will travel to Casa dos Castelejos a lovely B&B in the Alentejo region with a  perfect location for birdwatching. We will visit the great Castro Verde rolling plains with species such as the  Great Bustard, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel. The night will be spend at Casas dos Castelejos.
  • Day 4 :After a breakfast with typical products from Alentejo, we will visit the bluffs and hills of the Guadiana Valley Nature Park, including Mértola, Mina de São Domingos and Alcaria Ruiva areas. We will overnight at lovely Casa dos Castelejos.
  • Day 5 : On our way to Faro, we will visit the Salgados lagoon and we will also have the opportunity to visit other interesting sites at the Ria Formosa Nature Park. We will leave you  at Faro airport hoping you had a wonderful trip.

GALLERY

Algarve area:
Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco and Purple Herons, Little Bustard, Spotless Starling. Great selection of ducks, waders, gulls and terns.  Also scarce species such as Purple Swamp-hen and Little Bittern; species like Red-necked Nightjar, Azure-winged Magpie, Hoopoe, Bee-eater and Spectacled Warbler.

Alentejo area:
Great Bustard, Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrel, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, European Roller, Calandra Lark, Rufous Bush Robin, Black-eared Wheatear. Also other species such as Iberian Imperial, Golden and Bonelli’s Eagles, Eurasian Black and Griffon Vultures, Black Stork, Eurasian Eagle Owl, White-rumped Swift, Eurasian Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting. 

This tour is guided, so let us know the dates of your interest so that we can check the availability.

The price of the program is €1315  per person on a double room to be held between October and May.
Special seasons, single and solo traveller supplements applies.

What is included:
4 nights’ accommodation  with breakfast
Welcome reception at airport and all transfers during the tour
Professional Guide escorting
Travel insurance

What is not included or is extra:
Meals
Extra Activities

You did not found what you are looking for in our offer? Contact us because we would ♥ to reduce, increase, modify, change, finally, we can ride the tour depending on your interests and availability. info@welovesmllhotels.com

OUR HOTELS

  • Herdade da Corte

Herdade da Corte

Em Santa Catarina de Tavira, e a breves 10 minutos da praia, a Herdade da Corte é o refúgio perfeito para conhecer o Algarve mais autêntico e genuíno.
  • Casa dos Castelejos

Casa dos Castelejos

Casa dos Castelejos is located in the picturesque village of Monte Guerreiro, in a unique environment between countryside and town.

OTHER TOURS OF YOUR INTEREST

OTHER TOURS IN THE AREA

  • Romance- A Love Affair in Alentejo

Romance- A Love Affair in Alentejo

The Alentejo is a mix of emotions and colours with beautiful coastal and inland landscapes. The perfect destination for a romantic getaway in Portugal.