SHORT BREAK LISBON ESTUARIES & ALENTEJO -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 in quite small area, so the birding programmes enable you to visit several species and rich areas without needing to travel long distances.

Within 30 minutes drive from Lisbon, we can visit both the Tagus Estuaries and the Sado Estuary Nature Reserves, two remarkable protected wetlands with extensive bird lists that include species like the Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco and Purple Herons, Black-winged Kite, Little Bustard, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Bee-eater, Azure-winged Magpie, Iberian Grey Shrike and Spotless Starling, and an excellent selection of ducks, waders, gulls and terns.

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The variety of species within short distance
  • The rolling plains of Castro Verde
  • Buff and hills of the Guadiana Valley
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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 Lisbon Airport and together, we’ll head towards the charming Brown’s Boutique Hotel in Lisbon. We will visit several areas and a variety of habitats within the Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve, including the inter-tidal mudflats and salt marshes of Hortas, the salt pans of Atalaya, Ribeira das Enguias and Samouco and the Barroca d’Alva rice fields and pastures. The night will be spend at the charming LX Boutique Hotel.
  • Day 2 : After a delightful breakfast we will visit other interesting sites of the Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve, including the open fields, rice fields, inter-tidal mudflats and salt marshes of the Ponta da Erva area and the cork oak woodlands of Pancas. During the breeding season, we visit a heronry on the Tagus river. The LX Boutique Hotels is awaiting us for the night.
  • 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 last day we will head back to Lisbon visiting the inter-tidal mudflats, salt marshes and rice fields of Comporta and Carrasqueira (Sado Estuary Nature Reserve). Cross the river Sado by ferry, with a good chance of seeing small pods of Bottle-nosed Dolphins. We will leave you  at Lisbon airport hoping you had a wonderful trip.

GALLERY

Lisbon & Tagus Estuaires:
Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco and Purple Herons, Black-winged Kite, Little Bustard, Eurasian Hoopoe, European Bee-eater, Azure-winged Magpie, Iberian Grey Shrike and Spotless Starling, and an excellent selection of ducks, waders, gulls and terns.

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 €1395  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

  • Browns Boutique Hotel & Apartments

Browns Boutique Hotel & Apartments

Just a short distance away from Lisbon’s main centre squares, right in the downtown area, Browns Boutique Hotels is a charming property full of character.
  • 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.

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