A very scenic landscape and a high number of bird habitats, make Portugal a country “par excellence” for the practice of birdwatching. Besides, Portugal is crossed by various migrating bird species twice a year. Attracted by our countryside, they choose to “rest” and nest in our plains, marshlands and hills on their way to Africa and back.
One of Portugal’s best regions for bird watching is the Castro Marim Marshland Nature Reserve and Ria Formosa Reserve. Unique species and sign-posted footpaths await organized groups or individuals looking for their favourite birds. This is remote Algarve territory, a region where tourism is scarce as well as home to a large wetland area where species that are nowhere else to be found in Portugal may be spotted and hopefully (!) captured on camera. Official information boasts the possibility of watching 60 different species in a single day! Examples are: the spectacled warbler, lesser short-toed lark, great spotted cuckoo, Montagu’s harrier, greater flamingo, spoonbill, black-tailed godwit, black-necked grebe, caspian tern and slender-billed gull. Many birds also nest here, such as the pied avocets, stone curlews, black-winged stilts and little bustards.
To stay in the region, we recommend the trendy Praia Verde Boutique Hotel. Very near these reserves, with an impeccable service, charming, renovated premises and a never ending white sanded beach, you will have the time of your life.
For further birdwatching, you only have to drive up to Mértola and Castro Verde (already described in the Birdwatching in the Sublime Alentejo Plains article).