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Why autumn is the best time for birdwatching in Portugal

Lying at the far south-western tip of mainland Europe, on the eastern Atlantic ‘flyway’, the beautiful Portugal represent one of the continent’s top birdwatching destinations in Autumn, for both residents and visitors.
The majority of the migration in Portugal takes place during March and April in the Spring, and September and October during the Autumn, thus, though there are resident species present throughout the year, what you will see during the Winter differs markedly from what you’ll see during the Summer. Total numbers also change at different periods of the year, with some birds migrating within their range and swelling the number of individuals present at different periods of the year.
Autumn is the time when birds are coming and going around our shores, and is indeed an exciting time for birds and birding. The Autumn Migration, (during September and October) is a period that’s largely overlooked but that is incredibly productive. You can see not only Eagles either, but Honey Buzzards, Egyptian Vultures, Wrynecks and all kinds of other great species.
But not only is a great time to spot birds, but also to discover our beautiful Portugal for its sightseeing. At this time of year, the weather is still appealing warm and the golden vegetation along the bright sunny days lead you to a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
Come see for your own eyes! And…
Good birding!
We Love Small Hotels Team 😉
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October 22, 2015|

Alentejo: where the storks escort you along the way…


The Alentejo is the biggest region of Portugal and its size walks side by side with the beauty and charms of its landscape.

The inland is a mix of emotions, colours and shapes. Golden plains to the south, green valleys to the north, castles, temples, flora and fauna of great distinction.  On the other hand, the coast is presented among slopes and rocky cliffs, secluded, deserted beaches and a unique spirit of freedom, commented on by many. Probably is this spirit of freedom felt in this destination that attract thousands of white storks to this region where you can find the biggest colony of storks of the country.

Some of them are resident but the biggest part migrate to Africa after the  Spring season. When the Spring comes again it is typical that they return to the same nest over the years.
But the most curious fact about these friendly birds is that they nest on the top of the cliffs, with sometimes strong waves underneath but they seem not to care for…this is very unusual from this bird species as said by the experts. So it is probably unique  the world. They nest not only on top of cliffs but also on electrical poles and chimneys so it is very common to see this beautiful big birds within the region.
Not only the white storks are common in Alentejo. It is one of the best region in Portugal for birdwatching! Are you a birdwatching fan?
Have a look at our tours here.
Looking for an accommodation in the coast? Check here.
Or would you rather prefer the inland? Check here.
Enjoy Alentejo, its landscape and its nature richness!

April 24, 2015|

Birdwatching in Lisbon and its Surroundings

Do you like birdwatching? Have you ever been to Lisbon? Would you like to combine both and visit a city that is full of birds as well as the most accessible birdwatching sanctuary in Europe, the Tagus Birdwatching estuary?
Yes, this site is located just across the Vasco da Gama bridge, a beautifully arched bridge which links Lisbon and the south margin of the Tagus river. This is Portugal’s largest wetland area and one of the most important ones in Europe. It occupies an area of approx. 14.000 he, specifically created to protect populations of aquatic birds (though there are many non-wetland birds too). In winter, one can find many hundreds of waders, waterfowl and other aquatic species. During the summer, the estuary is alive with breeding species usually associated with the Mediterranean such as the Little Bittern, Cattle Egret, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Great White Egret, the Purple Heron and many others. Put together, the greater Tagus estuary includes more than 250 species including the Greater Flamingos. But if you would like to combine tourism with birdwatching, then you should explore Lisbon, its attractions and parks.
First of all, book yourself a room at Browns Boutique Hotel & Apartments, a trendy hotel in the heart of old Lisbon. The next day walk till Cais do Sodré (15 minute walk) and start looking for Common Startlings, Pallid Swifts and Black-headed Gulls. At Cais do Sodré train station, pick the train that runs along the so-called Portuguese Riviera, which ends in Cascais. Explore its seafront and have lunch at any restaurant facing its incredibly blue bay and marina. On your way back, stop at Alcântara. Get yourself a taxi and ask to be taken to Tapada da […]

December 12, 2014|