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Southern Portugal Birding Tour - 8 Days

Southern Portugal Birding Tour
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Southern Portugal Migration Birdwatching Tour

An 8-day Southern Portugal birding tour with a professional Birding and Photography Guide for group sizes from 2 to 20 people, including two Full Day Trips to the Plains of the Alentejo and the Sagres Peninsula targeting steppe species such as Great and Little Bustards as well as raptors including Spanish Imperial, Golden, Short-toed and Booted Eagles.

Based in the southern half of the country the two Full Day Trips take you, with your fully licensed and insured professional Guide and photographer, to diametrically opposed habitats, firstly to the Plains of the Alentejo for the steppe species, followed by Foia and the Sagres Peninsula for high mountain species mixed with the rocky cliffs and sea-watching of Europe’s most south-westerly point.

Surrounding your accommodation, which is aptly named “Paradise in Portugal", there is subsistence farmland, Cork Oak Forests, various Hides and valleys, streams and rivers.

The venue itself is a 5* Tripadvisor-rated EcoLodge, so your carbon footprint is as low as it gets. It overlooks a pristine mosquito-free lake set in the middle of nowhere with no nearby road, so there’s no noise or light pollution. The large surrounding garden hosts a wealth of species, notably nesting Eurasian Golden Orioles and several pairs of Common Nightingales amongst others.

This is a one-stop accommodation break, so there’s no tedious packing and unpacking every other day, allowing for more time spent doing what you love to do – getting to grips with unspoiled Nature and really enjoying yourself.

The food is excellent, home-cooked and themed on “International Home Cooking”. It’s not from packets and there are lashings of it, backed by an extensive Portuguese Wine List with an Ornithological theme.

On the days out you’ll be spoiled for choice as to what are the best birds, but highlights will definitely include Bustards, Raptors, Shorebirds, Cliff & Farmland species!

Full Board, pick up and drop off from/to Faro airport and all transfers inside Portugal.

Pricing based on twin/double occupancy.  Single supplement available from €330 on request.

Are you interested in experiencing alternative Birdwatching in Portugal?

Alternative Tour Name: Southern Portugal Migration Birding Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive Faro and transfer to Ecolodge “Paradise in Portugal”

Day 2
Day 2 - Golden Oriole Hide

Settle into the Lodge and explore the surroundings and the garden, making use of the private “Golden Oriole Hide” situated within 100 mts of your room. Possible species include Nightingale, Corn Bunting, Iberian Magpie, White Stork, Common Waxbill, Serin, Golden Oriole, Water Rail and Common Kingfisher. Other facilities include canoes, SUPs, Sauna etc.

Day 3
Day 3 - Exploring the Plains of the Alentejo

An early start to explore the Plains of the Alentejo with your Guide. You will arrive at the designated start as the sun breaks the horizon, having had a quick breakfast in an early morning café. Possible species include Gt. & Little Bustards, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Red-rumped swallow, Rufous Bushchat, Stone Curlew, Black-winged Stilt, Thekla, Crested, Wood and Calandra Larks, Hoopoe, Short toed, Booted and Bonelli's Eagles, Montagu's Harrier, Black winged Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Collared Pratincole, Black-eared Wheatear, Spanish Sparrow.

Day 4
Day 4 - Rest Day

Rest day or local birding if required

Day 5
Day 5 - Exploring the Coastal Plain and cliffs near Sagres

Explore the coastal Plain and cliffs near Sagres. As with the day on the Plains, you will arrive at the designated start as the sun breaks the horizon, having had a quick breakfast in another early morning café. Possible species include Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Linnet, Cuckoo, Gt. Spotted Cuckoo, Woodchat and Southern Grey Shrikes, Roller, Chough, Peregrine Falcon, and, during Autumn migration, raptors such as Honey Buzzards, Egyptian Vultures and Short-toed and Booted Eagles etc.

Day 6
Day 6 - Paradise in Portugal

Self-guided Local Birding in the surrounding Cork Forests near “Paradise in Portugal”. Possible added extra of a Guide if available. A slow walk along any of the wooded valleys will normally produce Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest, Cirl Bunting, Grey Wagtail, European Robin, Eurasian Nuthatch, Iberian Green Woodpeckers etc.

Day 7
Day 7 - Rest or Self-guided Birding

A rest day with local self-guided birding and use of the canoes, SUPs and Sauna etc as required.

Day 8
Day 8 - Departure

Transfer to Faro for flight home.

Avocet, Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Black and Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Redshank, Greenshank, Shoveler, Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, Teal, Pintail, Widgeon, Gadwall, Purple Gallinules, Little Bitterns, Little Bustard, Great Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Stone Curlew, Lesser Kestrel, Montagu’s Harrier, Red-rumped Swallow, Callandra, Thekla, Crested, Woodlarks, Spanish, Tree sparrows, Black-eared Wheatear, Roller, Collared Pratincole and Black, Red Kites

What is included?

  • Pick-up and Drop-off from/to Faro Airport
  • Full board accommodation at “Paradise in Portugal” prime Ecolodge (including picnics when birding)
  • Coffee or soft drinks at cafés when birding
  • Guided birding as stipulated in Tour description
  • Full insurance on-premises and when birding
  • Reference books and materials
  • Checklist available on website prior to arrival
  • Canoes and SUPs
  • Sauna

What is not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Wine, beers, spirits etc.
  • Scopes, bins, tripods etc.
  • Yoga and Massage sessions
  • Souvenirs etc.
Wildlife Reviews
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  1. Amazing and unique “Home from Home”
    Billie O'Connor16 Oct 2019
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    My partner Steve and I have just returned from five amazing days in this place. We flew into Faro, and it was an easy 90 min drive up to Paradise in Portugal. The “resort” (feels like the wrong word as it’s not at all commercial) is down a long private road that opens up onto a beautiful lake view. We had Kingfisher room and the view from it was incredible. Daniela and Frank are so welcoming it feels like an amazing “home from home”, with breakfast, lunch and dinner all on offer. I advise you take it! The food is all so beautifully home cooked, and the communal dining makes the evening fun and interesting. The dining room also has a large window with a lake view. Wines on offer are all good and reasonably priced. I wouldn’t advise it for young children unless they particularly like quiet and nature (it’s not an adults only venue but it’s greater more towards relaxation and peaceful enjoyment during the day). For those who love birds and wildlife there’s an array of trips on offer - you don’t have to, and I’m not an avid “birder” but ended up doing two and loved them both. Highly recommend and we’ll be back for a long weekend next June!

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Tour Facts

  • Southern Portugal
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 20 pax
  • 8 Days
  • March, April, May, September & October
  • +10
  • Moderate
  • Yes
  • English/French/Portuguese
  • Faro Airport
  • Faro Airport