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Southern Portugal Birdwatching Tour - 8 Days

Southern Portugal Birdwatching Tour
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Southern Portugal Migration Bird Watching Tour

A full 8-day Southern Portugal birdwatching tour with a professional Birding and Photography Guide for group sizes from 2 to 20 people, including four 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. Full Board at 5* rated EcoLodge.

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

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

Arrive Faro during the morning and explore salt pans and coastal lakes near Faro with picnic, afterwards transferring to Ecolodge “Paradise in Portugal”. Possible species include Flamingo, Avocet, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Red crested Pochard, Purple Swamp Hen, Purple Heron.

Day 2
Day 2 - Golden Oriole Hide

Settle in to 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 - Exploring the Lagoa Sto. André

A day spent exploring the Lagoa Sto. André and then south along the west coast back to QBE. Possible species include Bee-eater, Marsh Harrier, Zitting Cisticola, Gt. Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Bar & Black-tailed Godwits, Hobby, Black Kite.

Day 7
Day 7 - Self-guided Birding

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 8
Day 8 - Departure

Transfer to Faro for flight home.

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, Blue Rock Thrush, Rock Bunting, Linnet, Cuckoo, Gt. Spotted Cuckoo, Woodchat and Southern Grey Shrikes, Roller, Chough, Peregrine Falcon, Short-toed Treecreeper, Firecrest, Cirl Bunting, Grey Wagtail, European Robin, Eurasian Nuthatch, Iberian Green, 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
5 stars
- based on 5  reviews
  1. Visit to Paradise
    Adrian & Tina Slater22 Sep 2019
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    This was our first ever wildlife watching holiday. Everything about the trip was perfect; the Quinta is set in an idyllic location just perfect for getting away from everything. The team were very helpful, and all the meals (in the main prepared by Daniela) were superb. We went on the majority of the trips, which took us through some breath taking scenery to see all that was on show. Add to that the local knowledge of Frank and Tony with all the anecdotes and it all created a wonderful week away. We will certainly be visiting again!
  2. The exception that proves the rule!
    Baron25 May 2019
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    Every year we visit the British Birdfair at Rutland Water. One of the reasons is to talk with all of the many and various trip suppliers to work out our next birding/wildlife trip. My guiding thought is “if it looks to good to be true.... it most probably is!” Birding (Paradise) in Portugal, however is the exception that proves the rule. From landing to departure at Faro, everything was first class and exceeded all our expectations. Within fifteen minutes of being picked up by Frank we were bird watching. (123ish bird species over the week we were there. Not to mention the butterflies, insects and other wildlife and flora.) Frank and Daniela are Great hosts. Great place, Great food, interesting conversation, a bit like being invited to stay with friends or family where nothing is too much trouble. Add on terrific birding trips with Frank. So what's not to like? Only leaving. We judge places we visit on the “would we return?” scale. For us the answer is a most definite YES, when?
  3. Birding Paradise
    Julian & Caroline Davies18 Oct 2019
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    We spent a few days Birding in late October (after a recommendation) and can heartily endorse all the other glowing comments. A delightful trip which hugely exceeded our expectations. The human dynamo that is Frank made it unforgettable. Whilst guided around the coast, plains, hide and local walks, we could just observe and enjoy, with Frank emailing us his stunning photos of what we had seen afterwards. The location is unforgettable too, relaxing in the evening sun over drinks and delicious dinners, hosted by Frank and Daniella. We will be back again next year.
  4. Birding in Paradise!
    Milo04 Sep 2019
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    This was my second visit to the Quinta and just as amazing. From waking up to birdsong to ending the day with a delicious dinner, every moment is a pleasure. If you're looking to dodge the hustle and bustle for a few days, soak up some epic scenery and enjoy the company of a true birding maestro, then look no further.
  5. Outstanding hospitality and tours
    paul rees02 Oct 2019
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    This beautiful lakeside guest lodge is the perfect place for peace and quiet and a centre of operations for the many expertly led birding tours. The friendliness of the owners and helpers is exemplary and especially fun are the dinners with chatter over good food and wine. An unforgettable experience in the best possible sense.

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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
  • Faro Airport
  • Faro Airport