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Birdwatching in Quinta de Marim – Ria Formosa – Olhão

Birdwatching in Ria Formosa Algarve

Join us on a birdwatching tour in the Algarve. Explore the Ria Formosa’s headquarters at Quinta de Marim in the company of our expert bird tour leaders and enjoy a great time out exploring Southern Portugal’s most important wetland for aquatic birds.


If you’re staying in the Algarve and you like birdwatching, make sure to join this fantastic birdwatching tour through Portugal’s stunning Ria Formosa.

Enjoy a 3-hour private birdwatching tour in the Ria Formosa’s headquarters at Quinta de Marim and explore this protected area’s great diversity of birds with an enthusiastic and experienced local guide.

Tour details

3 hours
140,00 € (per group up to 4 people)
Private tour
private birdwatching tour accompanied by an experienced guide
use of binoculars, telescope and bird identification guides.
entrance fees

Marina of Faro | Faro

Edifício Ginásio Clube Naval – Piso 0
Marina de Faro
8000-541 Faro Algarve – Portugal

37°00’54.5″N 7°56’13.6″W
37.015127, -7.937104
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Marina of Olhão | Olhão

Hotel Real Marina Olhão
Avenida da República
Marina de Olhão
8700-307 Olhão Algarve – Portugal

37°01’23.9″N 7°50’45.7″ W
37.023294, -7.846027
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08: 30 am
available every day throughout the year


On this private tour, we explore the Ria Formosa’s headquarters at Quinta de Marim. It’s an excellent birdwatching spot where you will enjoy the very best of the Algarve bird life.

Put on your birding hat and have a brilliant time out birdwatching in Portugal’s third largest wetland area. Your enthusiastic tour leader will show as many local birds as possible to make the most of your outing in the Algarve.

The headquarters of the protected area of Ria Formosa have a wide variety of habitats, including pine forest, Mediterranean scrub forest, freshwater lagoons, saltpans, dunes, beaches and extensive mudflats making it very interesting for woodland birds and waterfowl.

During this tour, good views of many species of waders, terns, gulls and other aquatic birds are possible on the marshland area. A visit to the existing tide mill is also planned due to its lovely views towards the Armona island. Facing the Atlantic waters, the islands of Ria Formosa are protecting the lagoon that hosts various species of waders especially when the tide is low.

The existing freshwater pond offers a good chance to view the exquisite Purple Swamphen, elected the symbol of this protected area. The surrounding pine woodlands are an excellent habitat not only for the hard to miss Azure-winged Magpie, the Hoopoe but also for the rare Chameleon.

Due to its range of habitats, this site also offers good chances for the Sardinian and Dartford Warbler, Zitting Cisticola and many other interesting passerines.

All over the year, species like Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet and Kentish Plover can be observed. Some of the breeders worth mentioning are the beach-nesting Little Tern, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Woodchat Shrike and the lovely Red-rumped Swallow.

Join us on a birdwatching tour in this beautiful site. We promise you a memorable day out filled with birds.

Birdwatching tours are available every day throughout the year with several daily departures from Faro and Olhão.

Good to Know / We recommend

  • Bring casual clothing and comfortable footwear. During certain periods of the year, a wind stopper and a waterproof coat are useful if not essential.
  • A rucksack or backpack is recommended to carry a small snack, sunglasses, hat and a good sun cream.
  • A camera is an excellent idea.
  • Remember to bring enough water to avoid dehydration.
  • Avoid disturbing birds and wildlife. Please respect the most sensitive periods of the year. During breeding period avoid disturbance of nests, breeding bird colonies and other sites of dependency.
  • Respect other birdwatchers and be discreet. Be so kind to avoid disturbance of birds that are being observed.
  • Explore nature’s great outdoors. Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
  • Safety comes first, please follow the instructions and recommendations of your guide, especially those relating to safety issues.
  • Trips may be amended due to weather conditions or the physical condition of the participants should our guides deem this advisable.
  • The schedules of departures and arrivals, duration and itineraries of the activities are subject to change without prior notice due to security determined by weather conditions, winds, tides and/or any other circumstances beyond the control of Lands – Turismo na Natureza, Lda.

About our Birding Tours

  • All tours are accompanied by experienced guides with a profound knowledge of all bird species in the areas visited.
  • The price includes the use of binoculars, telescope and bird identification guides so that the participants may fully enjoy all the bird species encountered.
  • The main emphasis of these tours is birdwatching, but whilst on tour, we might have opportunities to observe wildflowers, mammals and other wildlife as well as other aspects of the Algarve’s nature and culture.
  • Tours are amended not only to the participants’ interests but also to their level of birding experience from novice to expert.

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