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Birdwatching in Salgados Lagoon “Pêra Marsh” – Algarve

Birdwatching in the Algarve Ria Formosa | Lands - Turismo na Natureza

Enjoy a 3-hour private birdwatching tour with an enthusiastic local guide in Salgados Lagoon, one of the most interesting places for birdwatching in the Algarve.


On this 3-hour private birdwatching tour exploring the Salgados Lagoon, you’ll discover one of the most interesting places for birdwatching in the Algarve in the company of one of our enthusiastic tour leaders.

Salgados Lagoon or Pêra Marsh is a well-known coastal lagoon listed in Portugal’s Important Bird Areas. It’s one of the few wetlands on the western Algarve coast and a very important site for bird life with over 200 species recorded.

Tour details

3 hours
170,00 € (per group up to 4 people)
Private tour
private birdwatching tour accompanied by an experienced guide
use of binoculars, telescope and bird identification guides
Marina de 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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08: 30 am
available everyday throughout the year


On this private tour you’ll explore Salgados Lagoon and its amazing bird life in the company of an enthusiastic bird tour leader.

This area is a coastal lagoon and one of the few wetlands in the western Algarve coast. Salgados main body of water is formed by the confluence of two small rivers and due to its importance, the site as been listed in Portugal’s Important Bird Areas.

With over 200 species recorded, during this tour you’ll enjoy good views of a wide variety of waterfowl, including ducks, herons and waders. Black-winged Stilt and Avocet are common species here and the Purple Swamphen is one of the local specialties.

It’s a very important site for bird life in the Algarve, including breeding Little Bittern, Purple Heron and Ferruginous Duck, which is regularly seen here. Regarding the later species, this is the only site in Portugal where the species has been confirmed breeding in the past.

Terns, Greater Flamingos and even Glossy Ibis might be encountered. During migratory season, this area is very important for the Spoonbill and several rarities like the Ruff, the Wood Sandpiper, the Buff-breasted Sandpiper and also for swallows that feed here in thousands.

On the west side of the lagoon, there is a vast area of fields and shrubs rich in bird life offering good views of migrant and wintering passerines.

Your enthusiastic tour leader will make sure to show you all the bird species that inhabit the area. Join us exploring the bird life of this amazing protected area. We promise you a splendid day out filled with good views of birds.

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

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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