If you love birdwatching and you’re on holiday in the Algarve, don’t miss out this wonderful birdwatching tour through Portugal’s incredible Ria Formosa.
Enjoy a 3-hour private birdwatching tour exploring the saltpans of Tavira at the very heart of Ria Formosa and discover the most important wetland for aquatic birds in the Algarve with a guide who loves birds as much you do.
Hotel Vila Galé Albacora – Arraial Ferreira Neto
8800-901 Tavira Algarve – Portugal
37°07’09.4″N 7°37’37.9″ W
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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
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On this private tour, we explore the complex of salt pans in Tavira at the very heart of Ria Formosa. Considered an excellent birdwatching spot in the Algarve, you’ll discover the beauty of this protected area and its incredible bird life.
Your enthusiastic tour leader will make sure to show you all the bird species that inhabit the area. Put on your birding hat and join us on a fantastic birding experience in Southern Portugal’s most beautiful and important wetland.
The neat rows of salinas are a salt extraction age-old tradition in the Algarve producing the finest salt in Portugal. These still operating traditional and industrial saltpans shelter a wide range of birds according to the season. The habitats surrounding this complex of salt pans are mainly salt marshes, dunes and farmland making it particularly interesting for waterfowl, mainly waders.
During this tour sightings of large numbers of Greater Flamingo are quite common and good views of Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Whimbrel, Curlew and Kentish Plover are likely all year round. With thousands of waterfowl throughout the year, the area offers excellent views of waders like Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Stint and many more.
The salinas of Tavira are also very suitable for many species of gulls and Audouin’s gull and Slender-billed Gulls are some of the highlights frequently spotted here. The area is also regularly visited by the Black-shouldered Kite, Sandwich Tern and the Caspian Tern during winter.
The colorful Bee-eater, Stone Curlew and the beach-nesting Little Tern are frequent encountered during the breeding season and are some of this season’s delights. The area also attracts other interesting species worth mentioning such as the Crested Lark, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler and many other passerines making it well worthy of a day out birdwatching.
Join us exploring the bird life of this amazing protected area. We promise you a splendid day out filled with birds.
Birdwatching tours are available every day throughout the year with several daily departures from Tavira and Faro.