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Birdwatching in the saltpans of Tavira – Ria Formosa – Tavira

Birdwatching in the Saltpans of Tavira - Algarve

Join us on a guided birwatching tour in the Algarve. On this half-day tour, we explore the salt pans of Tavira at the very heart of Ria Formosa to enjoy the best of the Algarve bird life.


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.

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
Arraial Ferreira Neto | Tavira

Hotel Vila Galé Albacora – Arraial Ferreira Neto
Quatro Águas
8800-901 Tavira Algarve – Portugal

37°07’09.4″N 7°37’37.9″ W
37.119270, -7.627180
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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
37.015127, -7.937104
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08: 30 am
available every day throughout the year


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.

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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