What makes the Algarve such a popular destination for a birdwatching holiday?
Every year we witness more and more birdwatchers visiting the Algarve on their holiday. Some years ago, locals thought this was a strange way to spend a holiday. Now we are used to visitors with binoculars even the number of Portuguese birdwatchers is increasing every year.
Portugal’s southernmost region is becoming one of the most popular destinations for a birdwatching holiday in Europe. Here is a list of the 10 top reasons why the Algarve is such a popular destination for a birdwatching holiday.
1 – The richest avifauna in Portugal
With over 250 species of birds regularly throughout the year, the Algarve holds the richest avifauna in Portugal. In the Algarve, 95% of all bird species occurring in Portugal are present in a certain period of the year.
2 – Rarities! Much and many rare species of birds to look for
The Algarve is the region of mainland Portugal where you can see more rarities annually. We have the highest occurrence of rare birds from Africa, North America and northern Europe.
3 – Great diversity of landscape to explore
The great outdoors of the Algarve promise you a memorable birdwatching holiday with many landscapes to explore like estuaries, coastal lagoons, reedbeds, dense cork oak forests, mountains, beaches, the open sea, coastal cliffs, farmland, Mediterranean scrub forest and much more.
4 – Promising protected areas to go out
Approximately 40% of the Algarve is protected. That means your outings in the Algarve may include 2 Nature Parks, 1 Nature Reserve, 2 Classified Sites and numerous Natura 2000 sites.
5 – There are 10 Important Bird Areas
IBAS is an acronym for Important Bird Areas. They are priority areas for bird conversation. In the Algarve, you can visit 10 of these important bird sites.
6 – It is only 1-hour from the Alentejo
Only 1-hour drive from the Alentejo, a birdwatching holiday in the Algarve offers you the possibility to observe rare birds in the Alentejo. Local specialities include the Great Bustard, the Black-bellied Sandgrouse or the Spanish Imperial Eagle.
7 – A region with a very mild climate
The very mild and pleasant climate of the Algarve offers you the possibility of brilliant outings all year round, meaning you can organize your birding holiday even in winter.
8 – Plenty of accommodation to choose from
There is plenty of accommodation throughout the Algarve. You may choose hotels, pousadas, cottages, resort hotels and many more.
9 – Good connection of direct flights
To organize your holiday, you have a wide choice of direct flights to Faro from several European cities.
10 – Delicious Mediterranean local cuisine
Add to all the above friendly people and the delicious food and wine of the Algarve. You have the making of a splendid birdwatching holiday!
Browse the birdwatching tours we have available in the Algarve every day around Faro.