Ria Formosa Birdwatching Tour from Faro


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  • 3 HoursStart time 08:30am
  • Max People: 41 Person Min Per Booking
  • Marina of Faro

Faro Bird Watching at its Finest

If you’re staying in the Algarve and you like birdwatching, make sure to join Lands on our wonderful Ria Formosa bird watching walking tour. Enjoy a 3-hour private Algarve birding tour in the protected areas of Ludo and Quinta do Lago and discover the best of the Algarve bird life with an expert local guide.

This private tour departs from Faro to explore the protected areas of Ludo and Quinta do Lago. These two areas are extraordinary places for birdwatching. The fact is: these areas are some of the best birding spots in the entire Algarve and our guides are all fully qualified biologists with a passion for their local area.

Put on your birding hat and have a great time out discovering one of the best birdwatching spots of the Algarve.

What Birds to Expect on this Algarve Birding Adventure

Ria Formosa is a mosaic of pine woodlands, saltpans, farmland, marshlands, and freshwater ponds. The local specialities here are the Little Bittern, the Purple Swamphen, the Red-crested Pochard, and the exotic Black-headed weaver — most likely seen in the reedy pool on the edge of freshwater ponds.

Several migrant passerines mark autumn, including Melodious and Willow Warblers, Tawny Pipit, and Bluethroat. The reed beds are vital for several nesting waterbird species and large numbers of migrating passerines during the autumn and spring migration.

Some beautiful birds can be found in Ria Formosa all-year-round, such as the Spoonbill, the Black-winged Stilt, the Avocet, and the Kentish Plover. Other breeders include Collared Pratincole, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, Woodchat Shrike, and beach-nesting Little Tern.

Winter is quite interesting due to the concentrations of waders and ducks that take refuge here. Other interesting visiting species during winter include the Caspian Tern, the Osprey, the Black-shouldered Kite, the Marsh Harrier, and the Booted Eagle.

Sightings of reasonable numbers of the Greater Flamingo are common all year round. Excellent views of the sociable Azure-winged Magpie, the hard-to-miss Hoopoe, and the lovely Sardinian Warbler are also highlights.

Join us on a birdwatching tour of this beautiful natural haven for birdlife, and if you’d like a great complimentary tour, try our Ria Formosa Birdwatching Boat Trip or any of our other Faro Boat Tours. Find out more information below and please get in touch if you have any questions.

Price per Tour: 140,00 €

Minimum number of participants: 1 adult

Maximum number of participants: 4 participants


Departure & Return Location

Marina of Faro

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Price Includes

  • 3-hour private birdwatching walking tour
  • Use of binoculars, telescope, and bird identification guides
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary by a knowledgeable local guide
  • Transfer from meeting point to the starting point of the tour and return

Price Excludes

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • All other extras

Algarve Birdwatching Conditions

  • A minimum of 1 adults per booking is required.
  • A maximum of 4 people per booking.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Safety comes first, please follow the instructions and recommendations of your skipper, especially those relating to safety issues.
  • All tours are accompanied by experienced guides with a profound knowledge of all bird species in the areas visited.
  • 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.
  • Trips may be amended due to weather conditions or the physical condition of the participants should our guides deem this advisable.
  • Avoid disturbing birds and wildlife. Please respect the most sensitive periods of the year. During the breeding period, avoid disturbance of nests, breeding bird colonies, and other sites of dependency.
  • Respect other birdwatchers and be discreet. Be so kind as to avoid disturbance of birds that are being observed.
  • Explore nature’s great outdoors. Take only pictures, leave only footprints.



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