Located in the southwest of Europe and sharing a border with Spain, Portugal boasts over 93 reserves to show off its 360 different bird species. It offers a fantastic diversity of habitats and birds in a small area. So during 12 days of birding, we’ll visit several species-rich areas without traveling long distances.
We’ll start within half an hour’s drive from Lisbon city centre at the Tagus and Sado Estuary Nature Reserves where you’ll see Greater Flamingo, White Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill, Little Bustard, and an excellent selection of ducks, waders, gulls and terns.
Next we’ll visit the rolling plains of Castro Verde and the Guadiana Valley Natural Park. We’ll spend four nights in this area, staying in the historic city of Mértola. We’ll conclude the trip in the Algarve region where we’ll bird in a wide range of habitats: dunes, salt marshes, lagoons, and pine woods.
Combined with birding activities, we’ll visit some of the most interesting historical and cultural sites of Portugal in Evora, Mertola, Sagres and Lisbon. We’ll wander along winding streets, historic plazas and squares en route to an array of castles, cathedrals, museums, Roman ruins and promenades. We’ll sample Portugal’s many culinary delights and great wines, including one wine tasting event.
We first ran this trip in spring 2023 and it was a huge success. Wonderful hotels, excellent meals and great birds. If you’d like to see the eBird trip report, click here.
Check out the itinerary below. For questions or to sign up, contact Eric Schroeder at TRAVELPROGRAM@GOLDENGATEAUDBON.ORG.
He will put you in touch with João Jara. Please do not contact the trip vendor first.
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(Landing page photo: Greater Bustard with photo credit to João Jara)