1. Portugal
  2. Algarve
  3. Faro
  4. Ria Formosa

Bird Watching in the Algarve: 3-Hour Tour from Faro

Product ID: 40539
Enjoy bird watching in the protected areas of Ludo and Quinta do Lago in the Ria Formosa Nature Park on this private 3-hour tour from Faro. These 2 areas are extraordinary places for bird watching and in fact some of the best birding spots in the Algarve.
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Duration: 3 hours
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  • Enjoy a guided bird watching tour in the protected areas of Ludo and Quinta do Lago in the Ria Formosa Nature Park
  • Look out for some local species including Little Bittern, Purple Swamphen, and Red-crested Pochard
  • Discover the one of the best bird watching spots in the Algarve
Full description
On this private 3-hour tour from Faro you enjoy explore the protected areas of Ludo and Quinta do Lago in the Ria Formosa Nature Park. This area is a compulsory stop for all birdwatchers in the Algarve. It is made of a mosaic of pine woodlands, saltpans, farmland, marshlands, and freshwater ponds. Some of the local species are Little Bittern, Purple Swamphen, and Red-crested Pochard. These species can be observed in the reedy pool on the edge of fresh water ponds.

All over the year, species like Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, and Kentish Plover can be observed. Other breeders include Collared Pranticole, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, Woodchat Shrike, and beach-nesting Little Tern.

Autumn is marked by several migrant passerines, including Melodious and Willow Warblers, Tawny Pipit, and Bluethroat. The reed beds are important for several nesting water bird species and also for large numbers of migrating passerines during both autumn and spring migration.

Winter is quite interesting mostly due to the huge concentrations of waders and ducks that take refuge here. The Caspian Tern, Northern Pintail, Osprey, Black-shouldered Kite, Marsh Harrier, and Booted Eagle are regular visitors during the coldest period of the year.

Sightings of reasonable numbers of Greater Flamingo are common all year round and excellent views of Azure-winged Magpie, Hoopoe, and Sardinian Warbler are some of the other highlights. Ludo and Quinta do Lago are well worth discovering, so a bird watching tour in this beautiful site should not be overlooked!
  • Guidance by a nature and birding tour guide
  • Use of binoculars and telescope
  • Field guides and maps about the Ria Formosa Nature Park
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Transfers
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Edifício Ginásio Clube Naval Doca de Recreio de Faro 8000-541 Faro Algarve - Portugal N 37º 0'54.19" W -007º 56'13.74"

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• 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 good sun cream
• A camera is an excellent idea
• Remember to bring enough water to avoid dehydration
• 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 your 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

From US$ 158.79 Per group up to 4

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