Birding Alentejo Portugal

Private Birding Holiday

During your 7 nights holiday you will stay in a holiday home on Monte Horizonte that is located on a 20 hectare site and where the energy supply comes for 100% of solar and wind energy. Around your house you can also experience great birding. A few days you pull yourself out, with a detailed route and location description in hand. A day and a half, you will set off with the Dutch guide in his off-road vehicle.

One day (7 – 8 hours) you go with him to the steppes of the Alentejo, which is similar to the Extremadura in Spain, looking for special steppe species, such as the Little Bustards and Great Bustards, Black-bellied Sandgrouses, Stone Curlew, European Bee-eaters, European Rollers, Montagu´s Harriers and much more. The half day (4 hours) excursion goes to the Lagoa of Santo André.

Except for the 2 excursions included in the price you are completely free to change the program or skip one or more suggested excursions. Since it is your holiday you should enjoy
this holiday the way you want. The two guided excursions will be planned in advance.

Birding Holiday in the Alentejo region of Portugal.

Individual Bird Watching

  • Bird Watching in 6 Different Habitats
  • Private Bird Hides
  • Private Birding Excursions
  • Rural Tourism with Pool
  • Fully Licensed
Great-Bustard Birding Portugal

Great Bustard

European Bee-eater

European Bee-eater Birding Portugal
  • Bird Watching in 6 Different Habitats
  • Private Bird Hides
  • Private Birding Excursions
  • Rural Tourism with Pool
  • Fully Licensed

About Us

And Why Portugal

We, Marianne en Bert Snijder, are a Dutch family who migrated 21 years ago to Portugal leaving the rat race already going on in Holland. With our daughter Eline, now 13 years old, we run our rural tourism Monte Horizonte with 6 private houses and a swimming pool. But main business the last years was birding. As a fully licensed bird guide, I, Bert, can go to places where you normally can not come which gives you the opportunity to see rare birds.

Portugal, but especially the Alentejo region, is an amazing place with few but friendly people, low criminality, very good food and wines, deserted beaches, mild climate with 300 sunny days a year and a clean ocean.

Now you know why we decided to go.

MEET OUR

TEAM OF WIZARDS

Bert Birdwatching Alentejo Portugal

Bert Snijder

OWNER

Bert is a lifelong birder and nature enthusiast. He will be your guide during the birding excursions and if you are a photographer and need help, you will get a workshop photography during the excursion or in the bird hides.

Marianne Birdwatching Alentejo Portugal

Marianne Snijder

OWNER

Marianne is holding the fort together and is ever ready to help you out with whatever questions you may have. She is now starting also with photography in her limited spare time.

Eline Birdwatching Alentejo Portugal

Eline Snijder

PHOTOGRAPHER

The youngest member of the family is a very enthusiastic photographer with passion for butterflies and dragonflies and getting better everyday with bird photography. She will be your guide for butterfly excursions on our property.

MONTE HORIZONTE

OUR ACCOMMODATIONS

BIRD HIDES

We have 9 bird hides to your disposal in different habitats for a lot of different birds. Some hides are built especially for the Great Bustards or Roller, others for Egrets or forest birds.

Bird Hide BSP1 Portugal

BIRD HIDE BSP1

This bird hide at our property http://montehorizonte.com is free for use for 1 day for those who book our birding holiday. You are entitled to one morning and one afternoon in the bird hide for free, additional time in the bird hide is possible for a small fee but depends on availability.

Bird Hide BSP2 Portugal

BIRD HIDE BSP2

This bird photography hide has been constructed especially for the winter birds and can be rented for 200 euros per day with a maximum of 3 photographers. The guide will always be present. Price is including guide and transport from Monte Horizonte. Best time is between the end of November until the end of March.

Bird Hide BSP3 Photography Portugal

BIRD HIDE BSP3

The bird hide near Sines is beautifully located on the waterfront and near the Atlantic Ocean. The hut is useful throughout the year and especially good for rare Egrets, Kingfishers, Swifts, Spoonbills, Terns etc.

Bird Hide BSP4 Portugal

BIRD HIDE BSP4

This bird photography hide has been constructed especially for the Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Common Crane and Black-bellied Sandgrouse. But there is also change at Iberian Magpie, Woodlark, Spanish Sparrow, Short-toed Eagle, Hen harrier, Red Kite, Red-legged Partridge, Cattle Egret, Rock Sparrow and more.

Bird Hide BSP5 Portugal

BIRD HIDE BSP5

This bird photography hide has been constructed especially for the Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Common Crane and Black-bellied Sandgrouse. But there is also change at Iberian Magpie, Woodlark, Spanish Sparrow, Short-toed Eagle, Hen harrier, Red Kite, Red-legged Partridge, Cattle Egret, Rock Sparrow and more.

Bird Hide BSP6 Portugal

BIRD HIDE BSP6

This bird photography hide has been constructed especially for the European Roller and Lesser Kestrel and can be rented for 395 euros per day with a maximum of 3 photographers. Price is including guide and transport from Monte Horizonte.

Bird Hide BSP7 Portugal

BIRD HIDE BSP7

This bird photography hide has been constructed especially for the lek of the Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Common Crane and Black-bellied Sandgrouse.

BSP8

SOON

BSP9

SOON

SOME OF OUR BIRDS

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Guestbook
  • Sérgio Silva / 21/08/2017:
    Quiet, with a fantastic sky and views The small one bedroom house was perfect, the first impression with the gravel roads is daunting, but with... »
  • Bert / 22/11/2016:
    You could fly either to Lisbon or Faro, it does not make much difference. Most people book our birding week which includes 2 excursions with... »
  • Len & Jean Gazzard / 21/11/2016:
    Looks fabulous very interested for a private tour for 2 people who love birds all wildlife also have a passion for photography. We should like... »
  • Addy / 01/06/2014:
    Een heerlijke week op Monte Horizonte gehad. De excursies met Bert waren erg leuk, veel vogelsoorten gezien en veel geleerd! Het terrein zelf is ook... »
  • Daniela / 10/04/2012:
    5 - 8 abril de 2012. É muito bom aproveitar o que o Alentejo tem para oferecer: a calma, a tranquilidade, os paisagens, a simpatia... »

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