It is also possible to book a shorter or longer holiday with us.
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 on the day of your arrival.
Example of a daily program of your birding holiday in the Alentejo region of Portugal:
Drive from Faro or Lisbon airport to Monte Horizonte in Santiago do Cacém (duration respectively. Approx 2 or 1.5 hours). Watch out for the raptors such as Black-winged Kite and Red Kite and other birds such as the Azure-winged Magpie, White Stork and Cattle Egret. Upon arrival at Monte Horizonte you will receive a warm welcome by the Dutch owners Bert and Marianne and full explanation of the functioning of Monte Horizonte. They can tell you everything about the day trips, best places to eat, where you can do your shopping and help you with all your questions. You have the ability to immediately see many birds on the property. In the evening you can, depending on the season, enjoy the sound of the Scop’s Owl and the Tawny Owl, the crickets and frogs.
This morning you will go with a guide in his 4WD half a day to the lagoon of Santo André. A trip to this protected sanctuary offers in average between 30 and 50 different birds. Depending the season you can see the Glossy Ibis, Purple Swamphen, Flamingo, Spoonbill, Little Egret, Squacco Heron, Night Heron, Osprey, Great Reed Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Blue-winged Teal, Pochard, Marsh Harrier, Stone Curlew, Black-winged Kite, Tern, Cetti ‘ s Warbler, Red Knot, Black-winged Stilt, Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel and much more. In the afternoon, you can watch the birds on Monte Horizonte or explore the historic town of Santiago do Cacém.
Today you go to the area of Sines. First to Ria de Moinhos, a small lagoon where you can see birds like the Black-necked Grebe, Hen Harrier, Common Tern and Reed Warbler. Lunch can be used in the only restaurant in Ria de Moinhos where typical Alentejo cuisine for very reasonable prices is served. Then it’s on to the cliffs of Sines where you can watch the diving Gannet, the Yellow-legged Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Turnstone and sometimes the rare Balearic Sshearwater of which less than 2000 still exist. This is also an excellent place to see migratory birds coming from the far north on their way to southern Africa.
Early up because you are going with the guide in his 4WD the full day to the steppes. In search of the Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Red Kite, Golden Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Griffon Vulture and Black Vulture and depending on the season, the Crane, Roller, Lesser Kestrel, Montagu’s Harrier and Thekla Lark among the many other species that can be seen. Lunch is set in a pleasant restaurant where delicious food at very reasonable prices can be eaten.
Again early up because you go to the sanctuary of the River Sado. The national bird conservation states that on an average day 80 different birds can be seen here and on a good day even 100. The area is near the tidal River Sado and at low tide there are thousands of birds foraging. Watch out for the Red-breasted Merganser, Pipits, Bluethroat, Bonelli´s Warbler, Crested Lark, Whimbrel, Zitting Cisticola, Red-necked Nightjar, Quail, Red-throated Loon, Marsh Sandpiper, Pallid Sswift, Kingfisher, Black-headed Weaver and many species of ducks, waders and raptors.
Today is a day full of variety. You go inland to a lake called Lagoa dos Patos. Near this lake is the large reservoir of Odivelas and another smaller lake. There are also rice fields that attract birds. The interesting thing about this day is that you can see steppe birds as well as waterfowl. The variation in species is high, so you can see the Hoopoe, Stone Curlew, Little Bustard, Montagu’s Harrier, Roller as wel as Ringed Plover, Greenshank, several Larks and a variety of raptors. On this day, we recommend you to take a packed lunch. Pay particular attention during the trip up on the many special birds which can be seen as the Iberian Grey Shrike and Azure-winged Magpie.
Today you have the choice to return to your favorite bird area again. You can return to the steppe birds and on the basis of a detailed route drive through the area, or return to the lagoon of Santo Andre, or the sanctuary of the River Sado or the cliffs and the lagoon near Sines. You can also choose to spend the day at Monte Hoizonte and relax by the pool to watch the birds. A beach walk is also an option. The Dutch owners can help you in your choice and can provide you with all the information.
End of the holiday. By (rental) car drive in about 1.5 hours back to Lisbon or about 2 hours back to Faro.
For any questions please contact us.