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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.

Birdwatching
Bird Hides
Birding Excursions
Rural Tourism
Short-toed Eagle


Flamingo


Red-legged Partridge


Blue Rock Thrush


Lesser Kestrel


European Roller



Griffon Vulture

MEET OUR

TEAM OF WIZARDS





Bert Snijder

OWNER

Bert is a lifelong birder and nature enthusiast. He will be you guide during the birding excursions.









Marianne Snijder

OWNER

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





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 and dragonfly excursions on our 50 acre property,

MONTE HORIZONTE

OUR ACCOMMODATIONS


Casa Camélia

CASA CAMELIA T1

This detached 1 bedroom holiday house is situated the southernmost and between holiday house Oliveira and holiday villa Sobreiro and has about 2000 m2 of private gardens and woodland. The holiday house has a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen with appliances, such as a cooker and refrigerator. The bathroom has a toilet, washbasin, bidet and shower.


Casa Mimosa

CASA MIMOSA T1

This detached 1 bedroom birdwatching holiday house is situated closest to the pool and has about 2000 m2 of private gardens and woodland. The holiday house has a living room, a bedroom, a kitchen with appliances, such as a cooker and refrigerator. The bathroom has a toilet, washbasin, bidet and shower.


Casa Oliveira

CASA OLIVEIRA T1

The isolated 1 bedroom holiday house Oliveira is located near the end of the path and the furthest away from the pool. The holiday house has plenty of privacy and has a beautiful view of one of our valleys. The holiday house has about 3000 m2 of private woodland and gardens.


Casa Borboleta

CASA BORBOLETA T2


This 2 bedroom birding holiday cottage comprises a living room, 2 bedrooms, an open kitchen with ie gas-stove and  refrigerator.

The bathroom has a shower, WC and wash-stand. There is a TV set in with several foreign senders like CNN etc.


Casa Passaro

CASA PASSARO T2


This 2 bedroom birdwatching holiday cottage comprises a living room, 2 bedrooms, an open kitchen with ie gas-stove and  refrigerator. The bathroom has a shower, WC and wash-stand.

There is a TV set in with several foreign senders like CNN etc.


Casa Sobreiro

CASA SOBREIRO T2

This detached 2 bedroom birding holiday villa is on the south-eastern part of our property and has about 2000 m2 of private gardens and woodland. The birding holiday villa has a living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen with appliances, such as a cooker and refrigerator. The bathroom has a toilet, washbasin, bidet and shower.

BIRD HIDES

We have 8 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

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

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

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.


Bird Hide BSP4

BIRD HIDE BSP4

This bird photography hide has been constructed especially for the Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Common Crane and Black-bellies 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

BIRD HIDE BSP5

This bird photography hide has been constructed especially for the Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Common Crane and Black-bellies 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

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

SOON

BIRD HIDE BSP8

SOON

PHOTOGRAPHY

SOME OF OUR BIRDS

Griffon Vulture


Yellow-crowned Bishop


Water Rail


Short-toed Eagle


Flamingo


Common Crane

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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 each day, we loved it more and more, silent, next to really charming nearby places and beaches, but what sells it is the almost perfect nature surroundings of the actual house. Perfect for relaxing with a good wine, a book, go for a swim in the pool. It's like meditation without the actual meditation. You just fell at peace. Like I said the first impression might not be the best, but you will never want to leave. The houses are charming, have everything you actually need, not what you might want. The TV was a shock. Small with few channels, bit by the end of the stay you really don't even care about "the outside world", you are so immersed in beauty, nature and peace. Really an experience I would recommend to anyone that it's stressed with the daily life. Even if you don't realize it. I want to live in a place like that, and

Sérgio Silva

Sometimes all of us need some peace & tranquility in our lives and "Monte Horizonte" is the perfect place for both, made attainable by the efforts of Marianne & Bert.
The warmth of the Alentejo is matched by the hospitality of our hosts and we hope to visit again sometime soon.
Thanks to Bert for his advice of taking us to the lagoon at St. Andre for the birdwatching.
Até brêve,
Steve & Shirley
United Kingdom

Steve & Shirley

Our personal Monte Horizonte Song*
I like the Casa
I like the Butterfly Tree
I like the Cork Oaks
I like the pending pine (tree)
I like the quier, peace and tranquility
Boondeyadee, boondeeyadee, boondeyadee, boondeyadee
I like the "praias"
I like the rolling waves,
I like "babugem"
I like the thunder foam,
I like the thrilling swim when the surf is high,
Boondeyadee, boondeyadee, – – – –
I like solar power,
I like the wind turbine,
I like the barbeque,
I like the barking dogs,
I like the quite unique hospitality,
Boondeyadee, boondeyadee, – – – –
Many thanks, Bert, Marianne & Eline for three marvelous weeks at Casa Oliveira,
Gabriele & Peter
* Sing to the famous tune of the Welsh song:
"I like the flowers, I like the daftledils…….."
United Kingdom

Gabriele & Peter

Marianne, Eline and Bert,
We would like to say thank you for a wonderful stay at Monte Horizonte.
We love what you have done with the establishment, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Mimosa.
Our favorite parts were the beautiful interior and the outdoor grill.
We appreciated the very warm welcome we received from yourselves as well as Beth and Bob.
We look forward to staying here again and to our next visit to this beautiful part of the world.
Keith & Sarah
Germany

Keith & Sarah

Dear Bert, Marianne and Eline,
Our first visit to Portugal was absolutely wonderful.
Thankyou all for your warm welcome, friendship and hospitality (where did you hide the sunshine?)
The cuckoo and the nightengale, and the toads were very nice and noisy.
The most beautiful beaches nearby, and high tide at the lagoon was magical.
We have plenty of very happy memories. You have been great.
This place is so peaceful, so tasteful.
Goddluck and happy retirement.
Debbie
United Kingdom

Debbie

Last week was 25-30 degrees, this week chilly and we have had more rain then we have in a month at home! But never mind.
We have had a great time and Bert and Marianne have been great fun. Super place, super beaches and super birds (short-toed eagle, bee eater, nightingale all in one day).
Thanks for all. And now home to the dry and the warm!
Robin
United Kingdom

Robin

Kingfisher

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LOCATION

Herdade do Seixinal, Cx Postal 7563, Aldeia dos Chãos, 7540 060 Santiago do Cacém

E-MAIL

bert@birdwatchingalentejo.com

WORK HOURS

7AM – 19PM

PHONE

+351 269 825 383