Birding Holidays and Prices
A brief description of some of the various Birding excursions offered at the Quinta and their costs. 

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Local Half Days
Local Half-days can be to various sites or a combination of sites.

Corte Brique Valley
This is a gentle walk of roughly 2 hrs duration on mostly flat, level land, taking us around a wide valley with mixed, low-intensity, self-sufficient farmsteads. It lies half way towards Santa Clara a Velha and requires a ten-minute car journey to reach. We normally have a quick coffee break half an hour after the start.

Water Rail and Kingfisher Hide
This Hide is just the other side of Santa Clara a Velha and overlooks a pond through which a small stream runs. As the name suggests it is primarily a Hide for Common Kingfishers and Water Rails, the latter breeding right opposite the Hide itself in amongst a small patch of marsh, but there are also European Otters, Polecats and Egyptian Mongooses here as well as Southern, (or Southwestern), Water Voles, (Arvicola sapidus), a vulnerable IUCN Red Listed species that is considerably larger than the Eurasian, (or Northern), Water Vole, (Arvicola amphibious). It is also a good place to see any of the three species of Terrapin we have hereabouts, the European Pond Terrapin, (Emys orbicularis), the Mediterranean Pond Terrapin, (Mauremys leprosa), or the introduced Red-eared Terrapin, (Trachemys scripta).

Bee-eater Valley
The name says it all. This valley is near the station just the other side of Santa Clara a Velha and is one of the best places nearby where one can see this iconic species as it houses a breeding colony of approximately 50 pairs.

Viaduct Valley
Viaduct Valley is also near the station and is a gentle walk bordering a small river with open terrain for grassland species, as well as scrubland. It is more “open-to-the-sky” than the other local walks so one has more chance here of seeing raptors.

Paul’s Valley
This valley is approximately half an hour’s drive away and once again is a gentle walk bordering a small stream. It is renowned for harbouring Crested Tits, Cirl Buntings, Firecrests and Iberian Chiffchaffs, and is especially good for butterflies.

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Full Day Excursions
Full Day Excursions invlove an early start but we're back home again in the afternoon for a rest before an early dinner.

The Plains
The day out on the Plains of the Alentejo is probably the most exciting of our Full Day excursions and takes us to an area about 40 kms away as the crow flies in a north-easterly direction. We normally stop for breakfast on the way before birding starts proper.  As with all nature in this area, the birds are adapted to making the most of the cool of the morning and the “action” takes place during the first five hours of daylight. There are coffee stops and a picnic lunch before returning to the Quinta.

Lagoa de Santo André
This brackish coastal lagoon is situated north of the Quinta and we have breakfast just before arriving there. It is a beautiful venue and we usually spend about three hours or so at this one spot before adjourning for a coffee stop. During these three hours, we take a gentle meander along a small length of the lagoon that takes us through some marsh grass before turning inland a short way to a small pine wood. Following our stop for coffee we turn south and travel down the coast, stopping here and there before finally heading due east to return to the Quinta.

Sagres and Foia
Foia is the highest point in southern Portugal at 902 mts, and we sometimes start the day right at the summit, so warm clothing is even more essential on this outing than normal. It lies an hour’s car journey due south of the Quinta and the journey there is a gentle climb up into the hills separating the Alentejo from the Algarve. Once there we have an hour or so’s uneven walk through a scrubby habitat that attracts Dartford Warblers, Rock Buntings and Blue Rock Thrushes, before dropping down the other side of the mountain to a café and heading east to the coast and south down to Cape St Vincent and Sagres, the most south-westerly point of Europe.

The Ria Formosa, Faro
This day normally starts with a spell in a hide before we take a four km walk through the salt pans looking primarily for waders etc. If time permits we follow this with a visit to Salgados, a brackish lagoon near Albufeira before returning to the Quinta.

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Listed below is a selection of basic options for you to plan your holiday birding budget - or your budget birding holiday!
Please note that we do not sell "packages" as we're not a Travel Agency. Your stay with us at "Paradise in Portugal" has many different options, some of which are described above, and all of these are adaptable to suit individual needs and pockets.
The prices below are all for the option of joining others in "shared" outings. If you want a private guided excursion there can be an additional cost. For full details please send us an email.

The prices below do not include transfers from or to any airport or train or bus station.

It's your choice where you want to go, with who and what you'd like to see, but listed below are what some of our guests have chosen this year and the resulting total cost. 

1 week half board for 2 in a double or twin bedded room with two full day outings (covering approx 3-400 kms) any time between March 15th and July 15th or between September 8th and November 1st

1510.00€

1 week full board for 2 in a double or twin bedded room with two full day outings (covering approx 3-400 kms) any time between March 15th and July 15th or between September 8th and November 1st

1660.00€

1 week full board for 2 in a double or twin bedded room with four full day outings (covering approx 3-400 kms) any time between March 15th and July 15th or between September 8th and November 1st

2210.00€

1 week half board for 2 in a double or twin bedded room with two full day outings (covering approx 3-400 kms) between July 15th and September 8th

1810.00€

1 week full board for 2 in a double or twin bedded room with two full day outings (covering approx 3-400 kms) between July 15th and September 8th

1960.00€

1 week full board for 2 in a double or twin bedded room with four full day outings (covering approx 3-400 kms) between July 15th and September 8th

2510.00€

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Birding in Portugal

Quinta do Barranco da Estrada
7665-880 Santa Clara a Velha
Portugal

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