Get to know the diversity of seabirds that populate the Algarve coastline.
The guides are ornithologists and biologists that provide you with the extra knowledge on birdlife or allow you to find those delicate and difficult species on their natural habitats.
Most commonly observed species are: the Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris Diomedea Borealis), Fork-Tailed Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma Furcata), Great Black-Backed Gull (Larus Marinus) and the Great Skua (Stercorarius Skua) can be observed feeding, just like Scopoli's Shearwater? (calonectris diomedea borealis), Manx Shearwater? (puffinus puffinus), Balearic Shearwater (puffinus mauretanicus), Sooty Shearwater (puffinus griseus), European Storm Petrel (hydrobates pelagicus), Wilson's Storm Petrel (oceanites oceanicus), Leach's Storm Petrel (oceanodroma leucorhoa), Northern Gannet (morus bassanus), Pomarine Skua (stercorarius pomarinus), Parasitic Jaeger (stercorarius parasiticus) and the Long-Tailed Jaeger (stercorarius longicaudus).
We even have seen such rare species like the Razorbill (alca torda) and the Atlantic Puffin (fratercula arctica).
Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of Portugal’s most important protected wetlands designated as a Ramsar site and one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. This Natural Reserve of special protection covers an area of 14.000 hectares protected by a complex web of sand barriers and dunes that extents for 60 kilometers (37.2 miles) along the coast and host in a regular basis more than 20,000 waterbirds especially during winter time.
This is a crucial spot for migrant’s birds from or to Africa. More than 200 species of birds can be seen in a day on diverse habitats such as dunes, open water, inter-tidal mudflats, salt marshes, salt pans, reed beds, lagoons and pine woods.
Particularly rich in wader species and passerines, this is a great place to see rare and localized species that cannot be found anywhere else in Portugal, like Purple Swamp-hen and Little Bittern.
Birds observation and identification
Oyster and small clams farms
Olhão Main Church
Chapel of Nossa Sr.ª da Soledade
Ria Formosa Natural Park
Maritime Commitment building