This tour starts very early as we have a long drive (1h30) to reach Castro Verde in the Alentejo. This region has a completely different landscape from the Algarve, also meaning different bird species. We usually see the first birds of the day on the way: Storks on nests, Buzzard, Cattle Egret. We drive on an old road leading to Vale Gonçalinho, a property owned by the LPN (Liga para a Proteção da Natureza), so we can stop wherever and whenever we want to look for birds.
Vale Gonçalinho is a good place to see Rollers and Lesser Kestrels in spring as buildings have been arranged for these species to breed. Calandra Larks are abundant in winter and Black-bellied Sandgrouse is a regular sighting. The morning is spent in this property.
In the afternoon, we drive between various localities on small roads, allowing us to stop regularly. We have more opportunities to see Bustards, Sandgrouse and Harriers in the fields around. We go to a vantage point from where we have an excellent overview of the surrounding landscape. From there, we can see Cranes in winter and it is a good place to see big birds of prey.
We finish the day enjoying nice food in a restaurant in Castro Verde before travelling back home. (includes dinner in a restaurant in Castro Verde)
Also worth noticing that there are no extra costs (petrol or mileage)!
Duration: 14 h
Distance: 3 km
What is included?
Also, all taxes are already included in our prices. You just pay what is on the list.