Bird Watching HolidaysWe are pleased to announce that throughout the year, the Quintassential are proud to offer guests bird watching holidays or full day tours, both on land and out at sea! 

Our first bird watching holiday week was back in March 2008.

The Algarve has great diversity of habitat providing first landfall for thousands of spring migrants and a fine range of resident birds on the coast and inland, Portugal's Algarve has some of Europe's finest spring bird watching.  If you add to this a range of varied and beautiful landscapes, a rich history, friendly people and some fine food and wine, and you have the makings of a great week!

The Algarve has roughly 150 km of varied coastal habitats, from the rugged cliffs of Cape St Vincent on the Atlantic coast in the Western Algarve to the Castro Marim wetlands on the Spanish border in the east. In spring this south-facing coast attracts countless migrant waders and other birds that pass through on their way to their breeding grounds. It is not just the passing migrant birds, though, that give this area such good bird watching possibilities. An impressive array of resident and breeding birds include Azure-winged Magpie in the Stone Pines, Purple Gallinule in the freshwater marshes, and Stone Curlew on the dry heath land. In addition, the flowers in spring, whether on the heath land, the limestone cliffs, or at the Quintassential, can be spectacular and varied.

Why not treat yourself to a week of delightful birding centred on Portugal’s sunny south coast, and come and see the beautiful Algarve.

The Algarve is a favourite destination with holidaymakers and retirees from Britain and further afield, this trip will take you off the tourist track to a land where White Storks and Hoopoes, Purple Gallinules and Azure-winged Magpies offer the prospect of a truly memorable week’s birding.

You will ideally fly into Faro, but Lisbon is only just over a 2 hours drive from the Algarve. The Quintassential is located 20 minutes from Faro International Airport, so in no time at all, your birding holiday will commence. Here we have ready access to the best of southern Portugal’s coastal and inland birding sites, and you will spend a good deal of your time visiting these, enjoying easy walks and a minimal amount of driving around. Lured by the chances of finding Little Bittern, Squacco Heron or Audouin’s Gull in amongst the anticipated groups of Little and Cattle Egrets, Black-winged Stilts and an array of other birds, some wetlands are so good that we’re likely to return to them more than once.

One of the many attractions in autumn is that migrants can turn up just about anywhere, and our days might variously begin by unexpectedly finding a Woodchat Shrike perched on a cactus in the Quintassential’s garden, or thrilling to the likes of Black Kite, Short-toed Eagle and other southbound birds of prey circling above our heads. While inland, the Algarve’s pretty wooded valleys harbour residents such as Firecrest, Sardinian Warbler and Cirl Bunting.

During your stay, you will find it impossible to resist making two or three longer day trips out: west to Cape St. Vincent with its magnificent cliffs, Blue Rock Thrushes and playful Red-billed Choughs; and east to Castro Marim - where fantastic Greater Flamingos grace the bird-rich saltpans.

If all this sounds attractive, then our birding holiday to Portugal’s Algarve and a stay at the Quintassential might well have been tailor-made for you. And all in the company of our interesting, informative and entertaining guides whose love and enthusiasm for the region will make you long to return.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for further information.

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