The Algarve is Portugal's birdwatching hotspot as it has the most bird species in the country. If you're a nature lover and you're interested in birdlife, you're in the right place.
All year round, in different areas and distinct habitats, sharpen your senses and observe the shapes, colours and movements of a variety of birds. Listen to songs and calls, and you may well be surprised by those rarer species that you did not expect to see. With the help of binoculars or just the naked eye, marvel at their graceful flight and don't forget your camera to capture those moments to cherish.
When you visit Monchique and its mountains, with the highest point in the Algarve, you are likely to see large birds of prey such as the golden eagle, Bonelli's eagle, the short-toed snake eagle and the Eurasian eagle-owl. In terms of ornithology, the Monchique mountains are also important for the wide range of songbirds attracted by its dense forests.
Further south, in the Arade Estuary in Portimão and also in the Alvor River, considered the most important estuary system of the western Algarve, wading birds can frequently be spotted. From Alvor beach, follow a walkway that runs the length of the dunes, from where you can see the entire estuary. Among the most interesting species are the pink flamingo, the little tern, the western yellow wagtail and the bluethroat.