Monchique, Mexilhoeira Grande, Portugal
An exquisite birdwatching destination, especially during the vibrant spring season. This area is particularly known for sightings of the Rock Bunting and a variety of Warbler species.
The tour is accessible to both adults and children at a uniform rate of 68 € per person. Additionally, there are tailored experiences for private groups, with a requirement of at least four participants.
Duration: The tour spans an extensive eight hours, allowing for thorough exploration and birdwatching.
About the Tour:
The journey commences in the Algarve’s inland, focusing on the hills around Monchique. Despite the prevalence of Eucalyptus, pockets of Cork Oaks remain, serving as habitats for various birds. The tour includes a visit to Foia, the highest point at 902 meters, offering potential sightings of Black Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush, and Rock Bunting.
These regions are habitats for the Whitethroat, Sardinian, Dartford, and Melodious Warblers.
Lower Elevation Area
This part of the tour is characterized by more trees and opportunities to see Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Short-toed Treecreeper, and Jay. Birds of prey like Kestrel, Buzzard, and occasionally Sparrowhawk, Short-toed, or Bonelli’s Eagle are also spotted.
The lunch break at Caldas de Monchique, a serene spa village, is under the shade of large trees, with the sounds of water and birds like Nuthatch, Great and Blue Tit, and Grey Wagtails.
A relaxing walk around the village, increasing chances to spot Firecrest, Nightingale, Blackcap, and Robin.
What is Included
The tour includes a guide, a checklist, the use of field guides, and a drink either at the end or middle of the day. All transportation costs are encompassed in the tour price.
The Monchique birdwatching tour is an immersive experience, combining the stunning landscapes of Algarve's inland with the diverse world of birdwatching, all complemented by essential amenities and a picturesque lunch setting.