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Observing flamingoes and other wading birds at the Tagus Estuary
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Sipping local fine wine beside a Cork Oak forest
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Wandering through butterfly- and wildflower-filled meadows in the Alentejo
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Standing atop a coastal cliff at mainland Europe’s southwestern point
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Searching for endemic birds, herptiles, and plants in the Algarve

South Portugal in Spring

Apr 14-23, 2024

10 days | Portugal | Quest Nature Tours

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In mid-April while much of the temperate north is still plodding through the cool days of early spring, the warm season is already well underway in South Portugal. Migratory birds have returned from their African wintering grounds; dazzling butterflies seek nectar over wildflower-covered hillsides; and Cork Oak trees have replaced last year’s leaves with fresh ones.

On this leisurely tour, we visit three distinct regions: Lisbon-area estuaries, the rolling hills of the Alentejo, and the south coast of the Algarve — all in relatively close proximity to one another owing to Portugal’s small size. This gives us sufficient time to deeply connect with each region and observe its unique animals and plants, many of which are endemic to the Iberian Peninsula. Olive groves and vineyards are always close by, meaning there are continuous opportunities to sample fresh local foods and fine wine.

Just to the east of Lisbon is the Tagus Estuary, where flamingoes feed alongside waterfowl and other wading birds on the extensive inter-tidal mudflats and salt marshes. At the nearby Companhia das Lezírias, learn about the fascinating and sustainable process of cork extraction while sipping local wine among Cork Oak trees. Inland to the southeast are the rolling hills of the Alentejo. Here, meadows filled with colourful native wildflowers attract myriad butterflies, while cereal steppe is the haunt of sandgrouse and bustards. The tapestry of dunes and wetlands along the south coast in the Algarve hosts specialty plants and herptiles, including Mediterranean Chameleons. Standing atop the cliffs at land’s-end in Sagres and Cape St. Vincent is a spell-binding experience. On our way back to Lisbon, we visit the Monchique Mountains to gaze back over Portugal’s magnificent southwestern shore.

We can expect warm days and sunny skies as we immerse ourselves in the natural phenomena that intersect in South Portugal each spring.
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Tour Cost (per person):
US$4850 includes taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
12 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers on tour start and end dates; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; ground transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned bus; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees to parks, protected areas, museums, and cultural sites; meals as specified in itinerary; wine during select meals; bottled water; free use of optical equipment and field guides; services of local guides; services of your Quest Leader Pete Read; fully escorted by a local English-speaking naturalist guide

"Pete is an awesome trip leader. He was totally organized and had everything running on time. His knowledge of birds, plants and other wildlife is outstanding. He kept the group together and allowed time to enjoy the places we visited. He is a fun person to be with." - Quest traveller

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Lisbon / To Alcochete / Tagus Estuary
2Tagus Estuary / Wine tasting at Companhia das Lezírias
3To the Alentejo via Pancas
4-5The Alentejo
6Mértola town tour / To the Algarve
7-8The Algarve
9To Lisbon via the Monchique Mountains
10Depart Lisbon
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Pete Read travels the world on the lookout for amazing landscapes of the most remote kind. A well-known naturalist, Pete brings a special focus on wildlife and wild places to our tours.

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Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
US$4850 includes taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
12 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers on tour start and end dates; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; ground transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned bus; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees to parks, protected areas, museums, and cultural sites; meals as specified in itinerary; wine during select meals; bottled water; free use of optical equipment and field guides; services of local guides; services of your Quest Leader Pete Read; fully escorted by a local English-speaking naturalist guide

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