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Portugal in Winter

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When: Feb 05, 2020 12:00 AM to Feb 16, 2020 11:55 PM
Erin Law

Experience lovely Portugal during its mild winter with very pleasant weather during the day. Also, we will enjoy the wonderful cuisine on the Iberian Peninsula!

Little Bustard
Little Bustard by Francesco Varanesi

Destinations and Birds

From Cape Saint Vincent, we will watch the sea for Great Skua, Balearic Shearwater, and Northern Gannet and look in other habitats for specialties such as Blue Rock Thrush and European Golden-Plover. With luck we may find Eleonora’s Falcon.

There will be many shorebirds (Bar-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Little Stint) to find in the many excellent and productive wetlands in the Algarve, such as Quinto do Lago, Rio de Alvor, and Lagoa de Salgados. This area is also great for wintering Bluethroat.

In the dry steppes of the Alentejo we will look for Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Common Crane, larks, and Great and Little Bustard. An excursion to the Vale do Guadiana should yield Griffon Vultures and maybe the rare and exciting Bonelli’s Eagle.

On our last day we will explore the Belém Tower, an architectural jewel and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will also visit the São Jorge castle overlooking the center of Lisbon and then we will spend the afternoon in delightful Sintra. 

Sintra by Daniel Lerps

Registration Details

Fee: $3,095 members / $3,395 non-members
Single supplement: $400
Deposit: $1700
Trip Leader: Stefan Schlick
Group Size: 12 participants



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