The very special holiday homes

at the Ria Formosa



Bird Paradise Ria Formosa


The Ria Formosa is a rather unknown but therefore all the more surprising area for bird enthusiasts. Whether you are on your way with binoculars and field guide on your own or whether you are in the Quinta do Marim, the environmental education center of the nature reserve Ria Formosa: everywhere you will see rare birds that already inspired many an expert.

Come and join us in a tidal flat hiking and it will be our pleasure to show you some of the numerous places.


Bird watching under the direction of Rudolf Wittmann who also generously put the photos of this side at our disposal.



Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo


Calidris alba

Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica


Saxicola torquata

Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio


Recurvirostra avosetta

Black-winget Stilt

Himantopus himantopus




Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Western Reef Heron

Egretta gularis

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta

Blach-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Little Owl

Athene noctua

Audouin's Gull

Larus audouinii

Red-crested Pochard

Netta rufina

Spottet Redshank

Tringa totanus

Sardinian Warbler

Sylvia melanocepahla

Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres


In addition to tidal flat hiking directly in front your door step we recommend also the following places where bird watching is particularly interesting:

Salt-pans between Livramento and Fuzeta as well as between Tavira and Quatro Águas


Quinta do Marim - Center for Environmental Investigation of Ria Formosa

Praia de Faro

Foto von Alquimista

Beach and salt-pans at Quinta do Lagoa


Sapal de Castro Marim near Vila Real de Santo António


Photos of Câmara Municipal de Castro Marim

Seabird Migration in Cabo de São Vicente and Ponta de Sagres


For further information about birdwathing, we recomend the following sites:


Casa Bela Sombra             Casa Barrada        Casa Palmito




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