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Birdwatching - Salgados Lagoon

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Important information:

The  tour meeting point is at the Salgados Lagoon parking place, in case you need tranfer service from your acomodation please contact us so we can organize it for you, service not included on the price.

  • Location: Albufeira
  • Duration: 4H
  • Seats available: -

The Algarve, internationally known as a touristic beach and golf destination, also benefits from an exceptional natural heritage as well as a great diversity of habitats, which shows that there is much more to discover in this little corner by the sea. From the mountains to the Ria Formosa by way of the Barrocal, it reckons with a privileged geographical location for the observation of migratory birds as well as of the thousands who winter over thanks to the mild climate.
Seacret Tours, located in the Albufeira Marina, right in the centre of the Algarve, is only 15 minutes from the Salgados Lagoon and close to the main access roads to Barlavento (west) and Sotavento (east) of the Algarve as well as to the Alentejo plains.
Each activity is adapted to the interest and experience of the participants, whether the observers are little or very experienced.

A national hot spot well known for the occurrence of rarities.

Salgados is a medium sized coastal lagoon, surrounded by a Dune System and farming fields. With easy access, between Albufeira and Silves, it´s well known for the abundance of a great number of species as more than 200 different birds have already been registered. It´s considered a national hot spot well known for birdwatching and the occurrence of rarities. In this Important Bird Area (IBA) you can observe, amongst others, the Marsh harrier, the Purpel heron, the Ferruginous duck, the Colloured pratincole or the Penduline tit. The Lesser yellowleg or the Pectoral sandpiper are some of the North American vegrants registered annually at Salgados lagoon. As season highlights, we suggest spring when a large number of species start breeding at the lagoon as well the observation of an endemic flower (Linaria algarviana).The autumn with its migrations is the most exciting season of the year for birdwatching where most rarities can be observed.

Join us with our experieced tour guide on organized visits with groups of 2 up to 8 people, with a duration of 4/5 hours.

Spoken languages:
  • en English

  • pt Portuguese


- Birdwatching guide, binoculares and spotting scope, bottle of water, a fruit and an energetic bar.


Cancelation policy

The cancelation of an activity with less than 24 hours advance or non-show are not refundable.

what clients say

The guide, Rui Eufrasia, was truly excellent. He can guide both experts and beginners and is immensely patient. Nothing was too much trouble. His knowledge of the birds to be found in the area (in the case of the trips I did, the Ria Formosa saltpans and Salgados lagoon) was truly amazing, In particular, he has an intimate knowledge of the birds to be found at Salgados, where the terrain is varied and includes not only numerous water birds but also birds to be found on the dunes and the adjacent "farmland/scrub". He also uses the Collins App on his phone to point out differences between similar species and can then demonstrate in the field (extremely good telescope). Very helpful. It is possible to have a private day's guiding, in which case you can be picked up from and returned to your hotel by Rui, or join a group guiding session (there were only 2 of us on the 4-5 hour Salgados trip I did), in which case arrangements can be made for shared transport from your hotel and drop off at Salgados and vice versa, . Highlights of my trips were purple gallinule (plenty of good views), slender-billed gull, short-toed larks, bluethroat, caspian tern, Audouins gull, flamingo, spoonbills. Long list of waders....very close views at the saltpans. I can highly recommend a guided tour with Rui and will hope to go again next spring once the migrants are in. I have been birdwatching for 20 years.


Highlight of my hoilday was a half day bird spotting with Rui Eufrasia 4 hours ran into a six hours trip at the salt marshes near the airport could have stayed all day. Rui is very passionate with all wildlife . saw black kite , ospray, red rumper swallow, corn bunting, cetti~s warbler. red backed shrike, bee eaters, crested tits, little bittern, collard pratincole and a avocet with ten legs NO she had 4 chicks under wings could only see all the legs hanging down made a lovey photo many more all a first for me . thank you Rui andy from Devon.

Paul D.

Rui's ability to spot local specialities - Fan Tailed Warbler, Purple Gallinule - and passing migrants - Bluethroat, Black Tern - made this a memorable trip. Not strenuous, over flat terrain, and made all the more enjoyable by Rui's enthusiasm and passion for his local patch. Four hours, but I think he'd have stayed all night if you asked. Highly recommended

Mike H.

I booked for a 1/2 day birdwatching and was guided by Rui. Great visit to nearby wetland with a large variety of birds seen and heard. Rui was extremely knowledgable and quickly located birds by both call and sight. a great start to my Portuguese birding. Would definitely recommend for both novices and the more experienced.

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