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Wild Portugal

Wild Portugal

Wild Portugal Overview

An 8-day holiday focusing on the birds, mountain flora, other natural history and prehistoric rock art of north-eastern Portugal, based in the Côa Valley and Serra da Estrela Natural Park.

This 2-centre holiday visits the wilder and less-visited north-east region of Portugal — we’ll be based first in the Côa Valley and then in the Serra da Estrela Mountains. After a flight to Porto, we drive east, almost as far as the Spanish border, to the delightful old hilltop village of Castelo Rodrigo where we’ll be based for three nights. The village and its surrounds are teeming with birdlife including Southern Grey Shrike, Black-winged Kite and Montagu’s Harrier. During our stay we’ll make an evening visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site to view the ancient rock carvings, and we’ll also spend a day at the small reserve of Faia Brava, which is home to breeding Egyptian and Griffon Vultures, as well as other raptors and some elusive mammals. For the second part of the holiday we will drive deep into the heart of the Serra da Estrela where we will make daily walks, exploring the flora and fauna at different altitudes. Our base here is an award-winning hotel which boasts a spa, swimming pool, stunning location and delicious cuisine among its many charms! At the end of the week, we drive back to Porto for our flights home.
  • Stay in two boutique hotels — swimming pools, stunning views & a spa among the facilities
  • Blue Rock Thrush & Rock Sparrow, village of Castelo Rodrigo
  • Cirl Bunting, Azure-winged Magpie, Hoopoe, Golden Oriole & Bee-eater, Côa Valley
  • See introduced ‘primitive’ cattle & horses, Faia Brava Reserve
  • Golden, Booted, Bonelli’s & Short-toed Eagles, Faia Brava Reserve
  • Evening visit to view Europe’s largest collection of Paleolithic rock carvings, Côa Valley
  • Honey Buzzard, Marbled Newt & butterflies among the varied fauna, Serra da Estrela
  • Evening visit to view Europe’s largest collection of Paleolithic rock carvings, Côa Valley
  • Marsh Gentian, Silene foetida & Campanula herminii among endemic flora
  • Led by expert naturalist guides
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Wild Portugal by Anaconda , 29 Jul 2016
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Lovely hotels and the best food I've had in years. read more

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Wild Portugal by Anaconda , 29 Jul 2016
Traveller rating:

Lovely hotels and the best food I've had in years. read more