Birdwatching in the Algarve

Common Buzzard. SPIN: Birdwatching in the Algarve

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Discover the birds of the Algarve on this holiday, which introduces you to some of the area's important birding sites. The Algarve has been described as one of Europe's 'best-kept secrets' in terms of the species that can be found here. We'll be accompanied by an expert host who'll guide us on five birdwatching visits. Watch out for the glossy ibis at the lagoon of dos Selgados, scan the sky for raptors in Sagres, and pass through grasslands and oak woods amidst the steppe of Alentejo as you keep your eye out for the elusive bustard.

Five included excursions and visits
- Lagoa dos Salgados (half day)
- Ria Formosa (full day)
- Sagres (full day)
- Eastern Algarve (full day)
- Baixo Alentejo (full day)

Sprawling across a clifftop, 2km from Armação de Pêra, this hotel is wrapped up in beautifully landscaped gardens. It's perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, offering leisurely strolls along rugged cliffs that showcase some of the Algarve's most breathtaking scenery Follow the palm-lined lawns down the cliffs to the golden sands of Praia da Senhora da Rocha (the walk down will be well worth it). A pool sits within the gardens, and there’s another inside which is lovely in the cooler winter months (as is the spa, sauna and Turkish bath). Buffet meals are served in the main restaurant. The spacious and simply furnished rooms overlook the gardens or sea and have handy kitchenettes.

Included with every Hosted Holiday

  • Dedicated welcoming host
  • Resort airport transfers
  • Travel insurance and meals


Saga host

Expert host

Welcome drink reception

Five included excursions and visits

Half board: All breakfasts and dinners

International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports

Return transfers direct to your hotel

Minimum 20kg checked luggage, per person

Five excursions and visits


  • Praia Senhora da Rocha, The Algarve

  • Multiple

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Common Buzzard. SPIN: Birdwatching in the Algarve
Greater flamingos in the salt marsh of Castro Marim. SPIN: Birdwatching in the Algarve

Holiday details

Food and drink

Meals are served buffet-style in the main restaurant with international cuisine on offer. 


Table tennis • Tennis 


All rooms are designed with freshness, space and light in mind with balconies for beautiful views of the Algarve. 


  • Restaurant
  • Gallery Bar
  • Pool Bistro
  • Outdoor swimming pool 
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish Bath
  • Direct beach access
  • Games and reading room
  • Gardens

Holiday location

Deluxe Room, Pestana Viking, Portugal

Local Area

You’re a couple of kilometres from Armação de Pêra, an upbeat resort town with a mix of shops, cafes and restaurants. A regular local bus can take you in, or it’s a 5-minute taxi ride. Buses can also take you further along the coast – explore historic Portimão or the bustling old town and marina of Albufeira. It’s easy to head inland, too, where you’ll find the Moorish city of Silves set amid a sea of orange groves – a visit to the fruit markets is a must.

Included excursions

Baixo Alentejo


The steppe landscape of the lower part of Alentejo province includes the Special Protection Area of Castro Verde. with its grasslands and oak woods. Look out here for great and little bustards, the hen harrier and black-bellied sandgrouse. Raptors, including kites and even eagles, may be seen in this diverse and enigmatic area.



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