Castro Marim Nature Reserve – 2300HD

Private Half-Day Tour

From 60.00 pp

Duration: 4h

Availability: January - December

Join us on this tour and appreciate a unique landscape in the East Algarve. The Castro Marim Nature Reserve is a true realm of serenity, far from the hustle and bustle of the beach resorts. A haven for countless bird species, as the flamingos, regular visitors in this charming patchwork of green-blue marshes and crisp white saltpans. Don’t forget your camera!

Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!

Highlights

  • Private half-day tour with your personal local driver/guide – no other people will join the tour
  • The Castro Marim Nature Reserve, a true realm of serenity
  • An array of bird species: black-winged stilt, pied avocet, black-tailed godwit, flamingo, ringed plover, white stork, spoonbills, and Caspian terns
  • Vila Real de Santo António, on the frontier with Spain
  • The Guadiana River
  • An internationally Ramsar Site, recognized under UNESCO
  • From the salt pans, a privileged view to the Castle, the Fort, and the walls of Castro Marim

Join us on this tour and appreciate a unique landscape in the East Algarve. The Castro Marim Nature Reserve is a true realm of serenity, far from the hustle and bustle of the beach resorts. A haven for countless bird species, as the flamingos, regular visitors in this charming patchwork of green-blue marshes and crisp white saltpans. Don’t forget your camera!

Just before ending its 850km journey into the sea in Vila Real de Santo António, on the frontier with Spain, the Guadiana River winds its way through the plains, branching out into creeks and canals that flow into lakes, marshland and salt pans.

Here lies the oldest humid zone in Portugal, the Nature Reserve of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António, a privileged shelter and nesting place for aquatic birds and for various species of fish, molluscs, and crustaceans. It is also an internationally recognized Ramsar Site, under the guardianship of UNESCO.

An array of bird species can be found here, as the black-winged stilt, the symbol of the Nature Reserve, the pied avocet, black-tailed godwit, common flamingo, common ringed plover, white stork, spoonbills, and Caspian terns, to name but a few.

The land is a charming geometric patchwork of grassy hills, dry scrubland, farmland, orchards, which contrast with the traditional salt pans, glistening fiercely under the sun.

For many centuries, salt, or “white gold”, was the main source of income in the region. The saltpans occupy around one-third of the protected area, and salt is still harvested using artisanal methods, producing a high-quality product, favoured by renowned chefs.

From the salt pans, you’ll have a privileged view to the Castle, the Fort, and the walls of Castro Marim, one of the oldest communities in the Algarve, and an important centre of Arab power until 1242.

Take advantage of this tour and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of a unique landscape in the East Algarve.

Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!

Info

  • This a private tour with your personal driver/guide – no other people will join the tour
  • The tour rate is per person and includes all taxes. There are no hidden costs
  • We use cars (up to 4 people) or minivans (5 – 7 people)
  • During the tour, the guide will make stops following an itinerary
  • The length of the tour can be shortened upon your request
  • Our guides will be happy to help you buy souvenirs during the tour. It is strictly prohibited for our guides to take any commission from the shops
  • Pickup Times: We are proud to offer specific pick up times. Please be at your hotel lobby/ pick-up address at the time noted.
  • We can also pick you up at a different location/hotel – If you wish a different pick-up location you must add an extra transfer to your booking

What's included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Personal local guide/driver with car/minivan

Exclusions

  • Meals, tips/gratuities – Gratuities for your tour guide are not included in tour fares, are payable at your discretion, and are greatly appreciated
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements