Birdwatching in North Portugal
Birdwatching in North Portugal is becoming more and more popular. As more hikers and nature photographers spend their holidays here, the secret is out. Portugal is one of Europe’s top destinations when wanting to watch our feathered friends in their natural habitat.In North Portugal the landscape features fine countryside areas with its rolling hills, deep valleys, impressive slopes of the Port terraced vineyards and sheltering villages that still preserve the old community ways. The north is rich in scenarios that allow direct contact with nature and tranquility. You will also find some of the largest protected areas in Portugal around here.
For a long time we at Quinta Rural have taken our feathered friends for granted. Never once thought about promoting this area to bird lovers, surely those birds weren’t that special? Until several bird loving Dutch guests ensured us that they were, enthusiastically trying to take pictures of the oepoe or the snake eagle. Coming home, they spread the word (and the pictures), making Quinta Rural a mini-birdwatch-vacay.
Below we have only shown some of the bird species you can see ‘from your lazy chair’. We’ve chosen the ones we regularly see at Quinta Rural without any effort. There are many more species to be seen at Quinta Rural. But also in the rest of the Serra da Cabreira, in the National or natural parks such as the Peneda de Geres, the Alvao, Montesinho and the Douro.