Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve.

Salt fields, mudflats and agriculture

During one morning or an entire day tour you can watch the diversity of birds and habitats that make this area Portugal’s most important waterfowl and wader wintering site and one of the most important estuaries of Europe.

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The Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve is Portugal’s most important waterfowl and wader wintering site and one of the most important estuaries of Europe.

During a half day visit you can see part of this magnificent Nature Reserve and the surrounding area, crossing through a variety of habitats, namely pasture, saltworks, marshes and tidal flats.

At “Praia das Hortas” and “Salinas do Samouco” we will have the opportunity to see the vast extension of the estuary at low tide and see Flamingo, Spoonbill, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Ring Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Green and Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Ruff, Black and Bar-tailed Godwit, and several waterfowl species such as Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal.

At the Barroca d’Alva fields you will have the opportunity to see Cattle and Great Egret, Squacco, Night and Purple heron as they are relatively easy to see and, with luck, you might also see a Bittern. Other species to see include Glossy Ibis, White Stork as well as raptors such as Marsh Harrier, Black-winged Kite, Osprey, and Kestrel. Further more Bonneli´s Eagle is always a possibility. Great and Lesser Reed Warblers, Penduline Tit and some exotic birds sucha as Waxbill, Yellow-crowned Weaver, Black-headed Weaver and Red Avadavat are also common in the reeds.

In the full day option, we will cross a cork oak and pine stand where you will be able to see Azur-winged Magpie, Nuthatch and several other passerine species.

In the flat areas of the polders you can see Golden Plover, Little and Great Bustard, Short-eared Owl and Hen Harrier, during Winter, or Collared Pratincole, Stone Curlew, Purple Heron and Black Kite, during Summer.


StartFinishTotal Time
Half days tours8 a.m.1 p.m.5 hours
Full day tours 8 a.m. 6 p.m. 8 hours

Meeting and Ending point: Your Hotel in Lisbon

Services included: Transportation, binoculars, telescope, specialized guide and insurance (accidents and civil liability).

Not included: Transportation before and after the activity, lunch and any product purchased during the visit.

Price for person*:

Number of peopleHalf dayFull day
1 140€195€

*VAT included. Free for children under 10.

Important notes:

> Wear comfortable shoes and clothing during the walking tour.

> This activity is not accessible for disabled people/people with special needs. (Please make a special request and we will try to accommodate your needs)

> Tour difficulty: Medium.  The tour is made essentially by car with short stops for birwatching.

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Contact us

Book your tour, make a special request and ask for information by email below.


Rua Manuel Assunção Mestre, nº 22 7780-199 Castro Verde

Lisbon Office

Rua Marcelino Mesquita, Nº 11 Loja 4 Escritório 1. 2795-134 Linda-a-Velha

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Ricardo Silva – +351 965657289
Renato Neves – +351 919015990