HALF-DAY TOUR - NATURE RESERVE CASTRO MARIM
You'll discover a different Algarve, far from the hustle and bustle of the beaches, where the silence is only disturbed by bird cries
After journeying around 850 km from its source in Spain, and just before flowing into the sea in Vila Real de Santo António, the River Guadiana winds its way through the plains, branching out into creeks and canals that flow into lakes, marshland and salt pans, that provide a habitat to a wide variety of species.
This humid zone, Nature Reserve of the Salt-Marsh of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António, is the oldest in Portugal and is a privileged site for the reproduction of fishes, crustaceans and shellfish, who find shelter here in order to grow before they venture forth into the sea.
This is one of the favorite places for migratory birds, although it is possible to see birds throughout the year, being the black-winged stilt the most common species in the zone and was therefore chosen as the symbol of the Nature Reserve.
Important winter visitors are greater flamingos, spoonbills and Caspian terns. In spring you can enjoy the incredibly beautiful flight of storks.
Here, you'll discover a different Algarve, far from the hustle and bustle of the beaches, where the silence is only disturbed by bird cries. The salt pans occupy around one third of the protected area, and it glistens in the sunlight, unexpectedly white in between the green of the fields and the blue of the river. For many centuries it was the main source of income in the region and it's still gathered using traditional methods, in accordance with artisanal processes, delivering a product whose quality is certified by the Nature Reserve.
In drier zones, agriculture is the main activity, including typical trees from the Algarve such as the carob-shrub, fig tree and almond tree that provide the ingredients for delicious regional desserts such as D. Rodrigo and Morgado.
Find secret places and special moments off the beaten path and discover the Algarve others do not know about!
The tour is private with your personal driver/guide. There will be no other people joining the tour.
To keep our tours private and comfortable we limit the groups with 7 people per guide. Please contact us if you have a bigger group .
The tour is done by car/minivan. We use cars (up to 4 people) or minivans (5 - 7 people).
During the tour we will make stops according to the itinerary.
Tour duration can be shortened upon your request.
The starting time of the tour is up to you and may vary from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm.
We can also pick you up at diferent locations and hotels(extra costs).
Our guides will be happy to help you to buy souvenirs during the tour. It is strictly prohibited for our guides to take any commission from the shops.
The tour rate includes all taxes, personal/driver with car/minivan, hotel pick-up and drop-off. There are no hidden costs.
We do not have cancellation fees. We understand that your plans can be changed so we do not charge for cancellations. Please inform us ASAP if you want to cancel the tour.
Gratuities for your tour guide are not included in tour fares, are payable at your discretion, and are greatly appreciated.
Pickup Times: We are proud to offer hotel specific pick up times. Please be at your hotel lobby at the time noted. Exact pick up time will vary depending on location of hotels.
PricingStarts at 35 Euros per pax per trip for departures from Tavira/Olhão/Cabanas (for different locations please contact us).
Duration: 4 hours (morning or afternoon)