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Birdwatching from Porto
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Duration:
8–9 hours
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    8–9 hours
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Our proposal invites you to pass a full day with us! The excellent natural conditions and biodiversity of the places we are going to explore makes it highly probable that you will have an unforgettable experience! The best part? You will be with an incredible host, a professional nature and wildlife photographer with a bird watching passion and the unique opportunity of seeing some species that you have never seen or that you would like to see again like: the Kingfisher (Carlo´s own favorite),Osprey Pandion, the Hoopoe, Black redstart or the Dartford Warbler.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • We offer you a day full of great sights, relaxation, great company and of course,  Lots of birds! During the day we will visit 3 types of terrain: firth, forest and Pre - Mountain. Our bird expert Carlos Rio is a guy with an impressive sense of humour, and a professional nature and wildlife photographer. He has the time and the spirit to focus solely on biodiversity. It all began many years ago, when he started to spot some birds through the window of his house, only to realise he was sitting in one of the richest and more diverse spots for birdwatching in Portugal: Cávado’s River estuary and the Northern Littoral Natural Park. His passion grew since then and now he is an expert of the local flora and fauna. Carlos Rio is like a living part of the the Northern Littoral Natural Park and you will notice this once when you take the tour with him. Among others, is frequent the sight of Black Redstart, Osprey Pandion, Dartford Warbler, the Hoopoe and Carlos own favorite bird: the Kingfisher (He has a published a book about it) What are the highlights of your day? • Exploring The Northern Littoral Natural Park with a 4x4 Land Rover • Traditional Portuguese lunch in a local restaurant; • An expert in Bird Watching and photography with books Published! • Excellent Natural landscapes • Hidden spots • Relaxation, Great company and lots of birds!  What is included? • 2 Personal Guides, one being a bird expert with several published books; • Pickup and drop off with a 4x4 Land Rover at your accommodation in Porto • Personal insurance; • Traditional Portuguese lunch in a local restaurant; • Photos and videos; • Small gift: Carlos Rio´s pocket Book What is not included? • Any kind of worriesKnow before you go • You will need binoculars (Please tell us if you don't have one) • Bring Comfortable walking shoes • A snack for mid morning/afternoon (it is a long day!) • We cannot promise you will see any specific bird, since watching wild nature has its own limitations.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • We offer you a day full of great sights, relaxation, great company and of course,  Lots of birds! During the day we will visit 3 types of terrain: firth, forest and Pre - Mountain. Our bird expert Carlos Rio is a guy with an impressive sense of humour, and a professional nature and wildlife photographer. He has the time and the spirit to focus solely on biodiversity. It all began many years ago, when he started to spot some birds through the window of his house, only to realise he was sitting in one of the richest and more diverse spots for birdwatching in Portugal: Cávado’s River estuary and the Northern Littoral Natural Park. His passion grew since then and now he is an expert of the local flora and fauna. Carlos Rio is like a living part of the the Northern Littoral Natural Park and you will notice this once when you take the tour with him. Among others, is frequent the sight of Black Redstart, Osprey Pandion, Dartford Warbler, the Hoopoe and Carlos own favorite bird: the Kingfisher (He has a published a book about it) What are the highlights of your day? • Exploring The Northern Littoral Natural Park with a 4x4 Land Rover • Traditional Portuguese lunch in a local restaurant; • An expert in Bird Watching and photography with books Published! • Excellent Natural landscapes • Hidden spots • Relaxation, Great company and lots of birds!  What is included? • 2 Personal Guides, one being a bird expert with several published books; • Pickup and drop off with a 4x4 Land Rover at your accommodation in Porto • Personal insurance; • Traditional Portuguese lunch in a local restaurant; • Photos and videos; • Small gift: Carlos Rio´s pocket Book What is not included? • Any kind of worriesKnow before you go • You will need binoculars (Please tell us if you don't have one) • Bring Comfortable walking shoes • A snack for mid morning/afternoon (it is a long day!) • We cannot promise you will see any specific bird, since watching wild nature has its own limitations.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 62902P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Photos
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
8–9 hours
Departure details
  • Location Name: Porto city area
  • Porto, Porto, Porto District, Northern Portugal
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Photos
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Location Name: Porto city area
  • Porto, Porto, Porto District, Northern Portugal
Duration
8–9 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Fransle38
Utrecht, The Netherlands14 contributions
Great birding experience with Carlos and Louis! The combination of these two gentleman is something I won’t forget quickly. Louis, the enthusiastic, super-friendly driver and Carlos, the wise and funny birding expert.

We’ve seen 18 different bird species, with the European Roller and Osprey (with fish in his claws) as two highlights.

Definitely recommend to book with North Birding Tours; not because they’re the only birding agency in Porto, but simply because they’re the best!
Written November 15, 2021
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Ondřej
Prague, Czech Republic9 contributions
Jul 2020
We really enjoyed the day with Carlos and Luis. We visited several interesting sites and despite it was off-season for birdwatching, we were able to locate many species we were looking for.
We enjoyed the fields near coast, we went into the mountains and we naturally visited coastland as well.
Hoopoes, warblers, plovers, dunlins, to name a few, all really enjoyable!
Written July 15, 2020
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Luis A
4 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
I went on a trip by the river Cávado and the forest and fields near Esposende, with the guide Carlos Rio. It was great! The guide is a real expert, and with a handfull of nice and rich stories about nature and his amazing and ecletic experiences. I saw and photographed a lot of new species. I'll be back for sure!
Written January 18, 2019
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Ralph G
2 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
My wife and a friend and I visited Porto from Mexico where I had started bird watching. This is a new activity for me and I wanted a professional guide which we found in Carlos Rio and the driver, Rui Pedro who spoke perfect English. We started with an early pickup from our hotel and headed to the river delta. Even though the tide was already rising, Carlos was able to point out a number of birds that I had never seen before. Carlos and Rui took photos of the day and gave us copies and rights to use them as we liked.

By the way, our outing was on Big Day for birds which is a global bird count by people all over the world. This provided an extra level of excitement.

We then drove around the river mouth to view from the other side where again Carlos identified a number of shore birds.

We then headed inland in search of more birds. Thankfully for Carlos' quick eye and knowledge we were able to see 34 species.

It was a great day. We saw some interesting birds, great landscapes and back roads, and we were provided with a fantastic lunch in a village. Rui was a good and safe driver. Both Rui and Carlos were very professional and so friendly and caring that by the end of the day we felt like long time friends. All in all a fantastic valued experience.
Written October 18, 2018
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Cristian P
9 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
When you have a short window of time to enjoy a promising area and the weather conditions are really bad you have two choices: wandering around and waste your only day trying to find a good spot or just get an expert that will easily bring you in the best ones. As a biologist, working in the field, I learned that the second option is always better and I had the demonstration that i was right after two minutes of conversation with Carlos Rio. I knew him already by name and from his amazing pictures but meet him in person was not just productive in terms of observations (more than 20 different species, IN A FOGGY DAY!!) and acquired knowledges, but also a relaxing pleasuring day without the stress of driving around like crazy and the disappointment of don't seeing nothing because of the weather!!
Thank you so much for the AMAZING day Carlos, I hope to see you again and learn something else from you!
Written September 18, 2018
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Sylvia .
3 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Great bird watching tour with Carlos and Nuna
They were so helpful and we also learnt a lot about Portugal
The lunch we had was delicious in a village restaurant
I would highly recommend this day tour for anyone interested in wildlife birds and wanting to explore the beautiful countryside
Written September 15, 2018
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mxn2
maitland4 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
Great bird watching tour with local guide Carlos who knew where the birds were & how to identify them. Nuno was a great driver & translator when required. Good bird list from the day with mainly wet land species with only a couple of sites not meeting high expectations.
Written January 24, 2018
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nunogaio10
Porto, Portugal4 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
This was just a lovely experience!

I was always curious about birds, but not being an expert myself, i was afraid that i would not manage to enjoy the tour so much. I could not be more wrong!

João drove me from Porto (Such a kind hearted and funny guy) until we reached Fão! There we met Carlos, a pro in birdwatching with several edited books (Thanks so much for the gift by the way :) ) and a wildlife photographer!

The day passed so quickly, i saw many different birds, and enjoyed the calmness of the river and the general beauty of the park! The lake was awesome and i even manage to see the best bird of all - the kingfisher! :))

The lunch was also amazing in this rstaurant in the middle of the village!

I thing i became addicted to birding now :)!

Thank you so much!

Best wishes!
Nuno
Written January 2, 2018
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Selen D
Istanbul, Turkey6 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Carlos is amasing, i went this tour with one of my friends, we really enjoyed it. Carlos is so kind, he shows and explains every detail of birds. We went very nice places and Carlos showed birds on his book that we didnt see that day. Also fish that i ate on lunch was delicious, highly recommended!
Written October 16, 2017
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Joe S
Seattle, WA1,245 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Hey folks, Portugal is a bird-lovers paradise!! So many different climate zones and ecosystems and protected nature areas make Portugal a must-visit for birders, birdwatchers, and lovers of nature in general. We were loving our time in Porto. We were ecstatic to find North Birding Tours and booked a tour. Beforehand, they emailed us on what to expect, what to bring, etc. They picked us up right on time, we were welcomed by our friendly guide and jumped in our spiffy 4x4 and said hello to the other trip participants. Carlos Rio was our guide. He is a world class photographer, expert birder, and champion for protecting Portugal's Peneda Geres National Park, Natural Reserves, estuaries and coastline. The birding in the north is world class! We focused on Parque Natural do Litoral Norte. We went at low tide and walked amazing boardwalks stopping at many bird blinds along the way. We saw Grey Heron, Knot, Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Black-Headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, while our group was most excited about the few Blue Throat we saw, my fav was the European Robin. What a day! Thank you North Birding Tours!
Written October 9, 2017
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