Algarve Nature Tours
Visit the magical places of the Algarve, with Happy Van’s Algarve Nature Tours!
Hike in the Wild Nature of the Algarve, between rivers and lagoons, cliffs and beaches full of teeming wildlife.
Portimão Nature and Wildlife Tour
The tour starts with a pick-up at your location in one of our unique VW vintage vans.
Along the way, enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Algarve, among agricultural fields and old orchards. In January and February it is possible to admire the beauty of the Almond trees in bloom. In the pasture areas we can see cattle or goats, donkeys and horses, accompanied by Cattle Egrets.
Arriving at Rocha Baixinha, we will take a circular route for birdwatching. Here, in the wetlands and marshes of the Ria de Alvor, we can observe Flamingos, Gray Egrets, Little Egrets, Stilts, Osprey and many other shorebirds.
In the lagoon, during low tide, seagulls rest on the banks of uncovered sand. Among them there is always the opportunity to see other species of birds such as the white-faced cormorant, the oystercatcher, the beach sandpiper, the common tern and the great tern.
At low tide, many people here catch cockles and clams among the birds.
After this hike, we head to João de Arens, located on the most spectacular section of rocky coastline in the municipality of Portimão.
Mediterranean bushes with lentiscus and scattered pines accompany our walk to the sea, as well as birds such as the walled warbler, the hoopoe and flocks of Azure-inged Magpies, as well as elusive hares.
Arriving at the coast, the pedestrian route will be made along the top of cliffs made up of limestone rocks from the Miocene (23 to 5 million years old), already quite degraded by sea water, rain and runoff, as well as by the action of the wind and plants, characterized by the reddish hue resulting from the oxidation of limestone.
The rocks carved by erosion are home to numerous species of birds, in particular the gray-naped crows and the rock pigeons, ancestors of the domestic pigeons.
In summer, at various points along the route, we are surprised by the noisy dance of flocks of swifts, which nest in the ledges and crevices of the cliffs. In winter, over the boulders, cormorants patrol the coast.
Then, we will let ourselves be carried away by the immense beauty of Prainha, one of the most intimate and peaceful beaches in the region, ideal for those who like to be away from the hustle and bustle.
Prainha is one of the most romantic beaches in the Western Algarve. It is formed by small shell-shaped sands, isolated by rock formations strongly sculpted by the action of fresh and salt water. And the result is a magnificent set of arches, piles, sinkholes and caves. The rocky coves are home to an incredible diversity of marine life.
You will be offered a picnic bag with local products that you can enjoy during the tour.
Minimum number of Participants: 3 shared tour | 2 private tour
Duration: 4 hours
Days: Mondays – Morning
Carvoeiro, Lagoa and Ferragudo: 8am
Portimão and Alvor: 8.30am
Days: Wednesdays – Morning
-> Pick up in a vintage van. Ride through the beautiful landscapes of the Algarve, among agricultural fields and old orchards.
-> Ria de Alvor – Rocha Baixinha – Hiking and Birdwatching
-> Joao de Arens – Walk throug the most beautiful clifs of Portimão
-> Visit one of the most romantic beaches of the Algarve: Prainha
-> Enjoy your Picnic bag with local products
It is possible that the programs have to be adjusted from time to time due to force majeure or seasonal events, which will not affect the experiences we propose.
Comfortable walking shoes and clothes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and water.
Pick-up in a vintage VW van from:
Portimão, Alvor, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Lagoa and Lagos
Adults: 78€ | Children < 10 years old: 58€ – Minimum of 3 Participants
1-3 pax: 311€ | 4 pax: 384€ | 5 pax: 458€ | 6 pax: 526€ | 7 pax: 594€ | 8 pax: 657€ | 9 pax: 720€ | 10 pax: 777€…