Lisbon, Portugal - October 2021
From 28 September to 13 October 2021, my wife and I went on a self-organized 16-day vacation to Lisbon, Portugal.
The first 7 days were spent in downtown Lisbon, where we stayed in the beautiful and very well located My Story Hotel Figueira.
From here, I made two birding day trips to the Tagus Estuary and the Sado Estuary.
The Tagus Estuary is the most important Portuguese wetland area and one of the most important ones in Europe.
The Sado Estuary is the second largest estuary in Portugal, and an area of enormous natural wealth and biodiversity.
Both estuaries include special habitats: inter-tidal mudflats, salt marshes, salt pans, rice fields, reed beds, sand dunes, cork oak woodlands and wide steppe-like pastures.
The second 10 days were spent in Batalha, some 145 km north of Lisbon.
We rented a nice and spacious bungalow in the beautiful grounds of Guesthouse Olive Hill, nicely located opposite the stunning Monastery of Batalha.
From here, we visited several impressive UNESCO World heritage places like Batalha, Tomar, Alcobaca and Óbidos.
And once again, I revisited the Tagus Estuary and especially the EVOA Visitor Center (GPS: 38.851365, -8.973675), which is a great place to walk around its lakes and observe and photograph, especially, waterfowl.