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Portugal, Estuaries of Sado and Tagus and Capes Raso and Da Roca

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Travel Guide

It is a trip focused mainly on observing the wintering of waders and ducks in the Tagus and Sado estuaries, as well as the sighting of seabirds from Capes da Roca and Raso.
The Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve is the largest reserve in Portugal and the largest estuary in Western Europe, with about 34 thousand hectares. It is a sanctuary for fish, mollusks, crustaceans and, above all, for birds, which during winter can reach 120,000 individuals and 200 species.
The Sado Estuary Natural Reserve. Although it is smaller than that of the Tagus, this Reserve has an area of ​​more than 23 thousand hectares in which more than 200 species of birds find refuge.
Cape Raso is part of the western Portuguese maritime coast and is located in the municipality of Cascais and a few kilometers south of Cape da Roca. This is a place of excellence for the observation of seabirds.
Cape Da Roca is located at the westernmost point of continental Portugal and, therefore, of the Iberian Peninsula and continental Europe. Unlike the previous cape, this one is located 140 meters above sea level and offers magnificent opportunities for watching seabirds.
On our trip we will visit the best Bird watching points throughout this part of Portugal paying special attention to the flow of the tides, since it is very important to be able to observe waders when they flock to feed on the silts.
The visits to the capes will be carried out in the mornings, which is when Seabirds can best be observed.

Measures against Covid

At the time of making this brochure, there are the following measures for the prevention of Covid.
Mandatory use of masks during transport and recommended when we are doing the activity outdoors.
Passengers must keep the same seats throughout the journey and not share binoculars.
It is mandatory to present EU COVID digital certificate or negative proof at the time of check-in at the hotel.
For those who are not vaccinated, the following types of tests are accepted:
- RT-PCR test (or similar NAAT test), performed within 72 hours prior to presentation.
- Rapid antigen test verified by a certified entity, performed within 48 hours prior to submission.
- Rapid test of antigens in the form of self-diagnosis, within 24 hours prior to its presentation, in the presence of any health professional or pharmaceutical area who certifies that it has been carried out and the respective result.
Mandatory use of the mask in closed spaces for public use and recommended outdoors when it is not possible to ensure the distance between people.

Time difference

Time difference with respect to Spain is 1 hour less.

Climate​

Average temperatures during November oscillate between 18ºC. and 12 ° C. with an average of 9 days of rain.

Recommendations

It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes such as of trekking and warm clothing because, although the temperatures are pleasant, it can be cold due to wind and rain. It is essential to bring a raincoat. A hat and sunscreen are highly recommended.

Dificulty

Low. The trips to the different observation places are made in vehicle and thewalks we will do have no difficulty.