The coast of Algarve, Portugal, is a paradise for birds. Here there are two important national reserves for numerous water-birds: Ria Formosa and Salt Marsh. Salt Marsh Natural Reserve features 153 bird species to spot, including storks, avocets, sand pipers, mallards and the ever-popular flamingos. Over 20,000 water-birds winter regularly in Ria Formosa.
So next time you visit Portugal, you can avoid the tourist-mania in the western Algarve and try wetlands bird-watching in the wild eastern side of the region.