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Birdspot - Além-Rio

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A great spot for birdwatching.

Além-Rio, on the opposite side of the river Guadiana, offers superb views of Mértola (especially during the morning, with the sun on one’s back). You can also watch the Lesser Kestrel colony across the river (ideally with binoculars). Além-Rio is reached by crossing the bridge on the N265 and immediately turning right. A good strategy is to park at the start of the road and walk downhill with the river on your right. The bridge hosts an enormous colony of House Martins and the ubiquitous Iberian Magpie is hard to miss here, as they move in noisy groups and often allowing a close approach. This road is also particularly good for Little Owl, Eurasian Jay and Long-tailed Tit. A good vantage point to scan the Lesser Kestrel colony is about 600 m down the road.

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Updated: January 12, 2020

Coordinates

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37.634220, -7.663934
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37°38'03.2"N 7°39'50.2"W
UTM
29S 617886 4166071
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Routes through this place

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Distance
Duration
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Descent
6.2 km
2:00 h
91 m
91 m
73.9 km
5:23 h
486 m
725 m
73.5 km
5:28 h
622 m
427 m
413 km
31:37 h
3847 m
3847 m
601.4 km
42:03 h
5962 m
5962 m
386.7 km
26:00 h
3101 m
3101 m
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Manuel Franco
August 29, 2019 · Responsible Trails
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easy
6.2 km
2:00 h
91 m
91 m
A path along the river Guadiana, with the castle of Mértola, preserved habitats, bird-watching spots and ancient watermills.
from Portugal Wildscapes,   Portugal Wildscapes
Long distance cycling · Portugal
Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 4]
Stage 4
73.9 km
5:23 h
486 m
725 m
Journey through the hills and valleys, from Almodôvar to Mértola, to find the Guadiana, the grand southern river.
from Manuel Franco,   Portugal Wildscapes
Long distance cycling · Portugal
Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 6]
Stage 6
73.5 km
5:28 h
622 m
427 m
Travel from Mértola to Castro Verde, closing a 400 km route, which crosses the lands of the Iberian lynx and the fields of Alentejo where an epic ...
from Manuel Franco,   Portugal Wildscapes
Long distance cycling · Portugal
On the Road - Cycling Route
413 km
31:37 h
3847 m
3847 m
A 400 km cycling adventure that is divided in 5 journeys, along some of the most scenic and quiet roads of Lower Alentejo. You will cycle through ...
from Portugal Wildscapes,   Portugal Wildscapes
601.4 km
42:03 h
5962 m
5962 m
One of the best ways to explore the quiet roads, villages, nature and heritage of Portugal Wildscapes is by taking one of our recommended routes.
from Portugal Wildscapes,   Portugal Wildscapes
difficult Multistage route
386.7 km
26:00 h
3101 m
3101 m
This 400 km cycling adventure is divided into 6 journeys, along very scenic gravel paths and quiet roads of Lower Alentejo. It brings you through ...
1
from Portugal Wildscapes,   Portugal Wildscapes
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