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Rocha Brava

Carvoeiro, Portugal

Holiday excursions and day trips

Posted by Luci Ackers on Jul 06, 2016
Holiday excursions and day trips

Getting guests out and about, interacting with nature and exploring the great outdoors is something we love doing. And we take pride in the fact that our stunning locations allow us to do this easily. There are incredible sights out there and we're lucky enough to have very knowledgeable tour guides around who are very enthusiastic about sharing their love for nature.


The Algarve is a stunning area and there is a range of excursions that might spark your interest when you visit Rocha Brava. The exciting jeep safari will take you on a tour of your surroundings, venturing off the beaten track for a unique view of some of the lesser visited areas. Along the way your guide will teach you a about the natural area and point out the interesting flora and fauna, stopping at all the best spots.

If it's birds you're into, then the excursion to Lagoa dos Salgados will be the one for you. There are some fantastic species to be spotted in this picturesque freshwater lagoon. Simon Wates is an experienced guide and knows just where to see the flamingos, spoonbills, waders and stilts. It's a beautiful environment.

The range of excursions varies depending on the site you're staying at, but there is always plenty to see.

The Isle of Anglesey

We all know how important the red squirrel conservation is becoming and at Henllys, in north-west Wales, these stunning creatures are flourishing wonderfully.

Having been reintroduced on to the Isle of Anglesey, the woods around Henllys are the ideal habitat for them and the conservation efforts in the area are very passionate. If you're interested in learning more about them and seeing some of these elegant little critters for yourself then all you need to do is join the guided woodland walk with Henllys woodsman David Morrison. He's a brilliant guide and will show you what's what before giving a talk on the red squirrels of Anglesey.

The Dordogne

Over in the Dordogne you can treat yourself to a bird watching tour from Constant. David Simpson, the author of Birding Dordogne, makes a fantastic tour guide for your day of exploring.

David has called the Dordogne home for more than 10 years and knows all the best spots for beautiful butterflies, dragonflies, rare flowers and, of course, the stunning birdlife. On your walk through a variety of incredible habitat keep your eyes and ears open for eagles, buzzards, black woodpeckers, egrets and kites among many others.


Maybe botany is more you? Madeira is affectionately referred to as the 'floating garden' thanks to its incredible floral heritage and the stunning displays that are prevalent across the island.

While staying at Encosta Cabo Girão a visit to the Botanical Garden and Quinta Splendida will ensure you get to explore two of the prettiest gardens around, and you'll get to see a full range of the plants that grow across the island.

This is just a snapshot of some of the excursions offered across our sites. The aim is to get you seeing the very best of what's around and help you make the most of your holiday. There is guaranteed to be something for everyone! If you fancy trying any of these for yourself, or finding the full list of excursions, simply enter your details at the bottom of the page and receive a brochure.

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Luci Ackers
Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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