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Sagres Birdwatching Festival

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Portugal’s most popular birdwatching event, the Sagres Birdwatching Festival, begins this Thursday and is expected to bring “hundreds of birdwatchers” to the small borough of Vila do Bispo between October 1-4.

Although some activities are already “completely booked”, organisers are advising visitors to check the event’s programme and find out if there are any spots left before it is too late.

Apart from birdwatching, there will also be walks, workshops on environmental education, dolphinwatching, stand-up paddle boarding and guided trips around Sagres. Some of the activities are free but others carry a registration fee.

Organised by the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), Almargem Association and Vila do Bispo council, the event has been gaining popularity over the years as it gives people a window on the large number of birds that pass through Sagres during the autumn season.

In fact, the festival’s success was dubbed the main reason why Vila do Bispo was named ‘Municipality of the Year 2015’ by the University of Minho through its UM-Cidades project.

The festival’s programme is available online at