Experience the specially designed wildlife watching hide, developed by local entrepreneur Fernando Romao, a wildlife guide and photographer that will take you into the heart of wild nature in Faia Brava Nature Reserve.
The cliffs in the Côa valley are home to endangered vulture species including the Black and Egyptian vulture. As part of the research and protection of these species, the wildlife hide was set up for monitoring in the past.
The vulture hide was created by Fernando Romao, a local wildlife enthusiast and nature guide. He offers unique safaris in the Côa Valley allowing guests to visit this wildlife hide within Faia Brava and witness these magnificent birds soaring over the cliff edges and hopefully closer.
This new wildlife hide has been specifically designed to meet the high standards for wildlife photography, while having no impact on the wildlife. Able to accommodate up to five guests, the hide is fitted with special photographic glass, individual camera ports and comfortable chairs.
You will be picked up by your guide Fernando Romao in the morning or in the afternoon at a pre-chosen location in the Faia Brava area. He will drive you to the vulture hide area.
Upon arrival, Fernando will explain everything you need to know about the surroundings and the animals that live in this part of the Greater Côa Valley. Then you will be waiting for the vultures, but you will see many other species of birds and mammals as well. You will be back at your accommodation or car after three to four hours.
The cost includes: Pick up at your accommodation in the Faia Brava area. Transfer to the vulture hide and a guided experience in and around the vulture hide. Fernando Romao as your guide for a morning or afternoon hide experience. 5% rewilding levy.
The cost does not include: Flights. Transfer from airport/train station to Faia Brava area. Food (you can brings snacks to the hide ) Insurance and personal extras
What to bring: We recommend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, daypack, long pants, hat and gloves when colder, jacket, raincoat or poncho, and sun protection cream. Binoculars, and a sense of adventure!
Rewilding Europe Levy: 5% of your booking sum goes towards the local rewilding organization.
As a result of rural depopulation and associated land abandonment across much of the Mediterranean, grazing livestock numbers have plummeted, leading to a very significant increase of landscapes without any form of grazing.
As a result, many landscapes are now covered by young, often monotonous forest or dense scrub.
By bringing back grazing – this time not with livestock but with (semi-) wild herbivores such as wild horses and Tauros – Rewilding Europe and its local partners can significantly reduce the risk of fire in the Greater Côa Valley rewilding area. Reintroducing such herbivores will also improve conditions for populations of roe deer and Iberian ibex. Natural grazing by these species leads to the creation of more diverse mosaic landscapes, with open spaces that act as effective firebreaks.
Supporting local enterprises: Through financial loans and expert business advice, Rewilding Europe Capital (REC) is helping a growing number of local entrepreneurs create rewilding-focused enterprises across our operational areas. Star Camp, Casa da Cisterna, our guide Fernando Romao from Wildlife Portugal and Fly Camp are all pioneering nature-based tourism models which are helping to reinforce the rewilding agenda here. Rewilding Europe promotes these enterprises through the increasingly popular European Safari Company.
Fernando Romão is a nature guide and photographer and has spent the last 20 years developing is skills, knowledge and passion for nature.
Guiding professionally allowed him to create unique interpretive tours; including bird watching, hiking and nature photography and transfer his love and passion for nature.
Working in a variety of areas including Faia Brava's private reserve, the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and the Duoro and Tejo International Natural Park respectively.
With training in Outdoor and Adventure activities as well as Tourism and Nature interpretation, Fernando is the perfect combination for a nature based tour in the area. With his own nature tourism and photography business he strives to always bring the best of the area and its experiences to his guests.
When he isn't guiding or glued to the view finder on his camera, Fernando is working on an editorial project for travel guides for the interior of Portugal.