The Algarve Tourism Board (ERTA) has begun promoting the region across Europe as a birdwatching destination.
It believes the activity is one way to increase the tourism offer of the region, having a wide variety of birds which, it believes, will attract many bird lovers, particularly from the United Kingdom.
The board started this project in 2008 and surveyed all structures needed to create good conditions for birdwatching, including observation areas, information boards and walkways.
A spokesman from the Algarve Tourism Board told the Algarve Resident: “This project will cover all of the Algarve, with specific areas for bird watchers to enjoy the best that the Algarve has to offer.
“It is essential that Câmaras don’t delay execution of the project, which is already being promoted abroad, and start constructing the support facilities as soon as possible.
“We have asked a design company to draw sketches of the structures needed and it is now in the hands of the Algarve Câmaras to build the observation areas outlined in the plan.”
He added: “We hope that this project will help to promote areas in the Algarve that are not well known to tourists as well as boost the local economy.”
For more information about the project, please visit www.turismodoalgarve.pt and click on the news item ‘Projecto Estruturas-tipo para a prática de observação de aves’ (only in Portuguese)