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Self catering apartments Algarve Portugal.



CASA ROSA is a large old quinta that has been tastefully converted into six large well equipped pool side apartments.

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Many of our guests return year after year, early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

For guests with a busy schedule we are also able to offer: Breakfast, packed lunches and three course evening meals.

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Casa Rosa

Bird watching in the Algarve Portugal and south west Spain.

See our links section with useful links as well to facebook groups.

 See Chris Barlows report from April 2018.

Casa Rosa bird watching algarve apartmens    Sardinian Warbler
Sardinian Warbler. Photo David Roach             

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Groups are welcome. Call us for a group offer.
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Casa Rosa bird watching algarve apartmens    Chameleon Casa Rosa Algarve
Our own magpies splashing and zipping. Guest of honnor.  Photos Jan-Ketil Nyborg


Casa Rosa bird watching algarve apartmens    Birdwatching Algarve accommodation
Large Pincertail and Epaulet Skimmer. Photo by Paul Knolle June 2015

Casa Rosa bird watching algarve apartmens    Agave flowering first time 7 years
Almond blossoms late January and our own agave flowering in January 2015 for the first time in 7 years.

Trip report by Chris Barlow April 2017
A second visit to Portugal, once again staying at Casa Rosa in Moncarapacho, the perfect location to easily access all of the Algarve sites and further afield to the Alentejo region.  This trip saw many birds, butterflies and plants recorded using “Wild Orchids of the Algarve by S.Parker and “Wild Flowers of the Algarve” by C.Thorogood & S.Hiscock for the other flowers.  Highlights for each see APRIL 2017.

Our second holiday at Casa Rosa proved to be a very enjoyable one. Despite the changeable weather we often enjoyed our lunches around the pool in the garden. Those of us who were not constantly taking photographs enjoyed the use of the swimming pool on warm afternoons. We had planned to have a barbecue, but the day we picked turned out to be the only very wet day. However, having already bought all the ingredients from the local supermarket, we retired indoors for our dinner. It was a big advantage to have a good-sized kitchen/dining area to accommodate 6 people. Hopefully we will manage a barbecue next time.On several evenings we ate out at restaurants in the nearby town of Moncarapacho.

Restaurant Antonio was a favourite from our previous visit. Once again, the food and friendly service were excellent. We also had a meal at Da Anas (Ana's) and enjoyed it so much we immediately booked a table for the following night. Ana's has a more limited menu but serves beautifully cooked lamb and black pork alongside local fish dishes, tasty 'specials' and addictive calamari. We highly recommend Antonio's and Ana's. After a long day out a relaxing evening-in with a pizza delivery can be an attractive prospect. Having enjoyed their pizzas the last time, we called in at 'Pizza & Love' to arrange a delivery to Casa Rosa for the following evening. It turned out to be a lovely evening, so pizza and wine by the pool was a very enjoyable way to end to the day.

Another discovery in Moncarapacho was the bakery, which became our regular coffee & cake stop – very friendly service, good coffee, lovely bread and cakes.

Dining in at Casa Rosa is always a pleasure with Kjersti's fine cooking. She was able to arrange dinner for us on 3 evenings during our stay this time. The evenings were very sociable occasions as we were joined by some of the other Casa Rosa guests. We had pork fillet, pork cheeks and seared tuna steaks, all beautifully cooked as usual, accompanied by delicious soups and desserts (and quite a bit of wine!).

Many thanks to Kjersti and Jan-Ketil for your warm welcome and hospitality. We think Casa Rosa is a delightful place to stay and we look forward to our next visit.
Kind regards Dave Roach & Rosemary Fielding, Roger & Sheila Wasley and Dave & Val Astley

Dear Kjersti and Jan-Ketil
A big thank you! Our third visit to stay at your beautiful home. Once again we have had a lovely stay - can't believe how lucky we have been with the weather! We have enjoyed exploring new places and returning to our favourite ones. We will share some of our photos with you. Over 100 bird species seen. Many firsts. Gret Bustard, Little Bustard and a short toed eagle on the pylon in the neighborhood. Happy memories - beautiful bird song and flowers. Steve and Kathy Palmer, Grimsby UK. See you again soon!


Short Toead Eagle   lesser spotted woodpecker    Little Bustard

Short Toed Eagle, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Little Bustard. All photos by Steve Palmer 2015.

Thanks for a very nice time at your beautiful place! We enjoyed our week in the pleasant Portuguese spring a lot – and found almost all birds we were looking for. Since we found so many great places – buzzing with birdlife at this time of the year – we hardly had time to relax at your place. We keep that for our return…
All the best Mathias Schleuning and Monika Huaycochea. (Frankfurt, Germany and Cuzco, Peru)

Total relaxation at Casa Rosa has confirmed we made the right choice. This is a lovely spot and we have enjoyed everything it offers. Thank you to our hosts for an enjoyable meal on Thursday. Jan and Kjersti have been so helpful and we have had great information from them about the local area and its wildlife.
The apartment is really comfortable. We said YIPPEE when the weather improved and Jan opened the pool from its winter sleep.
“Takk” from Dennis and Lorrain Johnson, Pertshire, Scotland.

We were very excited to spend our autumn holiday here at Casa Rosa after reading the website but it has far exceeded our expectations. Although the cloudy days did enable us to travel to good bird locations including Castro Marim, saltpans at Fuseta and Olhao + Quinta do Lago. Some may be heading to Africa now but we have seen flamingoes, storks avocets, black winged stilts, plovers - Grey and Kentish to name but a few. Raptors seen; unidentified eagle, marsh harriers,  osprey, little owl. Hoopoes and magpies frequent the gardens at Casa Rosa. Would definitely recommend Casa Rosa for bird watching plus the fabulous apartments, bistro evening, Kjersti and Jan’s hospitality. Perfect – will be back in the spring to see the wild flowers. Tusen takk .
Steve and Kathy Palmer, UK.

Greater Flamingos  
Photo by Diane Jackson

Location, location, location – what a place and view!
I knew as soon as I arrived and saw my first woodchat shrike within seconds of arriving
that we would have a great holiday, and we did. Plenty of places visited, plenty more for next time.
Clive and Pauline, Suffolk, England

Algarve villa apartments Casa Rosa in the peaceful rural East Algarve, Portugal. Just 20 minutes from Faro Airport on the outskirts of the unspoiled historic old village of Moncarapacho, is the ideal base for a bird watching holiday

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Black Winged Kite by Chris Barlow April 2010.

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Our guests Liz and Ed visited July 2013 and on their last day they had still not seen a Chameleon. Jan-Ketil found one in some
bushes and kept it in a bucket with carobs for them to see. And black it went.
Photo Jan-Ketil

Good birding. interesting company and delicious home cooked food.

A pair of Red-Necked Nightjar return every Spring, they can be heard calling every night and we often get a glimpse of them at dusk

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Rednecked Nightjar in Casa Rosa garden. Photo Ian Montgomery


Fully equipped self-catering apartments or Bed and Breakfast. Evening meals are available in our bistro several nights a week.


This was our first visit to mainland Portugal. We needed to get away from the stress at home and found Casa Rosa by "google" Algarve, bird watching. What a hit!We have enjoyed morning-swim in the pool, breakfast at the terrace served by your hosts, taken some walks in the area around and got help to rent a cheap car that helped us explore som lovely spots in the Algarve.
Thanks for a great dinner, thanks for all your help and thanks for the answers to stupid questions. We will let our friends know about Casa Rosa. Location close to everything, beautiful and with the calm and peace that you need.
November 2012
Henrik and Catharina Westermark.
Sibbo, Finland
Thank you very much. We hope to come again.

Lovely, quiet and very comfortable place to stay. Just three days of full time birding, but a great location with so much to see locally – Hoopoe, woodchat shrike and Azure winged magpie whilst having breakfast!! Quinta Marim is a great nature reserve and only 10 mins drive.
Love to come back.
Ed and Toni

Location, location, location – what a place and view!
I knew as soon as I arrived and saw my first woodchat shrike within seconds of arriving that we would have a great holiday, and we did.
Plenty of places visited, plenty more for next time.
Clive and Pauline, Suffolk, England

We had a wonderful stay at Casa Rosa thanks to our very obliging hosts. The apartment was comfortable and clean.
This was our first visit ot the Algarve and we were very impressed with the accommodating and the surrounding area. We visited several castles and many nature reserves in the area but there is still much here to see and do so I am sure we will visit again.
Best wishes Carol and Chris

For the second time we stayed some days in one of your apartments. Like last year everything was ok!
Being birdwatchers you did not see much of us, leaving before sunrise and often returning after sunset. In four days we spotted 166 species.
This place is a very good starting point for birdwatching. North, west and east at an acceptable distance. Even going to Spain, Coto Donana, can be done within some days and after that return to Casa Rosa was a possibility to took. Thanks to the hospitality of Jan and Kjersti.
This is a place to remember and to return to in future.
Paul, Ronald and Kees
A complete list of species (in Dutch) can be seen at

Casa Rosa is a rare gem in the Algarve, beautifully situated. Clean, spacious apartments equipped to a very high standard. We loved the thoughtful additions that made self catering so easy. The house and grounds are gorgeous, the hosts are delightful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.
The bird watching was amazing, our best day was at Quinta do Lago. We saw curlew, whimbrell, storks, heran, egret, flamingo, plover, wax bill, little bittern, glossy ibis, I could go on!
A fantastic few days, we would like to return again and again.

Alison and Glenn – Ware, Hertfordshire, England


We received this from Dave Hardaker:
The accommodation at Casa Rosa was spotlessly clean and the room well presented. The surrounding gardens are beautiful and the hosts, Jan-Ketil and Kjersti friendly and welcoming. Our trip was primarily a birding holiday and we were not disappointed. In the garden were Azure Winged Magpies, Woodchat Shrikes, Hoopoes, Short Toed Treecreeper, Cuckoo and Bee-eaters just to start you off. We visited Castro Marim as well as the area around Faro airport and Petra Marsh, three wonderful coastal locations where an excellent range of wetland species were present. It is worth a trip North to the Alentejo, between Castro Verdie and Mertola (about 1 hour) where we had 300 Griffin Vultures, Black Vulture, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Many Montagues Harriers as well as Calandra Larks and Blackbellied Sandgrouse. A trip to The Coto Donana (2 hours) in Spain is also worthwhile as we had literally thousands of Pratincoles and 40 Whiskered Terns there to name just two. Using Casa Rosa as a base, we had 120 odd species in all and anyone interested in a birding holiday as well as a peaceful, relaxing environment would need to go a long way to better this location.
Dave Hardaker.

Hoopoes keep us company walking along the lane and flying around every spring and early summer..

All within a short drive from Casa Rosa there is a large diversity of countryside and coastline environment, that offer splendid habitat for a very large variety of bird species. Even in the grounds and garden of Casa Rosa, depending on the season, you can expect to see; Bee-eaters, Azure-winged Magpie, Sardinian, Subalpine & Melodious Warbler,  Woodchat Shrike, Little Owl, Red-necked Nightjar and Hoopoes.

Seven kilometres to the South lies the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve.

Bistro algarve apartments quiet rural

Enjoy a home cooked meal on the Bistro terrace


Bee-Eater. Courtesy of Tony Duckett.

If you are a serious bird watcher or just someone who enjoys relaxing in the peace and quiet of the countryside, Casa Rosa is ideal for you.

We are also a great location for Butterflies  Algarve Butterfly Trip Report  May 2007

From early spring until summer the fields around us are full of wild flowers. (Wild Flowers)

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Chameleons are a frequent visitors to the garden and grounds of Casa Rosa.


A great way to bird-watch, layback in the hammock and watch the birds play in the branches of the carob tree

Rednecked Nightjar

Red necked Nightjar courtesy of Dr Ian Montgomery.

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The Parque Nacional de Do�ana in Spain is just a 90 minute easy drive from Casa Rosa.

Hoopoe feeding young

Casa Rosa.

Phone: 00351 289 794400
Mobile: 00351 919173132

Postal Address: Casa Rosa. Apartado 209. 8701-906 Moncarapacho. Algarve. Portugal.
 Open all year round. Special rates for long stay guests.


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We apologise in advance for errors or mistakes regarding identifications, classifications and species on any of these pages or in any of the birding reports. W e are not expert ornithologists just someone who loves birds, animals and plants, in fact all of nature. If you do find any mistakes on any of these pages please let us know and we will do our best to correct them. If you are planning a trip to this area, we hope that some of the information here especially the birding report, which some of our guests have very kindly contributed to this site, will be of help to you.

Enjoy your birding and please stay the nice people that bird-watchers always are!  


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