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Birdwatching in and around Casa Rosa  

Great Spotted Cuckoo  
Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) spotted in Casa Rosa gardens February 2013
Thanks to David Roach for photo

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Some comments from our guestbook:
Having spotted Casa Rosa camping at internet, we decided to book a month here, and we have not been disappointed. Although the weather has not been good, it has not stopped us visiting lots of birding sites in the area, and seeing many ‘new’ birds.
Casa Rosa is away from the ‘touristy’ areas in the Algarve, so it is peaceful and quiet. 
Thanks again to Kjersti and Jan-Ketil for their warm welcome, and all the help you have given us.  We’ll be back next year!
Allen and Diane Kay, Lancashire, UK

8 DAYS IN ALGARVE DAYS 9-16 (see previous)
As expected the ‘free ash’ from Iceland halted our departure but luckily we were able to remain at Casa Rosa – thanks again to Jan-Ketil and Kjersti.  After the hectic schedule of the original week life was at gentler pace and we took the enforced opportunity to venture both to the Coto Donana in Spain and Nundar Castle near Barrancas as well as revisiting our favorite sites of Quinta do Lago and Pera Marsh while we also visited Rocha Brava lighthouse near Portimao, got lost and ended up at the cliffs at Praia de Marina nearby and were rewarded with stunning views of Alpine Swifts.
The last couple of days saw the weather remember it was the Algarve not the UK and the final day – take 2 – spent around Casa Rosa saw a stunning display of flying by the Bee Eaters that lasted most of the day, an outstanding way to end our stay.
Chris and Phil, UK

We stayed at Casa Rosa for 1 week during our tour of Spain and Portugal and we wished we had booked for longer.  Casa Rosa is a ‘real find’.  The apartment, pool and garden were clean and comfortable.  This is an area away from the busy Algarve but plenty to see and do.  Bird watching, walking, lovely beaches, interesting historical areas.
Thank you to Jan-Ketil and Kjersti for their hospitality, good food and information.
Hope to be back soon.
Denise and Tony, Lytham, UK

We have had a very good holiday here.  Casa Rosa is just right for a restful and relaxing holiday, and Jan-Ketil and Kjersti have been most helpful and friendly.  They have made us feel very welcome, and our apartment was comfortable with everything we needed.
We have enjoyed the birding very much, walking on the tracks round here, seeing bee-eaters, azure-winged magpies, Sardinean warblers and many other birds – delightful!
The weather has been mixed, and we did get very wet after one long walk!  But the food cooked by Kjersti was excellent.  The restaurant just down the road is also good value if more basic.  We would be happy to come back for another holiday.
Thank you – Sandra and Ann, UK

Enjoyed our stay at Casa Rosa, picked for central location and bird watching and not disappointing.  azure Magpies every morning from kitchen window.  We visited Castro Verde (twice), Ria Formosa, Castro Marim, Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura and would recommend all to bird watchers.  Jan and Kjersti very helpful and look forward to returning at some point.  Vulcano erupting in Iceland may make it sooner than anyone might expect!
Chris and Phil, UK

Thank you Kjersti and Jan for making our week so comfortable and enjoyable.  Apartment 6 with its dual aspect and big windows is ideal for indoor bird watching (yes it did rain for some of our time here!).  Casa Rosa is an ideal base for bird watching giving day trip access to sites along the coast and inland on the plains.  Within our 6 days we managed to record 132 species.  Highlights include the flocks of migrating bee-eaters passing overhead all day when we were in Coto Donana and at Castro Verde; The close views (scoped at 300 m) of 6 male great bustards (some displaying) near Everreiro; the short-toed eagle that joined us for premium lunch close by; the very close views of a golden eagle close to Everreiro, the thriving house martin colonies in many of the towns and villages (sadly no longer in GB!), the palm tree nesting swifts in Tavira, the 12 caspian terns at Castro Marim, the collored pratincoles whizzing about in Coto Donana and of course the Barn owl in the well (owl at home need nest boxes 4 m up in the air!).
Memorable meal in your beautiful dining room – the pork fillet was superb – and as for the chocolate cake (- (can you send the recipe please). The recently opened ‘Mesa de chefe’ tapas restaurant in Moncarapacho is highly recommended – a warm welcome and excellent food - looks like it will become very popular so best to book a table.
Back to get more rain and wind do doubt tomorrow.
Fred and Muriel Currie, Cornwall, UK

Just as I remembered it, only better!  The ‘upgrade’ has worked superbly.  Many thanks to Kjersti and Jan-Ketil for a pleasant stay.  Lots of great bird watching in the real rural Portugal and the superb cooking. Thanks once again.
Neil Barnard, Cherbenham, UK

Have spent 4 nights here to end our Portuguese/Spanish holiday.  This beautiful inland residence has a touch of the ’real’ Portugal.  We bird watched and have been enjoying just walking around the area (especially the Donkey track).  Best trip involving a superb hide was the Lundo Farm walk.  We’ve been made to feel very welcome in a relaxed way and have appreciated the tasteful + quality surroundings and of course excellent food!  Thank you for everything…
Jimmy and Mary , Scotland

Having been here six nights we used this beautiful residence as a starting point for bird watching in the Algarve.  All together we spotted over 160 species.
Being birdwatchers we went out early before sunrise and came back just before sunset.
The meals served and cooked by Jan and Kjersti were super!  The list of spotted birds will be sent to Jan after we have returned to the Netherlands.
Jacob, Kees and Paul

Dear Jan and Kjersti
We had a lovely week at Casa Rosa. The warm and friendly greeting continued with the warm and friendly duvets, making it hard to get up for early bird watching. The setting for Casa Rosa is very peaceful, ideal for a relaxing time. For us the location is ideally placed for bird watching as it is within easy reach of four major sites and 1,5 hour drive from the fantastic Alentejo region. Of course Casa Rosa comes with its own resident Hoopoe, Woodchat shrike, Iberian Magpie and the only sub-terranian Barn Owl we have ever heard of. The only unfortunate thing is not being able to sample Kjesti's cooking (chocolate cake, especially), maybe next time. We wish you alle the best for the future.
Clive and Sharon, Hampshire, UK.

What a wonderful place. So peaceful and full of amazing birds. A place we would love to return to. Thank you for your hospitality.
Sue and Brian (Davies /Roddis), UK

We have thoroughly enjoyed the warm and smiling welcome - to make our stay a holiday to remember.
Thank you for the useful information for birdwatching and getting around the area. The sunny weather and the food, and the spacious accommodation have provided us with all we could wish on a first experience of the Algarve. We shall recommend Casa Rosa to our friends! Hope to see you again another year. All the best for your future here.
Myrtle and Roy Taylor,Belgium

Dear Jan and Kjersti
We had a lovely week at Casa Rosa. The warm and friendly greeting continued with the warm and friendly duvets, making it hard to get up for early bird watching. The setting for Casa Rosa is very peaceful, ideal for a relaxing time. For us the location is ideally placed for bird watching as it is within easy reach of four major sites and 1,5 hour drive from the fantastic Alentejo region. Of course Casa Rosa comes with its own resident Hoopoe, Woodchat shrike, Iberian Magpie and the only sub-terranian Barn Owl we have ever heard of. The only unfortunate thing is not being able to sample Kjesti's cooking (chocolate cake, especially), maybe next time. We wish you alle the best for the future.
Clive and Sharon, Hampshire, UK.

We’ve had a wonderful week at Casa Rosa and have thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to the Algarve. Thanks for the great dinner and all the help and information for getting around (without a car!).
The birding has been excellent. We’ve seen the famous purple gallinule in Quinta de Marim. The boat excursion through Ria Formosa from Faro was also really good; many b irds to be seen and a nice visit to Ilha Deserta. Good luck with learning Portuguese!
Rashim and Alex, Holland

 

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