Alcaria Ruiva

Alentejo  >  Portugal

Top of the Serra de Alcaria Ruiva. Great place for observing birds of prey and birds of rocky areas.

Added* by Pedro Faria Bravo
Most recent update 13 November 2021


Serra de Alcaria Ruiva is the highest point in the municipality of Mértola, with 370 meters high. It has a dense, typically Mediterranean vegetation cover. On the top of Alcaria Ruiva you have a panoramic view. It is an ideal point for observing birds of prey that occur in the surrounding Parque Natural Vale do Guadiana. Among the birds you can see are: Eurasian Black Vulture, Spanish Eagle, Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Red Kite, Black Kite, Bonelli's Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle and Booted Eagle.


Português: Cimo da Serra de Alcaria Ruiva. Local propício à observação de aves de rapina e aves de zonas rochosas. Local alto para observar grandes aves de rapina, frequentemente de um plano mais alto.



Park along the EN 123 at the beginning of the path that takes you to the top of the Alcaria Ruiva. Walk 1,5 km uphill from there. Click on the P in the map to get directions.


Português: Caminhar a partir da EN 123. Estacione ao longo da EN 123 no início do percurso que o leva ao topo da Alcaria Ruiva. Caminhe 1,5 km morro acima a partir daí. Clique no P no mapa para obter as direções.

Terrain and Habitat

Plateau , Scattered trees and bushes , Mountain


Hilly , Rocky , Dry

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Summer , Spring , Autumn


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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