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Natural Areas

Discover an entire world of surprises

Among the many delights that the Algarve has to offer are areas in which Nature remains untouched.

In nature parks, protected sites and areas of ecological interest, there live species of fauna and flora which, beyond these areas, are already at risk of extinction. There are other species that, thanks to the very specific characteristics of the region, have only developed here and are part of the area’s natural heritage.

It is in these protected areas that you can witness flights of migrating birds, and observe otters, tortoises, flamingos, storks, herons or rare purple swamphens.  You can also come across vast stretches of native vegetation and interesting geological features.

All this natural wealth can be enjoyed by walking along already established trails, taking guided tours or making visits to interpretive centres, all of which form part of a sustainable tourism, which allows the visitor to live and learn alongside this Algarvian paradise, in which the dominant theme is the unchanging delight of nature.

Suggestions

The Classified Sites of Fonte da Benémola and Rocha da Pena

Fonte da Benémola and Rocha da Pena are protected nature conservation areas which support ecosystems of great ecological interest.

Sites of Ecological Interest

Places where you can see different bird species nesting include the Alvor Estuary, Paul de Budens and Leixão da Gaivota...

Serras de Monchique Espinhaço de Cão and Caldeirão

Acting as a gigantic amphitheatre, the Monchique, Espinhaço de Cão and Caldeirão hills form a protective barrier...

South-West Alentejo and Costa Vicentina Natural Park

Here is a natural sanctuary in which the seashore is interrupted by steep cliffs, beaches and sand dunes...

Nature for Enjoyment

The generosity that Nature has bestowed upon the Algarve is a privilege best enjoyed on relaxing walks...

The Wetlands of Sapal de Castro Marim

Next to the mouth of the Guadiana River, the Marshland Nature Reserve of  Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António...

Ria Formosa

The Ria Formosa Nature Park is a unique lagoon system that is continually changing because of the movements of winds, currents, and tides...

Updated on: 20-10-2014

Visitor: 20951044

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