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Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede

Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede
Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede

Protected areas

In the Serra de São Mamede we encounter an unexpected Alentejo, constituted by high mountains instead of rolling plains, where it's possible to discover vestiges of human presence from various historical periods.

The highest point in the Park, at 1025m above sea level (the highest peak south of the river Tagus offers an exceptional belvedere). The mountain range functions as a barrier to condensation, creating a microclimate with levels of precipitation and humidity that are higher than the surrounding zones, thus originating a rich and diversified vegetation cover. In the northern section of the Park, oak and chestnut trees predominate, while to the south, traditional cork oak and holm oak groves are found.

In order to discover the many treasures of this protected area, the Park proposes five pedestrian trails, by means of which it is possible to appreciate the varied vegetation and observe rare birds of prey such as the vulture, kite or Bonelli eagle - the symbol of the Park. With a bit of luck, you might see a wild boar or deer, that are now returning to the Serra de São Mamede, after an effort made to reconstitute their habitats.

If you're more interested in archaeological heritage, make sure to visit the mediaeval towns of Castelo de Vide, Alegrete and Marvão or the city of Portalegre, the regional capital, that has many manor houses and convents which give it an aristocratic air, and is also the headquarters of the Manufactura das Tapeçarias company, where many genuine works of tapestry art are produced. In order to restore your energies, enjoy the many tasty regional specialities - lamb stew, roasted kid, and desserts such as Boleima cake or Sericaia pudding with plums from Elvas.
Contacts

Head-office:
Rua General Conde Jorge de Avilez, 22-1º - 7300-185 PORTALEGRE
Tel.: +351 245 203 631/ 245 207 215 - Fax: +351 245 207 501
E-mail: pnssm@icnf.pt
 
Branch-offices:
- Largo de Santa Maria - 7330 MARVÃO
   Tel.: +351 245 993 886 - Fax: +351 245 909 131
- Largo Serpa Pinto - 7340 ARRONCHES
   Tel.: +351 245 580 085
- Rua de Santo Amaro, 25 - 7320 CASTELO DE VIDE
   Tel.: +351 245 905 299
 

Signposted routes
Park area
: 29.694 ha.
Altitude
: Máx - 1.025m; min - 350m
Accommodation facilities available

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