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Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina

Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina
Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina

Protected areas

The South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park is the finest preserved stretch of European coastline, covering over 100 km, from Porto Covo in the Alentejo, to Burgau in the Algarve. The Park includes various unique species of animal and plant life, and is visited by many zoologists and botanists from all parts of the world.

The landscape is marked by steep cliffs, represented in the Park's logo, that have been given various forms and colouring by centuries of erosion.

Many bird species can be seen, such as rare fishing eagles. The rarest species is the white stork, given that this is the only place in the world where they build their nests in the seashore rocks. Another rarity is the otter, since this is the only place in Portugal and one of the last places in Europe where it is possible to find otters in a marine habitat. Plant life includes the largest number of priority species in Portugal, including unique indigenous species such as Biscutella vicentina or Plantago Almogravensis.

The beaches, are highly popular amongst surfers, and are the finest in the country. There is a tremendous variety of beaches, including long stretches of sand and small beaches nestled between the cliffs and rocks. The long list includes beaches such as Porto Covo, Malhão, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Almograve, Monte Clérigo, Arrifana and Praia do Amado. If you have the energy and desire to stray from the beaten track, albeit with difficult access, it’s possible to discover many other beaches that have been preserved in a virtually unspoilt state.

In the extreme South Western section of the Park make sure to visit the lighthouse in the Cape of São Vicente after whom this stretch of coastline has been named and the nearby Sagres promontory, that housed the famous nautical school founded by the Infante D. Henrique in the 15th century.

Contacts

Head-office:
Rua Serpa Pinto, 32 - 7630-174 ODEMIRA
Tel.: +351 283 322 735 - Fax: +351 283 322 830
E-mail: pnsacv.od@icnf.pt
 
Branch-offices:
- Rua João Dias Mendes, 46-A - 8670-086 ALJEZUR
   Tel.: +351 282 998 673 - Fax: +351 282 998 531
- Colectiva C4 Stº. André - Apartado 98 - 7500-999 VILA NOVA DE SANTO ANDRÉ
   Tel.: +351 269 708 400 - Fax: +351 269 752 145
 

Signposted routes
Park area
: 75.000 ha.
Altitude
: Máx - 156m; min - 0m; Profundidade máx - 50m

Traditional Country House Accommodation:
Casas-retiro de Aljezur
Serro do Mosqueiro, 8670-056 Aljezur
Phone: +351 96 325 65 81
E-mail: info@carpe-vita.com
www.carpe-vita.com


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