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NATIONAL AND NATURAL PARKS OF PORTUGAL

FROM THE NORTH
OVERVIEW
Peneda-Geres
National Park
Peneda Geres National Park
Home of the Iberian wolf and the royal eagle, this park has old Celtic villages
where little has changed over the centuries.
Montesinho
Montesinho Natural Park
Habitat of the wild boar, deer, fox, wild cat badger and otter.
Overhead are eagles and other birds of prey.
North Coast Natural Park
North Coast Natural Park
The Natural Park of the Northern coastline stretches from the mouth of the river Neiva to the fishing village of Apulia
Alvao
Alvao Natural park
Leafy forests, steep valleys and spectacular waterfalls. The higher areas
contain large granite boulders and other areas the soft 'schist' rocks.
Douro River Valley Douro River Unesco World Heritage The landscape of the beautiful Douro River valley has been moulded
by 2000 years of producing fine wines.
Serra da Estrela
Serra da Estrela Natural Park
The highest plateau in Portugal which has skiIng in winter and
is the only area where the rare mountain lizard is found.
Serras d'Aire and
Candeeiros
Serra de Aires e Candeeiros - Natural Park
A limestone area where vegetation is scarce.  There are a variety of caves to visit.
The main nesting place in Portugal of the red billed jackdaw.
Serra de Sao Mamede
Serra de Sao Mamede - Natural Park
The high plateaux, rising above the dry plain, has a combination of Atlantic forest and
Mediterranean bush. Breeding ground of black, Egyptian and Royal vultures.
The largest European colony of bats can be found here.
Sintra-Cascais
Sintra Cascais - Natural park - Lisbon Coast
An area where human activity in the past has combined with nature.
The micro climate of Sintra mountain is close to the sandy Atlantic beaches.
An area of beautiful Palaces and gardens.
Arrabida
Arrabida Natural Park
Beautiful unspoilt, south facing sandy coves backed by limestone hills containing
one of the last examples of original mediterranean thicket.
Species include the wild cat, genet and mongoose.
Southwest Alentejo and
Vicentine Coast
Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park
Beautiful coastline with spectacular views over the seashore with cliffs hiding wonderful sandy beaches and estuaries. This is an area important for its geology, flora and fauna and archaeological heritage.
Ria Formosa
Ria Formosa Natural Park - Algarve
An important area of wetlands enjoyed by birds on their migration between Europe
and Africa. Behind the offshore islands are lagoons, sand and mud flats, freshwater
and salt water marshes.

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