Nature In The Algarve

If you are thinking about traveling to Portugal, be sure to include Algarve on your list of destinations. It borders the Atlantic Ocean, the Bay of Cadiz, Alentejo and Huelva. The terrain features both hills and lovely valley and the Ria Formosa divides the area into two distinct coastlines.

The coastal dune system is intertwined with natural inlets, and this network of wetlands links Europe and Africa and boasts diverse natural habitat that provide refuge for exotic birds, wildlife and vegetation. Additionally, the beaches of Faro, Barreta, Culatra, Armona and Tavir are present for those who love to spend time on the water. If you are a nature enthusiast, you will enjoy visiting both the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa and the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e da Costa Vicentina.

Stunning Algarve nature

The Parque Natural da Ria Formosa is made of lagoons that border the coastline between Manta Rota and Vale do Lobo. Visitors traveling to this internationally known nature center will love the views sand dune islands, marshland, saltpans and the nearby lakes. Birdwatchers coming to the site might catch a glimpse of the coveted purple gallinule and other colorful birds. They will also appreciate the Recuperation Centre for Birds. Sometimes birds fly into windows or are harmed by motor vehicles or other animals. At the Centre, people can see up close these magnificent creatures as they recover from injuries. There are many trails and other attractions that make this park a must-see, including the Quinta do Lago and São Lourenço trails, which highlight wetlands, marshlands, and wooded areas-who knows what you might find! The Coast Dunes are another beautiful spot; the vegetation here is very sensitive and rarely seen in other places. Finally, the Coastal Conifer Woods should be viewed because it is rare throughout Algarve, but very picturesque.

The Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e da Costa Vicentina lies on the western portion of Algarve. Its terrain is rockier. People who enjoy rock-climbing should visit this park because there are many cliffs perfect for the sport. Additionally, the location boasts an abundance of beautiful isles and reefs, including the unique Carrapateira coral reef. People traveling here might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Iberian lynx and this area is another hotspot for birdwatchers. Osprey, which are large falcons, stop here routinely during their migrations, as do vibrant songbirds, so spending time here allows visitors to see these birds in action. Wood pigeons and storks also make the park a resting place.

Birds day out on the Algarve

The Algarve has more to offer than nature sanctuaries. For those who love watching a glorious sunset over a pristine beach or for those who love water sports, Algarve is a perfect place to visit due to its numerous beaches. Surfers delight in the huge waves coming off of the Atlantic. And let’s not forget about mountains: The Monchique mountain range is in northern Algarve, with the tallest rounded peak being the Foia, which reaches 2,959 ft.

Cave divers will love the opportunity to explore the Algarve’s limestone caves. Additionally, the Barrocal region, further inland, produces orchards of almond trees, fig trees, orange trees. You can marvel in the ocean views while you are picking the fresh fruit. Clearly, the Algarve boasts wonderful opportunities for enjoying nature, all year round!