The ria of Aveiro is the ideal spot for birdwatching activities, as well as a privileged destination for birdwatchers worldwide due to the excellence of its natural habitats for protected species, such as the purple heron (Ardea purpurea). BioRia, a project developed and consolidated by the City Hall of Estarreja, offers several walking and cycling trails, revealing the highly rich natural heritage of the region.
The region of Centro de Portugal is known for the spell it casts on nature lovers. It is a quite unspoilt territory where travellers can still hear the sound of silence and feel unique at the heart of Mother Nature. Birdwatching is no exception. From the Atlantic coastline to the inland near the border with Spain, there are thousands of amazing bird species to discover who fly around and across this region, spreading their colourful magic as far as the eye can reach!
In 2010 the Faia Brava Reserve was classified by the former Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Institute (ICNB) as the first private protected area of the country and is also currently a pilot area of the European project Rewilding Europe, for the creation of wild natural areas and for the development of nature tourism in Europe.
An area with many important geological sites, undeniably beautiful, with an evident historical and cultural interest and rich in biodiversity, this was the starting point to create the first Natural Geopark in Portugal.
If you like nature tourism, you will love to discover the Natural Reserve of the São Jacinto Dunes.
Peniche is without any doubt one of the world’s top destinations for surfers, offering the most incredible perfect waves ! But what about birdwatching? Peniche is one of the best places in the world to watch seabirds. In 2014, 29.000 Northern gannets (Sula bassana) crossed Peniche, turning seabird passage into one of the most amazing
The natural monument of Portas de Ródão is a breathtaking masterpiece of nature in the region of Centro de Portugal. River Tagus flows through two gigantic quartz rocks, truly reminding of “doors”.
Serra da Estrela Natural Park is an exceptional place. It expands over 101 thousand hectares distributed across six municipalities and it was the first natural park to be created in Portugal, also holding the record for the largest protected area in the country.
It is still possible to walk through an incomparable landscape, where there’s little human presence, discover rare animals at each step and admire flora which reminds us of old Mediterranean woods at Serra da Malcata Natural Reserve.
If you enjoy silence and harsh Nature, you will find it in the 40 kilometres of a park full of fauna and flora rarities.
It is the “Ria”, a silver mirror, which reflects the colour of the moliceiro boats and the Art Noveau houses; it is what makes Aveiro so seductive and unique.