If you enjoy silence and harsh Nature, you will find it in the 40 kilometres of a park full of fauna and flora rarities. At one of the least populated areas in Portugal, animals and plants rule. Among holm oaks and cork oaks, heather and rosemary, there 154 bird species, 44 mammal species, 15 amphibian species, 20 reptile species, 12 fish species and 153 insect species coexisting in the Tejo Internacional Natural Park area, making it one of the most important protected areas in Portugal. Here, in the Castelo Branco municipality, where the Tagus River meets Spain, the Natural Park combines the best of Nature with historical and cultural heritage. Traces from the Neolithic and Roman graves live side-by-side with rustic villages where almost no one lives and the landscape integrates harmoniously the popular architecture of local traditional villages which seem to receive it with open arms. Come and explore Tejo Internacional.
Guided Tour to the Tejo Internacional Natural Park
If you want to fully discover the International Tagus Natural Park and explore all its resources and charms, then you should put your visit in the hands of specialists. Contact one of the many companies which organize guided tours and be guided by these professions who know slops, plant characteristics and animal habits so well. With a little luck, you may even see a boar, a fox or a dear. You will certainly be surprised by the landscape when you see the Tagus River slowly snaking through the majestic hills.
If you go to the Natural Park for bird watching, then local guides will take you to the Observatory, the ideal place to identify local birds, either they are big, like the Iberian imperial eagle, the griffon vulture or the Egyptian vulture, or small and graceful like the azure-winged magpie, the river kingfisher, hoopoes and larks.
But if you want to enjoy your visit to the fullest, you should ask your guide to take you to Ribeira das Varetas waterfall or stroll through the Alares ruins, perhaps the most dramatic site in the park and ideal to have a picnic sheltered from the wind. Then, you can see how the locals live by visiting Rosmaninhal, a traditional village with white houses surrounded by orchards and fields where you will be able to get a beautiful panoramic view of the region. And you should not return home without visiting the Raiano Cultural Centre which, apart from two permanent exhibitions regarding pottery and beekeeping, organizes visits to the traditional wine press and the community oven.