The Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina (PNSACV) extends from São Torpes, south of Sines, to Burgau, on the south coast of the Algarve, in a maritime strip of two km wide that accompanies the Protected Area throughout the its extension. It covers territories in the municipalities of Aljezur, Odemira, Sines and Vila do Bispo.
This Protected Area, with a great diversity of coastal habitats, was classified in order to preserve its diversity reflected in the presence of a flora enriched by the presence of various endemisms and a fauna in which the avifauna and ichthyofauna play a prominent role. Decree-Law No. 241/88, of June 7, seeks to preserve existing natural values and discipline the occupation of space.
Here are some suggestions for carrying out pedestrian and car routes or underwater itineraries, as well as identifying the most emblematic places and other points of interest that you can visit so that you can enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the landscape as much as possible, consolidate knowledge and have fun during the visit.
If you choose to walk, the signposted routes allow you to have more direct contact with nature and, at the same time, get to know the values of the natural, landscape and cultural heritage.
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- Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina | Natural Park
The Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina extends over a narrow strip of the southwest coast of Portugal, southwest coast, between S. Torpes and Burgau, with an extension of 110 km. The southwest coast, as this area is sometimes called, corresponds to an area of sea-land interface with very specific characteristics that give it a high landscape diversity, including some biotopes that support a high biodiversity, both flora and fauna.
Watercourses are essential for sustaining a large number of flora and fauna species, including some priority and endemic species of fish. Its riparian galleries (i.e. on the banks of watercourses) constitute a relevant biotope for the migration of trans-Saharan passerines, as well as for feeding and sheltering several species of mammals. But no less important are some estuaries with their "nursery" areas for various species of fish, as a privileged biotope for feeding, resting and nesting for migratory birds.
Points of interest
In terms of landscape, it is a coastal strip bordered by a coastal plateau with steep and very jagged cliffs that hide small sandy beaches.
Add to that sections of low cliffs, strings of dunes, an endless procession of islets and reefs, the island of Pessegueiro, the Mira estuary, Cape Sardão, the promontory of Sagres... The schists of Arrifana and Odeceixe and the limestone of Sagres contrasts with dune systems as diverse as Milfontes or Sardão.
When to visit?
The Park can be visited throughout the year, being particularly interesting in the autumn (early October) in the area of Sagres / Cabo de S. Vicente to observe the migratory birds that pass by in their thousands.
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