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Portugal is home to a diverse range of national parks and protected areas that showcase the country’s natural beauty and biodiversity. Here’s a brief description of some of the notable national parks in Portugal:

  1. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Located in the northwest of Portugal, Peneda-Gerês is the country’s only national park. It is known for its rugged landscapes, mountainous terrain, pristine rivers, and lush forests. The park offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, wildlife watching, and exploring traditional villages.
  2. Arrábida Natural Park: Situated on the Setúbal Peninsula, this park features a stunning coastal landscape with limestone cliffs, clear waters, and beautiful beaches. It’s a great spot for hiking, bird watching, and water sports.
  3. Sintra-Cascais Natural Park: This park, located near Lisbon, is known for its enchanting forests, cultural sites, and dramatic coastline. Visitors can explore historic castles, palaces, and enjoy scenic hikes with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
  4. Douro International Natural Park: Nestled along the border with Spain, this park follows the Douro River, known for its dramatic gorges, vineyards, and unique flora and fauna. It’s a UNESCO-recognized area, perfect for hiking, bird watching, and enjoying the picturesque landscape.
  5. Montesinho Natural Park: Situated in the northeastern part of Portugal, Montesinho is a remote and tranquil park known for its rugged terrain, traditional agricultural practices, and rich biodiversity. It’s an ideal location for nature enthusiasts and those seeking solitude.
  6. Ria Formosa Natural Park: Located in the Algarve region, this park is famous for its coastal lagoons, salt marshes, and barrier islands. It’s a haven for migratory birds and offers opportunities for bird watching, water sports, and exploring the unique ecosystems.
  7. Serra da Estrela Natural Park: This park is home to the highest peak in mainland Portugal, Torre, and is known for its mountainous landscapes, including glacial valleys, alpine meadows, and winter sports opportunities.
  8. Alvão Natural Park: Situated in northern Portugal, Alvão features rugged terrains, waterfalls, and unique rock formations. It’s a great destination for hiking, exploring caves, and experiencing the pristine wilderness.

These national parks offer a wide range of outdoor activities and opportunities to connect with nature. They also play a crucial role in conserving Portugal’s natural heritage and protecting its flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty and diverse ecosystems that make each park unique.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

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