Wildlife and Nature
The wildlife and nature in Portugal are in abundance when compared to how small the country is. With an area mass of 92,212 km square, there are many national parks and reserves to enjoy. Not only is Portugal a diverse country based on its people, but the diverse animal life here is also amazing. Some native species of Portugal that you should come across are the Iberian lynx and wolf, the man o’ war, and the white stork.
The Iberian lynx preys on the European rabbit. Did you know that there were 300 Iberian wolfs in Portugal in 2013? The white stork can be found nesting in high places. Of course, dolphins are a popular sight, here in Portugal, due to all the water. Other wildlife such as birds, bats, lizards, beetles, and whales can be found as well.
In terms of nature parks in Portugal, let’s take a look at a few parks you won’t want to miss:
- Alvão Natural Park
- Montesinho Natural Park
- Sintra-Cascais Natural Park
- South Alentejo + Vicenti Coast
- Peneda-Geres National Park
- Arrabida Natural Park
- Serra da Estrela Natural Park
- Ria Formosa Natural Park
- Litoral Norte Natural Park
- Douro International Natural Park
Nature and Wildlife when Visiting Portugal
Many people start off by visiting Portugal due to all the nature and beautiful scenery this country offers. However, shortly after people learn how easy it is to move and work in Portugal, or retire, traveling to Portugal becomes a thing of the past. You will find more and more people from around the world now call Portugal their home.
Many people who visit Portugal are blown away by the architecture of Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto; however, they don’t think to leave the city and experience the nature and wildlife of the countryside. Portugal has a lot more to offer than city life. When exploring the city, you are not going to see as much wildlife and nature as you would if you left the hustle and bustle behind.
Must-See Nature Parks in Portugal
If you want to see a beautiful waterfall, don’t forget to check out Alvão Natural Park. This place is a nature lover’s dream. With the variety of landscapes in this park, you will feel engulfed with tranquility. If you are a bird watcher, head over to Ria Formosa Natural Park. This park is stunning and is a great place to have a picnic and lounge in the sun. While you are exploring the park, check out the lagoons and wetlands. You will find many unique birds flying around.
Some people have a goal of hiking to the tallest peak wherever they travel. If that is your forte, you will want to check out Serra da Estrela Natural Park. This park offers incredible views, as it comprises the largest mountain range in Portugal. You will be at the highest peak of Portugal. Furthermore, Portugal is a place where you can sit and relax and literally do nothing but watch the wildlife and have a good time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with activities; relaxing in Portugal is just as fun!
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