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Nature of Portugal - national parks and reserves for active recreation

Miniférias Portugal is clearly divided into the northern wooded and southern plains parts. The south of the country is characterized in its appearance by the bright colors of ripening wheat, groves of olive trees, as well as cork oak plantations. The largest deep-water rivers of Portugal are the Tagus, Douro and Guadiale, which has its origin in Spain.
The Portuguese are known to celebrate with joy all kinds of holidays and festivals. The reasons for celebrations could range from pilgrimages, …
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The most popular resort destination is the southern tip of the country, especially the Alargve region, which occupies more than 150 kilometer of coastal strip and stretches from Monte Gordo in the east to Lagos in the west. The northern part of the State is rich in small towns with fully preserved architectural monuments.
Portugal is rich, especially in protected original attractions. The largest and most famous is the Park, Penede-Gerês, famous for its shady groves, wild birds and animals. Close to the deep Douro, there is the Douro Park well suited for families with children. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The Mediterranean climate is dominant in Portugal. The ocean has a huge influence on its formation. Air masses coming from the ocean make the …
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The garden of tropical plants “Monte”, located in Madeira, will offer guests an unforgettable experience with rides on a cable car, as well as leisure strolls through the Botanical Garden. The Monte village will allow the visitors of Portugal to feel the unique color of the country. The small town of Furnas located on the island of San Miguel in the Azores archipelago, will please fans who wish to explore the beauty of nature with its unique and clean lake located in the crater of a long extinct volcano. 
Park “Bukasu” located on the west of Serra da Estrela, is a former territory of the monastery carefully guarded by the monks of the Order of the Carmelites since the 17th century. Age-old cedars brought to the country from Goan are abundantly planted on the huge territory (more than 400 hectares) of the monastery. In addition to the relict trees, the park has about 400 species of rare plants. The center of the reserve is the San Mamede Ridge, a habitat for bears. The protected natural area is a traditional place for eco-tourism popular in the modern world.
The transport infrastructure of Portugal is at a decent level. Most of the transport companies in the country are private owned. Due to constant …
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The Natsural do Estuarie do Sado Valley located near the Sado River, is the final migration point for more than 200 species of migratory birds. The storks traditionally stop on the eastern extremity and nest there, while the plains are chosen by violet herons and bitterns. The water areas are the dolphins’ habitat. Every day, they travel from Sado to the Atlantic Ocean and back. 
Traditionally, this agrarian and religious southern country takes care of its natural resources, carefully guarding the protected areas, rich flora and fauna. For example, non-compliance with the rules for the use of combustible items and the indiscriminate dumping of lighted cigarette butts in the nature protection zone is punishable by imprisonment.
Portugal is a democratic state in which the Republican government predominates. The state functions on the basis of the Constitution, which was …
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It should be noted that the abundant natural wealth and warm climate of Portugal contributes to the development of tourism at any time of the year. Guests of the country can not only admire the pristine nature which are carefully preserved by the Portuguese, but also visit a variety of contact zoos, oceanariums and pristine lakes. 
The main principle of preserving Portugal’s natural heritage is a clear division of land between specific owners. Thus, there is no “nobody’s” land in the country which remains without the care of any of the citizens. The presence of a fence around a piece of land indicates that it is a private property and as such, the presence of unauthorized persons is unwelcome. Friendly and hospitable people of warm Portugal, loving noisy fun and magnificently celebrating all holidays, is loyal to law-abiding guests of their sunny homeland.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Portugal

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Map of all parks
National and city parks of Portugal
♥   Nature Park 'Alvão' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Arrábida' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Douro Internacional' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Laurisilva of Madeira' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Litoral Norte' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Madeira' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Montesinho' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Peneda-Gerês' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Ria Formosa' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Park 'Serra da Estrela' . On the map   Photos

Famous places and sights of Portugal

Ponte Vasco da Gama

From the series “Unbelievable and Magnificent Bridges and Viaducts”
The longest bridge in Europe is located in Lisbon and was named to honor the excellent navigator Vasco da Gama. The length of the bridge is 17.2 km. The bridge over the Tajo River was opened in 1998 and is characterized by the incredibly harmonious shape. The bridge was opened on 29th March on the occasion of the important historical event - the 500th anniversary of the discovery of a route from Europe to India. The bridge looks incredibly fine and impressive, especially at night when it is adorned with thousands of LED lights. The illumination system of the bridge is unique and has been developed according to modern ecological standards. So that the light did not disturb the inhabitants of the Tagus river at night, it is directed exclusively upwards.

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Stone House

From the series “The Most Bizarre and Fancy Living Houses”
The hikers can see the unique stone house in Portugal. In contrast to millions of other houses, it was not built 'out', but 'in' the stone. The house is located in the picturesque mountain area, not far from Fafe city and was still built in 1974. The huge stone has excited the attention of the resourceful construction workers more than forty years ago. They decided to save the money for the building materials chiseling out the rooms in the stone. The realization of the original project has required a lot of time and energy.

The unique house is two storey, on its first floor is the spacious living room with the fireplace. The tiled roof protects the stone house from the storm. And through the original asymmetrical windows, which were manually carved out, the residents can graze in the … Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of Portugal

Lisbon
Another interesting object of architectonic art in Lisbon is Bikush House which construction was ended in 1523. Its façade is executed in a unique style fronted with tracery stone cut as diamonds. In 1755 the construction was severely harmed with the earthquake with two upper stages totally destroyed. Nowadays the Bikush House hosts an exhibition center in which the art students and amateur artists perform their works. Speaking of historical sites, St George Castle is worthy of special … Read more
Albufeira
You should also not forget to visit the old building of the Municipality, which is now converted into Archaeological Museum. Among the archaeological finds present at the museum you will find ancient manuscripts, household items and tools that once have belonged to the first settlers of the ancient city. While walking along the city’s streets, you can see numerous notable mansions and beautiful monuments, each of which has its own unique history. The city’s suburban areas are also full of … Read more
Porto
Porto is also home to one of the most beautiful bridges in the country, which connects the city and Vila Nova de Gaia. An openwork arc, which length estimates 172 meters, was designed by the world-renowned engineer Eiffel. There is a special area for pedestrians on the bridge, so don’t forget to visit this place – a walk in this places will become a real pleasure. Fans of walks should not forget to visit the local botanical garden, which is also the oldest one in the country – the garden … Read more
Funchal
Palheiro Park is also one of the unique attractions; there is an extensive collection of exotic plants and flowers brought from different parts of the world on its territory. The Jardins Botanicos da Madeira is the main natural attraction of the city. Its collection consists of more than two thousand different plants, among which are very unique and rare species. Parrots are main inhabitants of the beautiful garden; the collection of birds is also very diverse and admirable. One of the oldest … Read more
Lagos
During the tour, vacationers can admire the ancient religious building, as well as enjoy the panoramic view that can be seen from the hill. An important object is the church of Carmo, which is the surviving part of an old monastery. Today, the biggest part of the building is in ruins, but due to surviving fragments visitors can appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the former structure. The church of St. Mary is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. It was completed … Read more
Portimao
In spite of the fact that it is considered center of beach tourism and there are not any important historical sights, Carvoeiro is one of the most beautiful and romantic city’s districts. Villas located near the seaside are the real works of architectural art. Near the resort there are some touristic objects too. Lovers of ecological tourism need to include visiting of Estombar cave in their resting program. It is located in picturesque natural region and it is one of the most famous sights … Read more
Vilamoura
Calcadao de Quarteira is another great place for strolling. It is the central street of Quarteira, which is striking with numerous interesting restaurants, bars, hotels - this is where their greatest number is concentrated. In addition, you can easily get to the beach from here. It is worth noting that there are no parks in the city. Instead, there are golf clubs amazing with an abundance of greenery. Dom Pedro Golf Collection is considered the best club that guarantees aesthetic pleasure. … Read more
Braga
A part of the palace’s premises is occupied by the oldest library in Braga. It stores ancient manuscripts, many of which are important historical documents, and approximately three hundred thousand books. The age of many books is more than one hundred years. Of course, these are not all places of interest that are recommended for visiting. Among newer religious monuments travellers are recommended to visit Misericordia, Santa Cruz and Sao Joao de Souto churches, the construction of which took … Read more

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