Monte da Ameira
Between a living and authentic rural culture and a surprisingly wild coastline, Alentejo proposes a unique experience of these two worlds. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.
The Lagoas de Santo André e da Sancha Natural Reserve (3.135 ha) includes two coastal ponds, small ponds in dune depressions, the "wells", and an adjacent marine section, area with sandy substrate which is abundant in annelids and bivalves, which serve as food to several marine fish species. Of the ichthyological fauna of the Santo André lagoon we highlight the Eel and the Roach, a rare species in Portugal. Birds are the most important fauna group since the Natural Reserve is located on an important migratory corridor and contains a diversity of resting places as well as abundant food resources. The list of observed bird species exceeds 270 and it is common to find groups of several thousands of aquatic birds. The vegetation includes reedbeds, rushes and willow woods to which we add maritime pine plantations and Atlantic shrub land including some Portuguese endemic species such as Linaria ficalhoana e Armeria rouyana. The variety of the vegetable mosaic, varied topography, the presence of water plains, the proximity to the sea and the luminosity itself give a clear landscape interest to the set. (Source: www.natural.pt)
A wine producing region with a long tradition, the Alentejo boasts wines that will surprise you for their excellence, aromas and colours as unique as the landscape. And if you add the delicious Alentejo cheeses and the fragrant flavours of the Alentejo cuisine to the wines, your visit will surely be richer and more complete. Know more: www.vinhosdoalentejo.pt Did you Know? Portugal has, in its cultural heritage, a very genuine musical expression, unique in the world, the "Cante Alentejano" (Alentejo Song), now recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
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