DOURO INTERNACIONAL NATURAL PARK
During Douro Internacional on a Discovery, we will focus on the area of the Natural Park formed by the canyon of Douro river. It comprises the natural border this river form between Portugal and Spain and also includes the last kilometers of the Águeda river, totaling 85,150 hectares. It is one of the largest rivers in the Iberian Peninsula and, when it enters Portugal, it appears as a deep valley.
THE WILDLIFE OF THE GREAT IBERIAN CANYON
Formed by vertical cliffs, this river cannon extends for 130km within the Natural Park. With these characteristics, it assumes itself as the “Grand Canyon” of the Iberian Peninsula and is one of the wildest areas of southern europe, home to the most important cliff-breeding bird populations. These are mostly formed by vultures (Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture and Egyptian Vulture), Golden Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle and Black Stork.
However, there are also smaller species such as the Peregrine Falcon, the Chough, the Alpine Swift, the Black Wheatear and the Blue Rock Thrush. It is also the habitat of some elusive mammals, like the Iberian Wolf, the Wildcat and the Roe Deer.
BOTANIC VALUES OF DOURO INTERNACIONAL NATURAL PARK
The botanical characteristics of the valley bring together an interesting set of plants, some of them endemic from this region of the Iberian Península. Plants like the Anarrhinum duriminium, the Linaria saxatilis, the Erysimum linifolium, the Ornithogalum concinnum or the Linaria aeruginea. Some mediterranean plants are also common in the valley. The Prickly Juniper (Juniperus oxycedrus) or the Nettle Tree (Celtis australis). Among other interesting species we will be discovering along Douro Internacional on a Discovery.
Meeting point: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
Duration: half-day or full-day
Type: on vehicle, but with several stops for short walks
Recommended period: from October till June
Till 3 persons: 110,00 €
From 4 to 6 persons: 27,50 € /person
Till 3 persons: 140,00 €
From 4 to 6 persons: 35,00 € /person
The price of the activity includes specialized guide, transport from Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, insurance.
Groups up to 6 participants. Other conditions please contact us.
Discount offer to private costumers, equal to the VAT value. For companies and other entities, must add 23% VAT.