We will be hiking along the Coa Valley, in the interior Center of Portugal, at Faia Brava Private Protected Area. This nature reserve actually covers about 1000ha. In this area, the slopes of the Coa river are formed by granite outcroppings, with cliffs, providing great conditions for several species of birds. This territory also includes the Coa Valley SPA (Natura 2000) and the IBA (Birdlife International Important Bird Area) and, finally, it is integrated in the Archaeological Park of the Coa Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2010 the Faia Brava Reserve was classified by the Portuguese Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Institute (ICNB) as the first private protected area of the country and is currently a pilot area of the European project Rewilding Europe, whose main goal is to create wild natural areas and to estimulate nature tourism development in Europe.
Main natural values
The Coa Valley fauna is quite diverse and important for conservation, and this is the main feature of Faia Brava Reserve. The most emblematic group are the cliff-breeding birds, of which stand out: the Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), the Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), the Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata), the Eagle Owl (Bubo Bubo), the Alpine Swift (Apus melba). Recently, it was also confirmed the nesting of White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer).
Group of engravings and rock paintings of Faia (UNESCO), traditional dovecotes, Maronesas herd of cows and Garrano horses in semi-wild state.
Duration: about 5h
Altitude differences: 159m (363m to 522m).
Accumulated ascent: 246m.
Accumulated descent: 94m.
RECOMMENDATIONS AND PRACTICAL ADVICE
For this activity you need comfortable footwear (preferably mountain or sport boots), pants, windbreak and other clothing adapted to the season and weather forecasts. Hat and sunscreen. Take water (at least 1,5L) and individual snack consisting, among others, of sandwiches, fruit or energy bars, nuts.
The planned program may undergo some changes if the weather conditions are too adverse.
Price per person: € 22,50 (with a minimum of 6 inscriptions).
The price of the activity includes specialized guide, insurance, fee for wildlife conservation.
Groups till 15 participants. Other conditions please contact us.
Must add 23% VAT.