Faia Brava Reserve
We will be hiking through Faia Brava Reserve, along the great Coa Valley, a 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
While hiking through Faia Brava Reserve we will be able to enjoy the great diversity of the Coa Valley wildlife. 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: from 3h to 5h
Extension: 5km to 9,5km
Type: linear / circular
Altitude differences: 159m (363m to 522m).
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.
The price of the activity is applied to a minimum of 6 participants and includes specialized guide, insurance, fee for wildlife conservation.
Booking is confirmed after a pre-payment of 50%.
Groups till 15 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.