Esposende, a privilege of nature
The Northern Littoral Natural Park (Portuguese: Parque Natural do Litoral Norte) is one of the thirteen natural parks of Portugal. It encompasses the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in the municipality of Esposende. The park was created to preserve the dunes and the wildlife in the area, mainly birds and fish. In a county that combines all aspects of nature, Esposende has to offer extensive sand dunes, pine forests and woodlands, hills and fossil cliffs, rivers and the sea, all framed in a dynamic equilibrium that allow us to say: "Esposende, a privilege of nature".
The marsh and estuary of Cávado river that go with, it is presented as a strategic place for the migratory birds that look for a refuge from the cold of the harshest winters in the North and Central Europe. Neiva river and its clear waters, green pine forest of Ofir and the stunning views that offer different viewpoints about Esposende, are just some of the interesting features of the county in which the richness of the natural landscape and heritage built by human hand as is the case of windmills, fields in the trough, the forts and mills, are combined in a unique harmony, forming landscapes of high scenic and environmental value and confirms Esposende as one of the most beautiful counties in the North region.
The birding spot is only half an hour from Porto’s city center and its airport, making your trip confortable and fast, leaving you with more time for what’s interesting.
Esposende has a rich gastronomy based on good meat and fresh caught fish and amazing pastry. It’s a pleasure to take our guests to a local, family run restaurant and see that the food always exceeds their expectations.
Accommodation In Esposende does not how to be bad and you can have several options at a walking distance from the birding spots. If you don’t want to walk there’s also bikes and the area is perfect for this.
Fall in love with the magical places of this small city, with stunning scenery and everything you are looking for an unforgettable experience
Portugal is among Europe's top destinations to watch birds in their natural habitat. The north is rich in scenarios that allow direct contact with nature and tranquility.
The Douro International Natural Park, created in 1998, has over 85 000 hectares. The park reaches its maximum altitude (895 meters) quite near the northern border with Spain, at Nossa Senhora da Luz, and the minimum altitude (125 meters) just before the limit of the park, very close to Barca de Alva. The steep banks, also known as “arribas” / cliffs, offer a rich wildlife, especially in relation to nesting birds: the Griffon Vulture, the Egyptian Vulture, the Black Stork, the Golden Eagle, the Bonelli's Eagle, among others.
Albergaria-a-Velha, in the area covered by the Baixo Vouga Lagoon, there is a paradise ans birds love it .
Um complex mosaic of habitats including forests, agricultural areas and water courses, there are numerous resident species, but migratory birds are also in this space perfect conditions to nest or feed themselves and rest.Similar conditions of Esposende and Parque Litoral Norte but with different species of birds.