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Serra de São Mamede

@ From Portalegre n Rua Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 22, Portalegre; 245 307 445

The diverse geology and capricious climate of this remote mountain range, which could be on the Mediterranean rather than the Atlantic Ocean, encourage a fascinating range of flora and fauna. In 1989, 320 sq km (120 sq miles) of the Serra were designated a Nature Park, as classified by the EUROPARC Federation. Red deer, wild boar and the cat-like genet live among the sweet chestnut trees and holm oaks, and streams attract otters and amphibians, such as the Iberian midwife toad. Look out, too, for griffon vultures and Bonelli’s eagles soaring overhead, as well as bats from one of ...

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