Birding Ria de Aveiro With its mild climate, 3000 hours of sunshine per year Portugal is the perfect holiday destination all year round. With an exceptional range of different landscapes just short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.
Situated in the extreme southwest of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.
Come and discover the charms of this country too.
Ria de Aveiro
The Aveiro Lagoon “Ria de Aveiro” is one of the most important wetlands in Portugal. From the Atlantic coast, through the dunes, salt-pans and reed bed areas up to the first woods you will discover different habitats with a rich and varied birdlife. The Lagoon has the status of Important Bird Area (IBA) and Special Protection Area (SPA).
Douro River Valley
The Douro River Valley includes Douro Internacional Natural Park, SPA – Douro Internacional e Vale do rio Águeda and also SPA – Vale do Côa. Is constituted by little plateaus crosscut by deep river valleys that run up to river Douro, where croplands, vineyards and olive and almond orchards rounded by hedgerows and matorral habitat. Mixed farmlands for pasture, old oak forests and cork and holm oak trees are also important and makes it a SCI (Site of Community Importance).
In 2010, a part of the area was classified as Portugal’s first Private Protected Area (PPA), and a Management Plan was drawn up to guide the operations in the properties managed by the Nature and Transhumance Association (ATN), in the Vale do Coa SPA.