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North Coast Natural Park

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North Coast Natural Park
Location Rua Primeiro de Dezembro 65
4740-226 ESPOSENDE
District:Braga
County :Esposende
Parish:Esposende
Contacts Tel:253965830
Fax:253965330
Email:apple@icn.pt

The Protected Landscape of Esposende Coast, which has been converted in the Natural Park of the North Coast covers a 1237ha area, stretching from Neiva estuary to Apúlia beach, passing by Cávado estuary. Its area was also enlarged by the sea along a 2,5 miles’ length, which led to the creation of a mixed park on land and on the sea with a setting and biodiversity, absolutely unique in Portugal. This park includes beaches and dunes, along with coastal rocks, the estuaries of Cávado and Neiva rivers, pine woods and forests, rural landscapes that are based upon an ancient agricultural tradition, especially the picking of maritime algae and small crustaceans. Dune protection is one of the main goals of this park, since tourism pressure has led to growing coastal erosion. Therefore, dune vegetation plays a major role in steadying sand. The main species are maritime thistle, beachgrass and sea cudweeds. In the transition zones to the woods, you will find some exotic species such as the weeping willow and the acacia. Further to the interior, there are areas of wild pines. In terms of fauna, you can observe several migratory and resident species, such as the grey heron, the mallard and the common kingfisher. The most common fish species are the lamprey, the bass and the mullet. Finally, it is worth mentioning one of the most emblematic elements of this protected landscape area: the typical windmills spread throughout Apúlia sands. There are simple, but well-preserved constructions, perfectly integrated in the involving landscape.

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Responsable: Instituto de Conservação da Natureza/Director: Dr. Duarte Figueiredo.

Area covered: 44 ha.

Services available: Information Center, Interpretation Center, Picnic Area, Restaurant, Eco-Museum site

Access: By car - IC1, National Road (EN) 13 Foz do Neiva.

Area covered: County of Esposende, parishes of Antas, Apúlia, Belinho, Fão, Mar and Marinhas.

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MORE INFORMATION

Responsable: Instituto de Conservação da Natureza/Director: Dr. Duarte Figueiredo.

Area covered: 44 ha.

Services available: Information Center, Interpretation Center, Picnic Area, Restaurant, Eco-Museum site

Access: By car - IC1, National Road (EN) 13 Foz do Neiva.

Area covered: County of Esposende, parishes of Antas, Apúlia, Belinho, Fão, Mar and Marinhas.

If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

Localização Rua Primeiro de Dezembro 65
4740-226 ESPOSENDE
Distrito:Braga
County:Esposende
Parish:Esposende
Contactos Tel:253965830
Fax:253965330
Email:apple@icn.pt
www.icn.pt

If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

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