An eco-friendly Portugal

An eco-friendly Portugal

To impose itself as a competitive European tourist destination, Portugal has put much effort into aligning with the most strict demands of eco tourism. Today we thought we would like to show you an eco-friendly Portugal.

Before we delve deeper into the discussion, let’s see what ecotourism actually is. The principle of ecotourism describes a recent tendency for travelers to focus on pristine, undisturbed areas instead of “commercial” places open to the masses. Ecotourism also strives to educate travelers to affect the environment as little as possible and to respect nature.

Portugal was quite slow to introduce ecotourism, but once it started to spread, the whole country became “contaminated” by this trend. Let’s look at a few awesome eco sites in Portugal.

Located in Mino, near Braga and close to the Spanish border, Peneda-Geres is Portugal’s biggest national park. Along the steep and rather inhospitable Gres mountains, this outstanding park officially founded in 1971 displays a rich flora and fauna in a landscape of gigantic rocks and fresh springs. Tourists are welcome to explore the regions designated for the purpose, but there are vast areas that are fully protected.

Another salutary project is Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort, also set in Northern Portugal, between Vila Real and Chaves. It contains seven wooden buildings at the highest eco standards that represent in finest detail the countryside environment. Cars are banned from the area, so that the air is fresh and there is peace and quiet for all those who seek refuge from reality for a few days.

Near the capital city, Lisbon, the small town of Setubal is the gateway to the wild, rich ecosystem of the Sado River. Vast rice fields, farms and dolphin sightings are among the things you are in for with a visit to the Reserva Natural do Estuario do Sado.

These are just a few places that give you an insight into an eco-friendly Portugal tourism.