Need a dose of nature? Vila do Bispo awaits you


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In the extreme southwest of Europe is a refuge for migratory birds. As if more reasons were needed to justify a visit to Sagres, the region will host the 13th Festival of Bird Watching & Nature Activities. But this is just one of the many opportunities to discover the natural beauty of the Vincentian landscape.

Life is made of question marks, but there is always a comforting feeling in knowing that if there is one thing we can always count on, it is that, year after year, the municipality of Vila do Bispo will be with open arms to welcome us. And we, of course, will continue to marvel at the endless beauty of this county embraced by the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina Natural Park.

Characterized by Atlantic beaches marked by imposing cliffs on the western coast and sheltered coves and bays on the southern coast, Vila do Bispo is everything we could wish for in the warm months. However, even if we think we already know the region in depth, there are times of the year when all the secrets are revealed, whether they are hidden in the sky, on land or in the sea.

If you haven’t marked your vacation on the calendar yet, focus on the months of September and October, when you still feel the strong summer sun, but the winds are already blowing from the season. On board this change arrive numerous species of birds that find in Sagres, ex-libris of the county, the crossing point in migratory trips to Africa.

As this is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena, you can admire it in the 13th Bird Watching & Nature Activities Festival. The festival, organized by the Vila do Bispo City Council in partnership with the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) and the Almargem Association, will bring together more than 200 activities, which promise to make holidays unforgettable for the whole family.

From the 1st to the 5th of October, the opportunities to admire the local biodiversity will never run out. Starting with the observation sessions for birds of prey and large and small gliders on the ground. As going to their natural habitat is the best way to check the behavior of the different species, prepare comfortable shoes to walk along the trails that cross the region, such as the Fishermen’s Trail, on the Rota Vicentina. Not only will you admire animals of unique beauty, but you will also discover the natural and geological heritage of Vila do Bispowhich you may have missed the previous year.

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