Arrábida

The Arrábida Natural Park sits on the northern slope of the Sado River estuary in Portugal. The park was founded in 1976 and covers 108 square kilometres (41.7 miles²). The highest point in the park is marked by the Serra da Arrábida, 499 m (1637 ft) high. The park covers the Arrábida Hills, which mediterranean-like vegetation and microclimate resemble Adriatic locations such as Dalmatia. Two of the park beaches are popular among the inhabitants of Lisbon and Setúbal. Those beaches are Portinho da Arrábida and Figueirinha. The first one, on a small bay, and with a little island off the shore, is especially famous, being a regular feature on Portuguese TV commercials. In 2004, a fire destroyed a significant part of the park, which is now slowly recovering.

External links

* [http://portal.icn.pt/ICNPortal/vPT/Areas%20Protegidas/ParquesNaturais/Arrabida/ Official Site of the (Portuguese) Institute for Nature Conservation] (Portuguese language)


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