Vilamoura Environmental Park - The Perfect Place To Explore

By Advertiser, in Algarve, Renature, Tourism · 23-04-2021 01:00:00 · 1 Comments

Are you looking for somewhere you can be in contact with nature while learning more?

At the Vilamoura Environmental Park you’ll find amazing landscapes together with beautiful rare fauna and flora along a 5km nature trail. Throughout the park information panels explain the nearby surroundings and serve as a guide.

The path begins near the banks of the Ribeira de Quarteira and extends to the bird hide of a large lagoon, closer to Vilamoura, before returning. The nature trail can be enjoyed on foot, by bicycle or even on horseback while strolling through farmlands and areas of interest, while information panels along the route highlight the vast flora and fauna that can be observed. There are two bird-watching hides en route.

The diversity of the park allows many species to thrive, including the lutra lutra, while there is also a chance to see mammals and reptiles, like the striped-back-tortoise (emys orbicularis) and Mediterranean-tortoise (maurremys leprosa).
Typical trees from the Algarve can be found along the route, including several species that are representative of the old orchards. The carob tree (ceratonia siliqua) is one of them, but there is also the olive tree (olea europaea), the almond tree (prunus dulcis) and the fig tree (ficus carica).

Jocelyn McCall Ferreira, Why Vilamoura?

Bird Watching

The Vilamoura Environmental Park is also home to the largest reedbed in the South of Portugal.

This reedbed attracts several bird species, especially during migration periods.

Some of these birds, are rare, including the purple heron (ardea purpurea), the little bittern (ixobrychus minutes), the purple swamp-hen (porphyrio porphyrio) and the marsh harrier (circus aeruginosus).

In the bird observatories, information panels showcase various species using both text and images. The Environmental Park’s location, along with the reedbed, farm land and lakes allows birds to be observed all year round.

Pay a visit to Vilamoura to discover all it has to offer at any time of the year.

For more information visit us on

Vilamoura Environmental Park
Parque Ambiental de Vilamoura,
Estr. de Albufeira 8125-300


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Your article regards Villa Moura is a good one, We both use Villa Moura loads every week, as well as many British expats who come in their droves for the rare birds we get there.
Unfortunately there is an element (Not Expat or bird watchers) that seem to go there to cause a nuisance by Graffiti, drinking, Smoking drugs on a very regular basis.
I have personally many times, carried out repairs to both hides, once after the main door was ripped off & thrown into the lake.
The facilities & management of the park is not up to scratch no where near as good as it could be.
they do not realise how important these parks are to the Algarve regards the Bird species that are seen and registered here , as well as other locations (Salgados, where the facilities are a disgrace & non existant for bird watchers).
I personally, as do many others think this issue is not taken serious enough, & just loads of blab ,blab. to keep people thinking things are get done.
Never mind, same old same old.

By Carl Mason from Algarve on 27-04-2021 06:23
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