Faia Brava Reserve

Located in the Coa Valley, along the border of Guarda District, the Faia Brava Reserve covers about 1000ha of land in the municipalities of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and Pinhel. In this sector, the steep slopes of the river are formed by granite outcroppings and cliffs, a good habitat for the cliff-breeding birds. This area is inserted in the Coa Valley SPA (Natura 2000) and IBA (Birdlife International Important Bird Area) and, finally, in the Archaeological Park of the Coa Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2010 the Faia Brava Reserve was classified by the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Institute (ICNB) as the first private protected area of the country and is also currently a pilot area of the European project Rewilding Europe, for the creation of wild natural areas and for the development of nature tourism in Europe.

Côa River valley
Garrano horses
Cork Oak forest

MAIN NATURAL VALUES:

The Coa Valley fauna is quite diverse, and this is the key factor for the value of this natural reserve. The most emblematic animals are the cliff-breeding birds, of which stand out: Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata), Eagle Owl (Bubo Bubo), Alpine Swift (Apus melba) and, recently, White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer). Other interesting birds are the Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), the Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), the European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), the Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), the Orphean Warbler (Sylvia hortensis), the Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), the Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans), the Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator), the Iberian Magpie (Cyanopica cooki), the Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor), the Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis), At the Reserve we can still found an interesting representation of reptiles, with Spiny-footed Lizard (Acanthodactylus erythruros), Ocellated Lizard (Timon lepidus), Large Psammodromus (Psammodromus algirus), Moorish Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica), Spanish Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa), Ladder Snake (Elaphe scalaris), and amphibians such as Bosca’s Newt (Triturus boscai), Marbled Newt (Triturus marmoratus) and Iberian Water Frog (Rana perezi). There are also a great diversity of insects but, the emphasis is on butterflies like the Moroccan Orange Tip (Anthocharis euphenoides), the Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra), the Spanish Marbled White (Melanargia ines), the Southern Gatekeeper (Pyronia cecilia).

Among the plants, the focus goes for the Spring flowers, which we emphasize some species of orchids like the Serapias lingua, Serapias cordigera and the Orchis coriophora.

Other values:

The rock engravings and cave paintings of Faia (UNESCO), 10 traditional dovecotes, the Maronesa herd of cows and the Garrano horses in semi-wild state.


DATASHEET

Meeting point: Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

Duration: 1 day.

Type: mixed (pedestrian and vehicle).

Price per person: 30,00 € (with a minimum of 4 inscriptions)

The price of the activity includes specialized guide, transport from Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, fee for nature conservation, insurance.

Groups up to 6 participants. Other conditions please contact us.

Must add 23% of VAT.

HOW TO REGISTER

Through the contacts available, indicating your name and cell phone contact/email.

The reservation is only guaranteed upon payment of 50% of the registration fee.


Suggestions for accommodation in the region:

Casa da Cisterna

Hospedaria do Convento

Quinta de Pero Martins

Star Camp