Natural Heritage

Natural Heritage

Zmar is located on the site of a former farm in the municipality of Odemira.


Odemira is the largest municipality in the country, covering an area of approximately 1,720 Km2. It contains all the typical landscape features of the Alentejo region, including plains, mountains, the sea, the river and the dam.


The Southwest Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Nature Reserve covers a large coastal area spanning the River Morgavel north of Porto Covo to Burgau, in addition to a marine area that extends 2 km from the coast. The Reserve also includes the Mira Valley.


It offers a great wealth and variety of flora and fauna, examples of which include the cork oak, strawberry tree, Portuguese oak, ash, bay, willow, plane, rock rose and juniper. Bird lovers will find some very interesting species here, in particular the white storks which nest on the cliffs. Other unusual species of bird include the European shag, peregrine falcon and kestrel.


The beaches and fishing harbours which line the cliffs of the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Nature Reserve offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy the unique natural heritage of the area.


Southwest Alentejo Beaches: the sandy expanses of Malhão and Aivados give way further to the south to small beaches at the foot of the high cliffs: Almograve, Zambujeira do Mar, Carvalhal and the Odeceixe estuary.


Vicentina Coast Beaches: Amoreira, Montes-Clérigos, Arrifana, Bordeira and Amado.


Small traditional Fishing Harbours: Porto do Canal (V.N.Milfontes), Lapa das Pombas (Almograve), Entrada da Barca (Zambujeira do Mar) and Azenha do Mar.


Those who venture inland within the municipality will also discover a vast and beautiful natural landscape. It is possible to explore the mountain or flood plain trails, discover the local windmills, sail up the River Mira and visit the Santa Clara dam or the white, flower-filled villages.









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