Protected areas of São Brás
With a territorial range of about 150 km2, between the Barrocal and Serra, São Brás de Alportel is a vast area classified because of its natural heritage, geological wealth, environmental diversity and geographical and climatic characteristics, give your need for protect. However, to observe such beauty, it is best to use the sights: the Chestnuts, 330 meters above sea level, this includes the village and the sea, with a space for convivial moments and leisure and perfect to rest after a walking tour of the Valley de Alportel; Altos of Plum, the spots where the mountain kisses the sea, a chaos of green and blue, the Picnic Park is located in MS. 1202, north of the Cova da site of Changes, is perfect to take a break and enjoy the view; Alto da Arroteia, between the mountains and the sea, with 368 meters of altitude, it benefits the most beautiful landscapes of the Algarve interior, offering the horizon saw, barrocal and waterfront.
The territory of São Brás offers a range of rich landscapes, including valleys and mountain peaks, with limestone land, greywacke and shale, which can be exploited by geopontos, which have an interpretation of geomorphological wealth and explain all evolution of this territory, from its inception to the present day, which highlights the geoponto of Funchais, which offers a panoramic view over the village and its history.
The Holm Oak Park is a nice space that your name is one of the most important trees of the natural heritage of the region. The holm de Alportel is from 1942, a tree of public interest, and is considered as one of the most imposing holm of Portugal. This is distributed from north to south of Portugal, occupying an area of 55,000 hectares, from the Algarve coast to the mountains of Tras-os-Montes. In the Algarve, this tree was abundant in the primitive forest of Barrocal, however, due to anthropogenic action, there are already a few examples. This species is well adapted to heat and dryness, but is more sensitive to cold, the leaves remain for a period of 3 to 4 years, flowering from March to April, while its fruit, the acorn matures in November . This acorn is in man’s power and now it is also used for feeding pigs, craft production. Already popular medicine seeks the properties of this fruit, which cure diarrhea and desinterias. The peels of young oaks trunk, its leaves and acorns are rich in tannin.
At the site of the Axes, the Poets Park is a space dedicated to the Algarve poets, where some poems, including a popular poet Antonio de Sousa Rosa
Heading north, after the village of Alportel, is the beautiful park of the Railway Source, hidden within the Serra do Caldeirão, and a perfect place to stop and to enjoy the nature around.
Near the sites of Alportel and Treasurer between the Barrocal and Serra, where the earth is red hue due to its geological area known as Gola, of volcano-sedimentary origin, arises and Source da Silva, a perfect little room for leisure and allows you to enjoy the Alportel Valley.