The Faia Brava Reservation is the first private protected area in Portugal hidden away in the steep-sided Côa valley. Here there is space for nature and wild life, large rock-dwelling birds choose this site for nesting - eagles, griffon vultures and Egyptian vultures. There are herds of semi-wild horses and local cattle and a huge range of plants and animals to discover.
The 850 hectares of Faia Brava have been a site to demonstrate forestry protection, environmental education and eco-tourism, purely to protect nature and implement ecological restoration actions.
CP Services: Intercidades
08:30 - Leave Lisbon Santa Apolónia on the Intercidades 511
12:59 - Arrive at Guarda for the transfer to the Faia Brava Reservation
14:30 - Start the Faia Brava Discovery tour
16:30 - Snack at the Sobreiro
17:15 - Continuation of the Faia Brava Discovery tour
20:00 - Dinner at Hortas da Sabóia
21:30 - Night-time walk
23:00 - Overnight stay at Faia Brava - Camp
7:00 - Dawn and breakfast at Hortas da Sabóia
7:45 - Start of bird watching
11:00 - End of the activity
11:30 - Transfer back to Guarda station
13:02 - Board the Intercidades 512 or 514
17:30 - Arrival back at Lisbon Santa Apolónia
Programme limited to a maximum of 8 participants.
Faia Brava Discover tour (4WD circuit of the Reservation)
Night-time walk after dinner
Faia Brava Bird watching (Walking tour for bird watching for non-specialists, with help from an ornithologist who knows Faia Brava well, with binoculars)
Price (€600 for each group of 8 people) + train journeys.