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  • Schist Break
    in other locations PATEIRA DE FERMENTELOS The lake commonly referred to as Pateira de Fermentelos stands out in the regional national and even international contexts The largest natural fresh water lake in the Iberian Peninsula has a great importance not only for the maintenance of the natural systems of the surrounding area and for the local populations in terms of natural socio economic and tourist contexts but also as a sensitive and relevant wetland area within NATURA 2000 network Several species with different national and international protection statuses live in this area and associated habitats and ecosystems Despite different environmental problems in the last few years the Pateira is presently going through an environmental and landscape requalification program MAIN SPECIES AQUATIC BIRDS Black Scoter Melanitta nigra Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Grey Heronl Ardea cinerea Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus Black winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta Redshank Tringa totanus Greenshank Tringa nebularia Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus Purple Heron Ardea purpurea Blossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Spoombill Platalea leucorodia Ruff Philomachus pugnax Whimbrell Numenius phaeopus Great White Egret Ardea alba White Stork Ciconia ciconia Cory s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis Guillemot Uria aalge BIG TERRESTIAL BIRDS Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus Short eared Owl Asio flammeus Osprey Pandion haliaetus Black winged Kite Elanus caeruleus Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Hobby Falco subbuteo Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius Little Owl Athene noctua Tawny Owl Strix aluco Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Hoopoe Upupa epops Wryneck Jynx torquilla Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur Black Kit Milvus migrans Buzzard Buteo buteo PASSERINES Crested Lark Galerida cristata Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Bluethroat Luscinia svecica Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala Whitethroat Sylvia communis Long tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus Coal Tit Parus ater Short toed Treecreeper

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  • Douro Birding
    The steep banks of the deep valley form highly spectacular and monumental ravines in which various bird species that are endangered at the national and international level build their nests who are undoubtedly also attracted by the proximity of farming and cattle raising units where it is easy to locate and obtain sources of nourishment The endangered species include the Egyptian vulture or Britango which has been chosen as the symbol of this power During the months of February and March with the almond trees in blossom nature offers a highly appreciated spectacle of beauty and colour that is celebrated in popular festivities CÔA VALLEY Through the imposing mountains of the north eastern region of Portugal where in early spring the almond trees are in full blossom and in autumn the vines are covered with fiery red leaves there runs into the River Douro from the south a tributary whose name is now known all around the world This is the River Côa whose vast valley contains many examples of a long flourishing artistic cycle Millennium after millennium the rock formations that line the river banks have been converted into panels covered with thousands of engravings bequeathed to us by our ancestors creative impulses Dating back to the beginning of the Upper Paleolithic Age these open air panels bear witness to an artistic vitality and mastery that have brought us into touch with 25 000 years of past time This extensive art gallery provides us with a record of the Neolithic period and the Iron Age and then transports us in one fell swoop across two thousand years of history to settle in the Modern Era with its religious representations names dates and even only a few decades ago some figures drawn by the children of a local miller Almost all the motifs are engraved in the rock presenting us with themes techniques and conventions common to other contemporary works in Western Europe such as those found hidden in the French Basque caves in the nineteenth century and which by the turn of the century were already being referred to as great art It was however not until the end of the twentieth century that we were suddenly to see the art of the Côa valley burst forth from the hidden recesses of the caves into the open air where the daily and seasonal interplay of light and shade simultaneously exposes and hides it in a fantastic game of revelation and concealment As the river wends its way from south to north towards the River Douro the last seventeen kilometres of its course form a valley that recently became Portugal s first archaeological park Since December 2 1998 it has been included in the list of monuments classified by UNESCO as World Heritage The subsequent simultaneous creation of the Côa Valley Archaeological Park and the National Rock Art Centre both of which have offices in Vila Nova de Foz Côa represented the culmination of an important government decision and one

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  • Aveiro Birding
    the puffin which resembles a small penguin and has been chosen as the symbol of a Nature Reserve The protected area also covers an important 985 hectare marine reserve with a highly diversified range of animal life Berlenga the largest island is the only one with inhabitants throughout the year limited to those persons required for indispensable services operation of the lighthouse and surveillance of the Nature Reserve thus living in absolute isolation Between May and October there is daily maritime transport from Peniche If this timetable does not suit you or you would like to visit the islands during a different period of the year there are small boats that can take you there subject to seafaring conditions Berlenga is the ideal spot for those who are looking for tranquillity far from the normal hustle and bustle of daily life given that the island can only be visited by a maximum of 350 persons at any one time In order to get to know the island better you may follow the pedestrian walks that will lead you to the grottoes to the Fortress of São João Baptista or simply find excellent spots in order to marvel at the spectacular landscapes PATEIRA DE FERMENTELOS The lake commonly referred to as Pateira de Fermentelos stands out in the regional national and even international contexts The largest natural fresh water lake in the Iberian Peninsula has a great importance not only for the maintenance of the natural systems of the surrounding area and for the local populations in terms of natural socio economic and tourist contexts but also as a sensitive and relevant wetland area within NATURA 2000 network Several species with different national and international protection statuses live in this area and associated habitats and ecosystems Despite different environmental problems in the last few years the Pateira is presently going through an environmental and landscape requalification program MAIN SPECIES AQUATIC BIRDS Black Scoter Melanitta nigra Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Grey Heronl Ardea cinerea Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus Black winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta Redshank Tringa totanus Greenshank Tringa nebularia Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus Purple Heron Ardea purpurea Blossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Spoombill Platalea leucorodia Ruff Philomachus pugnax Whimbrell Numenius phaeopus Great White Egret Ardea alba White Stork Ciconia ciconia Cory s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis Guillemot Uria aalge BIG TERRESTIAL BIRDS Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus Short eared Owl Asio flammeus Osprey Pandion haliaetus Black winged Kite Elanus caeruleus Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Hobby Falco subbuteo Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius Little Owl Athene noctua Tawny Owl Strix aluco Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Hoopoe Upupa epops Wryneck Jynx torquilla Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur Black Kit Milvus migrans Buzzard Buteo buteo PASSERINES Crested Lark Galerida cristata Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Bluethroat Luscinia svecica Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala Whitethroat Sylvia communis Long tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus Coal Tit Parus ater Short toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla

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  • Douro Break
    its inhabitants DOURO INTERNATIONAL The Douro Internacional Natural Park covers part of the municipalities of Miranda do Douro Mogadouro Freixo de Espada à Cinta and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo along the national frontier formed by the river Douro in an extension of around 122 km The steep banks of the deep valley form highly spectacular and monumental ravines in which various bird species that are endangered at the national and international level build their nests who are undoubtedly also attracted by the proximity of farming and cattle raising units where it is easy to locate and obtain sources of nourishment The endangered species include the Egyptian vulture or Britango which has been chosen as the symbol of this power There are major thermal fluctuations in the region s climate with cold winters and dry hot summers The southern area of the Park is integrated in the so called hot land During the months of February and March with the almond trees in blossom nature offers a highly appreciated spectacle of beauty and colour that is celebrated in popular festivities MAIN SPECIES Golden Eagle Aquila chysaetos Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus Scops Owl Otus scops Black Stork Ciconia nigra Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Short toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus Bee eater Merops apiaster Blue Rock Thrushl Monticola solitarius Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus Azure winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus Red rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica Cetti s Warbler Cettia cetti Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus White Stork Ciconia ciconia Black Kite Milvus migrans Buzzard Buteo buteo Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus Southern Grey Shrikel Lanius meridionalis TOUR DETAILS DAY 1 Pick up at Porto or Porto Airport Lunch PhotoTour in Porto World Heritage Transfer to Figueira Castelo Rodrigo Dinner Accommodation in double room APA DAY 2 MORNING Birding in

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  • Aveiro Break
    in other locations PATEIRA DE FERMENTELOS The lake commonly referred to as Pateira de Fermentelos stands out in the regional national and even international contexts The largest natural fresh water lake in the Iberian Peninsula has a great importance not only for the maintenance of the natural systems of the surrounding area and for the local populations in terms of natural socio economic and tourist contexts but also as a sensitive and relevant wetland area within NATURA 2000 network Several species with different national and international protection statuses live in this area and associated habitats and ecosystems Despite different environmental problems in the last few years the Pateira is presently going through an environmental and landscape requalification program MAIN SPECIES AQUATIC BIRDS Black Scoter Melanitta nigra Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Grey Heronl Ardea cinerea Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus Black winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta Redshank Tringa totanus Greenshank Tringa nebularia Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus Purple Heron Ardea purpurea Blossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Spoombill Platalea leucorodia Ruff Philomachus pugnax Whimbrell Numenius phaeopus Great White Egret Ardea alba White Stork Ciconia ciconia Cory s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis Guillemot Uria aalge BIG TERRESTIAL BIRDS Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus Short eared Owl Asio flammeus Osprey Pandion haliaetus Black winged Kite Elanus caeruleus Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Hobby Falco subbuteo Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius Little Owl Athene noctua Tawny Owl Strix aluco Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Hoopoe Upupa epops Wryneck Jynx torquilla Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur Black Kit Milvus migrans Buzzard Buteo buteo PASSERINES Crested Lark Galerida cristata Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Bluethroat Luscinia svecica Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala Whitethroat Sylvia communis Long tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus Coal Tit Parus ater Short toed Treecreeper

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  • Booking Conditions
    end points of the activity which are defined previously These programmes involve group activities so they imply respecting the days and times set for the start of the activities If accommodation is needed the client can be responsible for arranging it In this option Waypoint does not guarantee the transfer service to and from the place where the activities will be taking place in case it is included in the package If the client wants to cancel the reservation and communicates the cancellation up to ten 10 days before the starting date of the activity Waypoint will reimburse the reservation s value If the client prefers to acquire flights before or after the start end date of the programmes Waypoint does not assume any responsibility for any additional expenses with hotels transportation etc RESERVATION The organizational complexity of these programmes limits the number of possible registrations not only due to the programmes specific features but also due to accommodation constraints in some places You should make your reservation as soon as possible When you confirm your registration a reservation fee is required which corresponds to 40 of the total amount due The remainder should be paid up to sixty 60 days before the start date The reservations that are made in the 60 days that precede the start date should be confirmed by paying the total amount due Payments should be made by bank transfer or via PayPal If the client does not respect the set payment deadlines the reservation will be cancelled and the place will be taken by other client in our waiting list SINGLE BOOKING Although the stated prices are per person our programmes are based on a minimum group of 2 people Therefore a client that makes a reservation for one person accepts that s he

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  • General Information
    called St Martin s Summer as this saint s day is on 11 November POPULATION Portugal has a population of about 10 million The population density is at its greatest in Lisbon the capital and its suburbs where about 1 9 million people live The second largest city in Portugal is Porto in the north Generally speaking there are more people living in the country s coastal regions than in the inland areas RELIGION The majority of Portuguese are Catholics but the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom and there are a number of different religions in Portugal LANGUAGE From a Latin root Portuguese is spoken by about 250 million people in every continent and is the 5th most spoken language in the world and the 3rd if we only consider the European languages The Portuguese speaking countries are scattered all over the world Portuguese is spoken in Africa Angola Cape Verde Guinea Bissau Mozambique and São Tomé e Príncipe in South America Brazil and in Asia East Timor the youngest nation in the world and it is also the official language in Macao Special Administrative Region of China CLOTHING No matter which season you choose for you visit it is always necessary to bring a warm sweater a hat and gloves rain and wind proof shell as well as a pair of good shoes as you never know how the weather and wind may turn Another practical item is your bathing suit necessary for the pools and beaches HEALTH Portugal has good health service Travelers should have their individual travel insurance before coming to Portugal No vaccinations are required DRINKING WATER You can drink tap water as well as from public sources If you feel the different taste compared to what you used to it s probably because in Portugal

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  • General Conditions
    Animação Turística e Eventos Lda The administrator can advertise the portal and its partner websites in a legally admissible form however no compensation is due to those who advertise it or its partner websites be it in the media or by including links or banners Intellectual property All sounds images software texts photographs and contents that do not have any specific information and that are included in the portal or its partner websites are property of the corresponding administrator All articles and publications with reference to its authors or subscribers shall be their intellectual property unless all of the rights are expressly transmitted to Waypoint Lda We allow the quoting of excerpts from the information contents available in Waypoint pt in media specialty magazines or Internet websites as long as the source is clearly stated i e the complete URL address of the text and if there is a reference to the website Waypoint pt The unauthorized use of this intellectual property by third parties is legally forbidden and the infringers will incur civil and criminal liability Waypoint pt or its owners shall not be made responsible for infractions of the portal s or its partner websites users that affect third party rights Protection of personal data Waypoint Lda makes these General Conditions available to the users so that they can freely decide on whether or not to make a registration The personal data of the registered users can be used for statistical purposes website service orientation management and maintenance of the relationship with the users sending of commercial product and service information related to the portal or website as well as for other purposes Changes The information contained in this portal and its partner websites is subject to periodical changes and updates The owner reserves the right to change the General Conditions at any time and whenever necessary The user is responsible for previously reading the General Conditions each time s he uses the portal to acquire any product or service The subsequent use of the website and its partner websites after any changes implies total acceptance of those changes Waypoint Lda reserves the right to remove any information or contents of the portal or its partner websites regardless of the cause Availability and access Waypoint Lda does not guarantee the permanent availability or continuity of the website and its partner websites services Up to dateness veracity and accuracy Waypoint Lda does not guarantee the permanent up to dateness veracity and accuracy of the contents and services made available in the portal and its partner websites All the data related to products and services is purely informative The information that is available in Waypoint pt was based on public domain sources or supplied by local authorities or official bodies on data supplied by the accommodation owners and or on data supplied by other service providers Waypoint Lda does not assume any responsibility for the veracity up to dateness and accuracy of the contents Services provided by third parties Waypoint

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