Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park

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Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Praia da Costa Vicentina.jpg
Map Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina.gif
Map of the land area of the park in the southwest corner of Portugal
LocationAlentejo Litoral & Barlavento Algarvio, Portugal
Coordinates37°27′23″N 8°47′19″W / 37.45639°N 8.78861°W / 37.45639; -8.78861Coordinates: 37°27′23″N 8°47′19″W / 37.45639°N 8.78861°W / 37.45639; -8.78861
Area895.7 km2 (345.8 sq mi)[1]
CreatedJuly 7, 1988 (1988-07-07)
Visitors12,718 (in 2017-2020 (average))[2]
Governing bodyICNF

Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park (PNSACV) is a natural park located in southwest Portugal. It occupies an area of 895.7 km2 (345.8 sq mi) (605.8 km2 (233.9 sq mi) on land and 289.9 km2 (111.9 sq mi) at sea) and is one of the last strongholds of the wild European coast.[3] It has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the country with over 12 endemic species of plant[4] and several bird nesting sites.

The park was created on 7 July 1987 in order to promote the protection and sustainable use of natural resources and other natural, landscape and cultural values while promoting the economic, social and cultural development of the region.[5]


  1. ^ "Sudoeste Alentejano E Costa Vicentina | DOPA Explorer". Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Número de visitantes que contactaram as áreas protegidas". ICNF. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  3. ^ Bastos, Maria Rosário; Dias, João A.; Baptista, Manuela; Batista, Carla (March 2012). "Ocupação do Litoral do Alentejo, Portugal: passado e presente". Revista de Gestão Costeira Integrada. 12 (1): 99–116. ISSN 1646-8872. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Nature Park". Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Decreto-Lei 241/88, 1988-07-07" (in Portuguese). Diário da República. Retrieved 31 May 2021.

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