Serra da Arrábida
Due to its privileged location next to the sea and its resident biodiversity, Arrábida has unique features in terms of climate and vegetation, which are distinctly Mediterranean.
The mountain, which boasts moderate temperatures and rare species, gets its name from the Arabic term for “place of worship”.
The Arrábida Natural Park ensures the protection of an area that covers around 11 thousands hectares, most of which facing the sea, providing spectacular views. A good example is the new Outão Ecopark.
Along the mountain’s winding roads, which allow you to slow down and take in the views, you will find many idyllic spots, from beaches to enchanting valleys.
In addition to its remarkable natural heritage, Arrábida is rich in architectural heritage.
The Arrábida Convent, the Fortress of St. Philip and the Fort of St. Mary – which houses the Oceanographic Museum and a marine biology centre, owned by the Arrábida Natural Park – are examples of the harmonious cohabitation between the humans and nature.
Built on the southern slope of the mountain, the Arrábida Convent, founded in 1542 by Franciscan friars, looks more like a work of nature than of Man, due to its modest architectural features and size.