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PARQUE NATURAL DO ALVÃO
Overview
This nature reserve lies between the River Corgo and the River Tâmega and borders on the Marão mountains. The area is filled with silurian schist formations that are of great natural and geological interest and its focal point is the waterfall on the River Olo. Known as the Fisgas de Ermelo waterfall, it lies 16 km from Mondim de Basto and is a fantastic sight as it crashes through a barrier of quartzite to fall 200m to the ground below.

The landscape of the park is arid in the peak area, which extends to 1339m, and lush in the lowlands. Throughout the park, small woods and rocky outcrops can be seen, alongside areas of barren land where, since the 1940s, pine forests have flourished. Otters, diving birds and falcons can still be seen in Alvão. In the villages of Ermelo, Lamas de Olo and Arnal, you can see well-preserved clusters of typical Alvão buildings.
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