To provide a nice walk in this natural landscape and view some wildlife, specially birds and take some nice photos. Avoid heat hours to hunt this cache. Be sure to bring your camera. To fully appreciate this cache and the hike, i suggest you park your car at the parking waypoint and follow the path in this image.
Otherwise check the PDF brochure (English or Portuguese) to find an easier, shorter way.
BEFORE YOU GO, PLEASE READ THIS:
- DO NOT DISTURB WILD LIFE. This area is a natural reserve, a wild life sanctuary. Would you make loud noises in a church?
- Please take nothing but photos. Leave nothing but footprints. No dogs please.
- Please walk or ride a bicycle.
- Don't come when it's rainy. Muddy tracks.
- Some areas of the path may be smelly at low tide.
- Mosquito repellent might be useful at some hours of the day.
Salt Marsh Natural Reserve - Covering an area of 2,089 hectares, with wet areas of salt marsh, salt pans and creeks and dry areas of schist soils, red clay, arenite and sand, the reserve contains a wide variety of biotopes.
It therefore offers a unique opportunity to observe the different ways in which plants and animals adapt to the natural environment. For most visitors, the reserves' biggest attraction is undoubtedly the large number of birds - especially aquatic birds - that can be seen there.
There are 153 species to spot, including storks, avocets, sand pipers, mallards and the ever popular flamingos.
Because the reserve is a permanent home to some species, a seasonal refuge for others and a migratory stopping off point for yet others, it offers ornithologists a constantly changing year round panoply of sights and sounds.
The great richness of its flora - 439 plant species in all - makes the reserve a paradise for those interested in botany. Its abundant natural wealth also includes 34 species of mollusk, 10 species of fish, 13 reptile species, 11 amphibians, 6 species of crustacean and 13 mammals.
A visit to the reserve is an opportunity to gain an appreciation in just a few hours of the complex world of wildlife.
A visitors center at Cerro da Rocha provides documentation and guides to itineraries.
WHERE'S THE CACHE?
This cache is located near pedestrian trail of Cerro do Bufo, near Castro Marim, and the Portugal - Spain border.
- OPTIONAL: Download PDF trail brochure with advice and traffic directions: English or Portuguese.
- You don't have to complete the trail to find the cache.
- Distance from recommended parking waypoint to the cache: around 4 km. There is a shorter path, not as interesting. Check brochure.
- No shadows available. Avoid heat hours. Bring water and maybe mosquito repellent.
- Be careful not to enter private grounds near parking waypoint. Please check brochure to find the right path.
- To fully appreciate this cache, i suggest you park your car at the parking waypoint.
********* HAPPY CACHE HUNT - RESPECT NATURE *********