Generations of ancestors have settled in our valley for its healing spring water and fertile lands. With a history of inhabitants for at least 10,000 years – from the Lusitani who built the megalithic temple of Fraga da Pena, to the Romans, the Moors, and the modern era. This is a landscape of terraced gardens and forests, surrounded by neolithic temples and dolmens, Roman copper mines, relics of ancient Islam and early Christendom, providing an unbroken link to our ancestral past.
Our intention is to convert this valley into a Biodiversity Park, a special area for rewilding and nature discovery. With minimum intervention and maximum protection, nature will regenerate and rebalance herself. The best indicators of ecological regeneration are improving soil quality and increasing biodiversity. Recovering biodiversity leads to more birds, insects, wild animals, an increasing range of plant life, and the soil becoming richer in microorganisms, providing the basis for entire eco-system recovery.
Vale das Lobas
The wolf represents the realm of instinct and is a powerful symbol of the wild.
Rich Agricultural Tradition
The heart of the valley is rich in ancient olives, chestnut forest, oak and cork trees, and surrounded by rugged granite outcrops and hillsides. Once home to native wild forests, and a patchwork of subsistence farming, now almost entirely abandoned, and recently razed by fires.
The chestnut forest of 15 hectares was first planted over 3 centuries ago. In the last fifty years these ancient trees recovered from two wildfires with impressive vitality. Now this majestic ancient forest is a natural coppice, with a mix of new and dead stands, and a burgeoning biodiversity.
The valley is home to a wide variety of species, including frogs, toads, snakes, river turtles, genets, wild boar, badgers, foxes, and a multitude of bird species, including owls, falcons, eagles, nightjars, cuckoos, woodpeckers and bee-eaters.