Nature Reserve & Recreation Park of Fontinhas
Right in the centre of the island, in the parish of Santo Espírito, the Nurseries and Nature Reserve of Fontinhas benefit from climacteric conditions favourable to the production and development of exuberant greenery.
The recreational park comprises essentially exotic species — Japanese red cedars and sequoias being the main ones — but the tree fern (Sphaeroptheris cooperi) is definitely the symbol of the reserve; the tree fern is an ornamental plant from Australia whose high foliage stands out in the bright green of the vegetation.
How to get there:
Take Estrada regional nr. 1 between Vila do Porto and Santo Espírito, on kilometer 11, after the viewpoint of Fontinhas.
Download the reserve formation regional law decree
Infrastructures in Nature Reserve & Recreation Park:
Serviço Florestal de Santa Maria
Salvaterra - Santo Antão
9580 - 486 Vila do Porto
Tel.: 296 204 685
From 1 June to 30 September
09h00 AM to 7h00 PM
From 1 October to 31 May
36º 57' 36.312'' N
-25º 04' 28.516'' W