Vale do Guadiana will have an Interpretation Center and Iberian Lynx Observatory

This is the only region in the country where there is an Iberian lynx

The Interpretation Center and Observatory of the Iberian Lynx are being built in S. João dos Caldeireiros, to integrate a route alluding to the most endangered feline in the world, in the Guadiana Valley region, announced the Association for the Defense of the Heritage of Mértola ( ADPM).

«Following the Iberian Program for the reintroduction of the species in the Guadiana Valley, this is currently the only region in the country where this emblematic species occurs», explains ADPM in a press release.

For this reason, it is also planned “the installation of an exhibition in Amendoeira da Serra and a multimedia kiosk in Mértola”, both about the Iberian Lynx, adds the association.

«This is an initiative to enhance and promote tourism in the Mértola and Serpa region, based on a set of activities structured in an intervention plan that, taking advantage of a local differentiating factor – the unique presence in the country, of the Iberian lynx in freedom – , it will make it possible to enhance the existing tourist offer, giving visibility to activities, tourist routes, heritage, gastronomic and cultural resources, which constitute a tourist attraction factor of a non-seasonal nature for the entire region», says the ADPM.

«Por Terras do Lince-Iberico» is a project promoted by ADPM, in partnership with the Parish Councils of S. João dos Caldeireiros and Alcaria Ruiva, with the support of the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) and co-financing of the Valorizar – Tourist Enhancement of the Interior Program of Turismo de Portugal.