|Arrábida (XVI century monastery) - PORTUGAL - UNESCO TENTATIVE|
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Arrábida Natural Park - PORTUGAL - UNESCO TENTATIVE
Not far from Lisbon, Arrábida Natural Park is a very beautiful area, and a UNESCO candidate since 2004; maybe next year it will join the list. This card came from Cátia who lives right in the heart of this park - Thank you! This postcard took 11 days to arrive!
Between Setubal and Sesimbra lies the Arrábida Natural Park, a beautiful protected area covered with pines and rich Mediterranean vegetation, including many rare species. Perched up on the hills overlooking the sea is a dazzling white 16th century Franciscan monastery, and along the slope of the hillside are five round chapels once used for solitary meditation. Down below, the crystal-clear waters of the sheltered beach of Portinho da Arrábida Monastery in Arrabida Natural Park are relatively warm and popular with scuba divers and underwater fishermen.