Nature Reserves


Porto Santo Network of Protected Marine Areas

The Porto Santo Network of Protected Marine Areas comprises the areas of the six islets around the island of Porto Santo, namely, the islets of Cenouras, Baixo or Cal, Cima or Dragoeiros, also known nowadays as Farol, Fora or Rocha do Nordeste, Fonte da Areia and Ferro, and the marine area surrounding the islets of Cal and Cima, including the spot where the shipwreck of O Madeirense lies.
All surface areas of the six islets are a Special Conservation Area, part of the Natura 2000 network.

The islets, in spite of their inhospitable appearance, hold a natural heritage that demands conservation, for their scientific and natural important features, as well as, outstanding landscape.
The shoreline vegetation displays important examples of the coastal flora of Macaronesia.
They are also favoured locations for sea birds to nest.
There is abundant and varied sea fauna, in part due to the shipwreck of O Madeirense, which has become an excellent location for diving.
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