Quality self catering in the Serra da Sao Mamede, Alto Alentejo, Portugal.

National Park Portugal Alentejo & the nature of Quinta Azenha do Ramalho

Here are a few of the many pictures that we took at the Quinta and elsewhere in the Parque Natural da Serra de Sao Mamede.   The month indicates when the picture was taken.  If you like wild flowers, don't miss Alentejo in spring, the Provence of Portugal.


Viola, February

Viola, February

Amethyst broomrape, Orobanche amethystea ssp.amethystea, April

Parasitic amethyst broomrape, Orobanche amethystea ssp.amethystea, April

White broom, May

White broom, May


White-leaved Cistus, Cistus albidus

White-leaved Cistus, Cistus albidus, May

Gum Cistus, Cistus ladanifer

Gum Cistus, Cistus ladanifer, May


Perennial pimpernel (blue), Anagallis monelli ssp. monelli

Perennial pimpernel (blue), Anagallis monelli ssp. monelli

Provençal Fritillary, Mellicta deione

Provençal Fritillary, Mellicta deione

Tassel Hyacinth, Muscari comosum

Tassel Hyacinth, Muscari comosum, April

Large skipper, male, Ochlodes venata

Large skipper, male, Ochlodes venata

Star-of-Bethlehem, Asphodelus ramosus

Star-of-Bethlehem, Asphodelus ramosus, April

Basil-like Sunrose, Halimium ocymoides

Basil-like Sunrose, Halimium ocymoides, May

Scarce swallowtail, Iphiclides podalirius

Scarce swallowtail, Iphiclides podalirius

Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria

Speckled Wood, Pararge aegeria

Chapman's Blue, Agrodiaetus thersites or Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

Chapman's Blue, Agrodiaetus thersites or Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus