Castro Verde municipality classified as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Passeios fluviais no lago do Alqueva, Alentejo - Alquevatours.

The municipality of Castro Verde, “a humanized ecosystem of high natural value” bordering the county in which is inserted Vale de Camelos, was on Wednesday classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, announced the municipality.

The candidacy of Castro Verde was approved today in Paris by the International Coordination Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MaB) program of UNESCO.

This distinction was based on the fact that the county of Castro Verde is “a humanized ecosystem of high natural value, fruit of a continuous work of several decades”. Continue reading “Castro Verde municipality classified as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve”

‘Alentejo Song’ was elected Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Monumento ao Cante Alentejano em S. Marcos Atabueira, Alentejo.

Did you know that Portugal has, in its cultural heritage, a very genuine musical expression, unique in the world, the “Cante Alentejano” (Alentejo Song), now recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO?

While travelling through Alentejo, you may be lucky enough to have a close encounter with a chorus of Cante in the streets or in a local restaurant near Vale de Camelos.