Ilhas desertas

ilhas desertas

Where are the Ilhas Desertas?

Though near the main island of Madeira, where the islands can often be seen on the horizon, the geology of the Ilhas Desertas is starkly different.

How big is the Desertas Islands?

The archipelago of the Desertas Islands is a chain of three long and narrow islands that stretch over a north/south distance of 22.3 kilometres (13.9 mi). The Desertas Islands, from north to south with approximate area figures, are:

Where is Deserta Grande Island?

Deserta Grande Island is located about 25 kilometres (16 mi) southeast of the eastern tip of Madeira Island, Ponta de São Lourenço . The archipelago of the Desertas Islands is a chain of three long and narrow islands that stretch over a north/south distance of 22.3 kilometres (13.9 mi).

What is the shape of Deserta?

The shape of Deserta looks like an arrow pointing south, between the Atlantic Ocean and Ria Formosa. The island has been kept pristine for many years, and today still surprises. From birds, to plants and flowers, crustacean, chameleons and others still to be found, Ilha Deserta is a hotspot of biodiversity.

What does Ilhas Desertas mean?

Deserted Islands The direct English translation of Ilhas Desertas is Deserted or Desert Island. The rocky Ilhas Desertas are located approximately 15 miles to the southeast of Madeira.

Where are the Desertas Islands?

The Desertas Islands, from north to south with approximate area figures, are: Administratively, the islands are part of the Municipality of Santa Cruz in Madeira, and in the Santa Cruz civil parish . The islands are a designated Portuguese nature reserve. A licence is needed to land there.

Where is the camping area of the natural desert islands?

The camping area of the Natural Desert Islands as expected, it’s located in Desert Islands about 35 km from Funchal, southeast of Madeira island. The camping area is located next to the guards house in Deserta Grande, just a few meters from the sea.

What is the natural reserve of the desert islands?

The Natural Reserve of the Desert Islands has a total area of 12586 hectares, bounded by the bathymetric of 100 meters and includes all islands and islets. In March 2014 it received the European Diploma of the Council of Europe for the protected areas. Desert Islands are also home to the known Mediterranean monk seal, Monachus monachus.

Where is the Deserta Grande?

West coast of Deserta Grande Island, from nature reserve base. It is located 23 kilometres (14 mi) southeast of Madeira Island, off the western coast of North Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.

Where are the Desertas Islands?

The Desertas Islands, from north to south with approximate area figures, are: Administratively, the islands are part of the Municipality of Santa Cruz in Madeira, and in the Santa Cruz civil parish . The islands are a designated Portuguese nature reserve. A licence is needed to land there.

What are the Desertas?

The Desertas consist of three small islands - the Ilhéu Chão, Deserta Grande and Bugio - all of volcanic origin. These islands are uninhabited due to the inhospitable conditions and lack of fresh water.

Why is the Desertas archipelago important?

The Desertas archipelago has been recognised as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because of its seabird colonies. These include Feas and Bulwers petrels, Corys and Barolo shearwaters, band-rumped storm petrels, common terns and Caspian gulls.

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