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Tejo/Tajo International Transboundary Biosphere Reserve

  • Tejo/Tajo International Transboundary Biosphere Reserve © Noel Vega

    Tejo/Tajo International Transboundary Biosphere Reserve © Noel Vega



428.176 hectares
Cáceres, Extremadura

Telephone+34 927006225 - +34 927006158


Protected nature around the Tagus river (Tajo)

This natural space was awarded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status in 2016. The territory is mainly rural and wilderness, with few signs of human activity. The Biosphere Reserve comprises 14 municipalities in Cáceres province, Extremadura, and 12 in Portugal. The native Mediterranean wildlife in the reserve includes several rare and endangered species. The terrain is steep and abrupt around the river, and dominated by holm oaks, cork oaks, and scrub.

Practical information

Information for visits

The International Tagus Natural Park visitors’ centre is in Alcántara. The Natural Park is part of the Biosphere Reserve and provides information on its protected space. A boat trip along the river is an interesting way to visit.

Environmental information

It is the habitat for species including the Iberian imperial eagle, Bonelli’s eagle, black stork, Egyptian vulture, great bustard, otter, Iberian frog, Spanish pond turtle, and other animals. The yellow iris is a symbol of the park and its flora. It is also rich in orchids, with many native species.

Cultural information

The local economy is almost entirely based on forestry and livestock farming, especially sheep, cattle, and pigs. Other economic activities include cork harvesting, bee-keeping, and cereal production.


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