Rocha do Navio Nature Reserve in Santana, Madeira Island




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Rocha do Navio Nature Reserve

Rocha do Navio Nature Reserve is located in Santana, and was the last park to be created in 1997. It was established in response to demands from the local population and includes a strip of sea, a potential habitat for sea wolf and a small island on which one can see rare plants that inhabit the cliff habitats of Macaronesia.
There is open access by boat, but underwater fishing and the use of fishing nets are forbidden.
The “Rocha do Navio Nature Reserve” site has total area of 1710 hectares and total length of 6259 meters.
It is exclusively marine, including the islets of “Ilhéu da Rocha das Vinhas” and “Ilhéu da Viúva”. This Reserve is integrated in the Natura 2000 Network.
It is located on the north coast of Madeira Island, in the Municipality of Santana. The main access is made through the Belvedere of “Rocha do Navio”, along a path sculpted on the rock or by telepheric.
The name “Rocha do Navio” comes from the wreckage of a Dutch schooner in the 19th century, as a result of strong winds.

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