Portugal is often referred to as the 'Green
Heart' of the country. This is possibly because of the
abundance of Pine and Eucalyptus forests and lush green valleys.
The area of
roughly covers the following districts -
Leiria, Portalegre, Castelo Branco, Viseu and Guarda.
Rios ZÍzere and
Mondego, two of
Portugal's major rivers, start and finish within the boundaries
of the region and help to keep it green even in the height of
summer. The countryside varies dramatically - from the sandy
beaches of the
Silver and Lisbon Coast to the rugged peaks of
the Serra da Estrela mountains.
Portugal has a diverse mix
of flora and fauna. There are a range of wild flowers, shrub
species and trees including lilies, orchids, curry plant and