Welcome to Reserva Natural da Berlenga
In the 16th century Berlenga Grande was home to a monastery, but now the most famous inhabitants are thousands of nesting seabirds, especially guillemots. The birds take priority over human visitors: the only development that has been allowed includes housing for a small fishing community and a lighthouse. Paths are clearly marked to stop day trippers trespassing on the birds’ domain.
Linked to the island by a narrow causeway is the 17th-century Forte de São João Baptista, now one of the country’s most dramatic (but barren) hostels.