Portugal enters a State of Contingency from today, July 11th.

July 11, 2022by Walk Sintra
Monday, July 11th, 2022 – State of Contingency declared until Friday 15th due to increased risk of wildfires. What can and can’t we do to protect ourselves and Nature?


The Government declared the State of Contingency in Portugal between 00:00 hours on July 11th and 23:59 hours on July 15th.

This Declaration results from the elevation of the Special Alert State of the Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil (ANEPC), due to the worsening of the forecasts of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and atmosphere (IPMA), with much of the continental territory at the high, very high and maximum levels of fire risk. 

These measures currently have a high readiness level, which means they will be triggered if and when they are needed.


What can’t we do in Portugal?


  • Access, move, and remain within forest spaces, forest paths, rural paths, or any other roads that cross them;
  • Start fires or burn forest exploitation leftovers;
  • Carry out work in forest spaces using any type of machinery, apart from fighting to put out rural fires;
  • Carry out work in other rural spaces using motorizes of blades or metal discs, cross-bushes, breakers, and machines with blades or front shovels;
  • Use/detonate fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices, regardless of their form of combustion (this includes those already authorized – all previously issued authorizations are suspended).


What can’t we do in Sintra? (in addition to previous information)


  • Visit National Palace and Park of PenaMoorish CastleConvent of the Capuchos, Park and Palace of Monserrate, Quinta da Regaleira, and Biester Palace. These monuments are closed from July 11th to 15th by legal imposition, due to extreme risk of rural fire.


Our suggestions:


  • You can visit The National Palace of Sintra, and The National Palace of Queluz.
  • Walk around Historic Center and discover town routes such as the PR1 and The Route of the Famous Pastry Shop.
  • Another suggestion for walking is on the trail GR11 – Atlantic Path. It’ll take you along the coastline, where the temperature is pleasantly breezy, and there are even some cafes and restaurants along the way. While on this trail, you can access all the beaches between Cabo da Roca and Magoito. There is public transport available on almost all beaches, except for Ursa Beach (the nearest transport is located in Cabo da Roca), Adraga (closer is in Almoçageme) and Aguda (has public transport in Azenhas do Mar and Magoito).


Stay hydrated!


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Source: https://www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/gc23/comunicacao/noticia?i=governo-declara-situacao-de-contingencia-devido-aos-incendios

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