Furnas de Santo António
Protected Area for the Management of Habitats or Species
With about 22 hectares, this is a marine area used by important colonies of Sterna dougallii, Sterna hirundo and Calonectris borealis.
It is a coastal area composed of pebble beaches and small islets located a few metres from the coast. It is a place of easy access, located near recreational and leisure facilities (camping sites, swimming pools, roads), which implies high levels of human disturbance, with a higher incidence in the summer months.
This protected area is included in the Furnas de Santo António Special Protection Area (SPA) within the Natura 2000 network, in the Furnas de Santo António Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), of the BirdLife International organization, and in the priority geosite of Arriba Fóssil de Santo António-São Roque (fossil sea-cliff) of the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark.