Ein verborgenes Juwel des Atlantiks: Die Selvagens Islands

A hidden gem of the Atlantic: The Selvagens Islands

In the middle of the wide Atlantic, between Madeira and the Canary Islands, lie the little-known Selvagens Islands (Ilhas Selvagens). A paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers that is still undiscovered by most.

It is a group of small islands in the Atlantic Ocean and belongs to Portugal. The archipelago consists of:

  • Selvagem Grande : The largest of the islands. There is also a small permanent research station here, visited by park rangers and occasionally biologists and researchers.

  • Selvagem Pequena : A smaller island southeast of Selvagem Grande.

  • Ilhéu de Fora : An even smaller islet located close to Selvagem Pequena.

In addition to these main islands, there are some rocks and reefs in the area.

Fascinating facts about the Selvagens Islands

  1. Nature reserve since 1971 : This archipelago was declared a nature reserve in 1971 and is now one of the oldest marine protected areas in Portugal. It is the only Portuguese protected area to be awarded the European Diploma by the EU.

  2. A birdwatcher's paradise : The islands are an important breeding ground for many species of seabirds, including the rarest of all, the Madeiran shearwater.

  3. Historical Background : Despite their remoteness, the islands have a rich history. They were discovered by Portuguese sailors in the 15th century and have been the scene of various sea battles and pirate raids over the years.

  4. Unique Flora and Fauna : The Selvagens Islands are home to several endemic plant species found nowhere else in the world. The clear waters surrounding the islands are also a haven for various marine life, including some endangered shark species.

  5. The Name : “Selvagens” means “wild” in Portuguese, a fitting name for this wild and untouched archipelago.

For those who seek the unknown and want to experience the untouched beauty of nature, a sailing trip to the Selvagens Islands offers an unparalleled experience. In addition to the impressive landscape and abundant wildlife, traveling to this remote destination also offers the chance to disconnect from the modern world and focus entirely on the here and now.

As one of the few providers of sailing trips to this breathtaking destination, we offer not just a trip, but an unforgettable adventure. Discover the secrets of the Selvagens Islands with us and let yourself be enchanted by their wild beauty. Be ready for a trip you won't soon forget!

Back to blog