One of the most exotic sights we were privileged to see were the Greater Flamingos ( ) which live on the Salgados Wetlands.
Another exotic species to be found within a short walk of where we were staying, was a small tree flowering along the roadside. The Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) has some beautiful, blue/purple flowers.
Separating the wetlands from the sea, were some extensive sand dunes. Dunes are an increasingly rare habitat these days as we tend to like to build holiday resorts all over them. These dunes were at least protected from too much disturbance by the construction of wooden walkways across them.
These dunes also provided a great place for the Curry-scented everlasting plants (Helichrysum stoechas) which formed clumps of dessicated foliage all over and filled the air with their perfume (Poor Malcolm doesn't like the smell of curry, so he didn't think much to them).