Explore the steppe and the Mediterranean “montado” passing by old mines and bird watching spots.
This unique trail begins at the village of Azinhal and leads you through the steppe (extensive fields of cereal production) and montado (forest area with cork and holm oaks). The landscape around here is also called Campo Branco (meaning a white field) due to the pale colour of the land cover. These areas are an example of a balanced habitat where human activities and nature conservation are compatible.
This area is part of the Castro Verde Biosphere Reserve and many birds can be spotted along the way, including the Great Bustard, Little Bustard, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Great Spotted Cuckoo, European Roller, Calandra Lark, Tawny Pipit and Rufous Bush Robin.
The trail will pass through the Minas da Balança, a former mining site. The path then leads you towards the small settlement of Corte Pequena, before closing the loop that will end at Azinhal, the starting point for the walk.
Tips, hints and links
Visit the nearby chapel of Our Lady of Aracelis at the top of the hill from where you may get an overview of the landscape.